Two dynamic black educators train teachers to help black students excel

Nationwide ( — Award-winning educators and authors, Chike Akua and Kobie Wilkerson will host the next Teacher Transformation Institute (TTI) in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday, November 8-9, 2012. “Teachers come from all over the country to learn how to increase reading, math, and science achievement,” says Akua, a former Teacher of the Year who was selected as one of Ebony magazine’s “50 Leaders of Tomorrow.”

“Professional development begins with personal development,” says Wilkerson. “Teachers get both at the Teacher Transformation Institute.”

For Akua and Wilkerson, increasing the achievement of African American students is not a one-shot deal or an event. It is a process that requires an ongoing commitment. “Uncommon accomplishments require uncommon commitment,” says Akua, the Executive Director of the Teacher Transformation Institute. “We are committed to training a new generation of culturally conscious and culturally competent teachers who know how to bring out the best in our children.”

Those who attend the 2012 Teacher Transformation Institute will get another special treat. “I will be releasing my book, Education for Transformation: The Keys to Releasing the Genius of African American Students, a collection of the best hands-on strategies I have researched and used in my 20-year experience as an educator to increase student achievement,” says Akua. Many schools are using this book with their teachers and it has questions for thought, reflection, and discussion at the end of each chapter. To register and learn more about the Teacher Transformation Institute, log on to

TTI is a standards-based, research-driven, best practices training conference for educators, administrators, and counselors who are interested in dramatically improving the achievement of African American students. “First and foremost it is imperative that the culture and climate of a school shift to create an environment that can support achievement before a discussion about increasing achievement can occur,” says nationally-known trainer Kobie Wilkerson who has partnered with Akua to produce TTI.

Wilkerson, who is best known for transforming school culture, is passionate about equipping teachers and administrators with tools to create authentic relationships and empower students through their instruction. He will release his highly acclaimed children’s book Queen Infinity, an enchanting rhyming tale of a little girl who becomes queen because of her knowledge and wisdom gained from reading. The book contains interdisciplinary facts, riddles, math problems and lessons brilliantly woven into the story.

According to past conference evaluations, educators love the Teacher Transformation Institute because they have never experienced practical, hands-on professional development in a setting that is fun, dynamic, interactive and engaging. Educators emerge rejuvenated, not only with cutting-edge teaching techniques and strategies, but also with an inspired and renewed commitment to the students they teach. Other presenters at this year’s TTI include Valencia Thornton (Helping Struggling Students Master Mathematics), counselor and author, Dr. Lisa Tait (Countdown to College: Strategies for Helping Students Gain Admission to the College of Their Choice).

Photo Caption: Chike Akua and Kobie Wilkerson