Jamilah
Pitts


Jamilah Pitts is an educational consultant and equity and justice strategist whose work centers the liberation, healing and holistic development of youth, particularly children of color. In partnership with schools, leaders and organizations, Jamilah provides training, strategic planning and thought leadership on anti-racist, culturally responsive, equitable and restorative practices; anti-bias curriculum development; and wellness and yoga practices for student and staff self-preservation. She has served as a teacher, coach, dean of instruction, dean of students and assistant principal, and has worked at schools in Massachusetts, New York City, The Dominican Republic, China and India. Jamilah threads her passion for human rights and social justice into her teaching, writing, scholarship and other artistic pursuits. She sees education as her life’s work and calling and truly believes that education should be an avenue through which empathy, healing and justice are promoted.
 
Jamilah holds degrees from Spelman College and Boston College, and she is pursuing an additional graduate degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellow, Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar, a Fund for Teachers Fellow and a member of the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. She can be found at jamilahpitts.com 

Articles by Jamilah

Teaching as Activism, Teaching as Care

I have begun to feel helpless during this time. But I never felt helpless as a teacher.

Urban Teachers of Color Pushed Out: Why I Left the Classroom

This educator explains why she left teaching—and some common reasons why so many other urban teachers of color leave too.

Appreciation for My Fellow Teachers

This Teacher Appreciation Week, educator Jamilah Pitts shares some love for you, her fellow teachers.

Black History Month Teaching: Miseducation or Empowerment?

This high school English teacher encourages educators to focus on African Americans' contributions to the United States, with the Harlem Renaissance as a way to begin.

Why I Will Not Be Teaching About Charlottesville

After Charlottesville, this black teacher of black and brown students knew that her kids would not want another lesson about bigotry and racism. Here’s what she did instead.