Dr. Chike Akua is a leading authority on increasing the achievement of today's students, especially those in some of the most challenging schools and communities. His book Education for Transformation is a favorite among teachers and leaders and has been endorsed by a number of prominent national education educators. As a recognized master teacher, Dr. Akua has been an invited keynote presenter and trainer at regional and national conferences, school systems, colleges and universities. With a culturally relevant approach toward closing the achievement gap, he is known for his dynamic, interactive presentations to teachers, parents, and students.
Dr. Akua has 14 years of teaching experience in Virginia and Georgia public school systems. In 1995, he was selected Teacher of the Year for Newport News Public Schools (VA) and was also selected as one of Ebony magazine’s “50 Leaders of Tomorrow.” A year later, in 1996, the Dekalb County Board of Education (Atlanta, Georgia) recognized him with the Excellence in Education Award for Service to Youth. Additionally, he has been an invited lecturer for undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education at Georgia State University, Southern University, Howard University and Clark Atlanta University.
Deeply committed to culturally relevant pedagogy and the development of culturally relevant instructional materials, Dr. Akua has written and published several books and parent/teacher guides designed for today’s students. His book, A Treasure Within: Stories of Remembrance and Rediscovery was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Reading Revolution is his most recent publication (co-authored with Tavares Stephens). The books have been adopted by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Regional Youth Detention Center and public schools around the country.
Dr. Akua is a committed volunteer with several youth mentoring and leadership academies and college preparatory camps for middle school and high school students. He has helped lead over 1000 students and parents on trips throughout Egypt, Ghana, Morocco and Senegal through the African Genesis Institute's Teen Summit 1000 program. Dr. Akua is frequently called upon by education, civic, and social organizations to speak about educational excellence and cultural knowledge.