How Are You Building and Supporting the School to Activism Pipeline?

El-Mekki’s leadership is marked by his own cultural pride, a personal record of activism, and an unapologetic commitment to making sure Black students have the supports and tools to do the nation-building their community requires them to do.

Educators must engage the communities they serve in a way that helps families’ visions for their children to manifest themselves within and outside of school.

This was the vision for our Mastery Charter – Shoemaker Campus community – one of academic rigor, cultural pride, student voice and activism, and profound love for our children, youth, and the west Philly community.

It was with great honor that our school community hosted the Education Trust and a team of researchers who were working on a Profile in Educational Equity. Dr. Robin Harris, Dr. Ashley Griffin, and Dr. Davis Dixon and other members of the Education Trust team spent time with us at Mastery Charter School – Shoemaker Campus engaging with our people.

The profile Dr. Robin Harris’s wrote about our community was published on the Education Trust’s webpage.

Sharif El-Mekki
Sharif El-Mekki
Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. From 2013-2015, he was one of three principal ambassador fellows working on issues of education policy and practice with U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan.


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