Mission

EDUCATOR. Author. RESEARCHER. SPEAKER.

Professional Learning with a PURPOSE!

Jahkari "JT" Taylor is an award-winning educational leader, researcher, author, and national speaker. He has presented at the national conferences of many professional organizations, including ASCD, NCTE, and AMLE. JT has been featured in a WHRO commercial titled "The Teaching Profession" and has presented across the nation at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards, including Iota Phi Lambda Emerald Educator, Teacher of the Year at Oscar F. Smith High School, Overall City-Wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools, and 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader. He has over 14 years of experience working as a Special Education Teacher, Title I Instructional Coach, and a full-time Educational Consultant.

As the Chief Equity Officer of Purpose Pushers LLC, JT works with several educational organizations, university professors, district and building-level administrators, and K-12 educators to build competence and confidence. Using his unique and thought-provoking approach to adult learning, JT facilitates engaging professional development to help educators move from theory to practice. His research areas include educational equity, multicultural consciousness, culturally responsive practices, social-emotional learning, and special education.

JT's motto is simple: "Know Your Why!"

Educational Qualifications

  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Advanced Education Leadership (Class of 2022).
  • Completed National Association of Secondary Schools Principal's "Breaking Ranks" Leadership Training for School Improvement (2018).
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (2015).
  • Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University (2013).
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University "Magna Cum Laude" (2011).

Speaker Experience

  • (2021) Leading Equity Virtual Summit - "The Art of Advocacy" - January 11-13
  • (2020) ASCD December Virtual Conference: "Student Success in the Early Grades" - December
  • (2020) NCTE Virtual Annual Convention: Confluencia! - November
  • (2020) ASCD Virtual Symposium: Trauma-Sensitive Schools - October 28
  • (2020) AMLE20 Virtual Conference - October 23-25
  • (2020) Teacher Success Summit - October 19-23
  • (2020) ASCD Virtual Conferences - Back to School - August 13-14
  • (2020) "Closing the Gap for ALL Learners" - Citywide Elementary School Conference for Suffolk Public Schools (Keynote)
  • (2019) Hampton City Schools 10th Annual Boys Conference hosted by Hampton University
  • (2019) Region 2 SCA Conference hosted by Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA (Keynote)
  • (2019) Coordinating Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Summer Institute: Reframing Discipline - Norfolk Public Schools
  • (2019) Virginia Education Association's "Instructional and Professional Development Conference"
  • (2019) Region 2 Equity Conference - Leading and Teaching for Equity at the Virginia Beach Convention Center
  • (2019) Fresh Ink - Writers Workshop
  • (2019) Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA) Convention hosted by Regent University (Keynote)
  • (2019) Virginia Education Association's "Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color Conference hosted by Norfolk State University
  • (2018) Region 2 Title 1 Conference hosted by Virginia Beach Public Schools
  • (2017) Virginia Education Association's "Celebrate, Educate, Advocate!" Instruction & Professional Development Conference
  • (2017) 2nd Annual Region II Excellence Through Equity Conference hosted by Chesapeake Public Schools
  • (2021) Old Dominion University - Darden College of Education - Department of Teaching and Learning (Why Do They Do That? - Understanding and Preventing Disruptive Behaviors)
  • (2020) Michigan State University - College of Education - Department of K-12 Educational Administration (Creating a healthy, equitable, and inclusive school culture)
  • (2020) Old Dominion University - Darden College of Education - Department of Teaching and Learning (Classroom management for preservice teachers)
  • (2019) Old Dominion University - Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (Keynote)
  • (2018) Washington College - Institute of Religion, Politics, and Culture in Chestertown, MD (Keynote)
  • (2018) Old Dominion University - Student Government Association (Keynote)
  • (2017) Virginia Wesleyan University - Teacher Preparation Program (Keynote)
  • (2017) Norfolk State University - Future Teacher Academy Conference 2017
  • (2021) Hollingworth Elementary - West Covina, California
  • (2021) Florence Bowser ES - Suffolk, VA
  • (2021) Loudoun County Public Schools - CTE Dept PD Day
  • (2021) Jacox ES - Norfolk, VA
  • (2021) Booker T. Washington HS - Norfolk, VA
  • (2021) James Monroe Elementary - Norfolk, VA
  • (2020) Phoebus High School - Hampton, VA
  • (2020) Southside Stem Academy at Campostella - Norfolk, VA
  • (2020) Hampton High School - Hampton, VA
  • (2020) Azalea Gardens Middle School - Norfolk, VA
  • (2020) Blair Middle School - Norfolk, VA
  • (2020) Oscar F. Smith High School - Chesapeake, VA
  • (2020) Oceanair Elementary - Norfolk, VA
  • (2019) Crestwood Intermediate School - Chesapeake, VA
  • (2019) Woodside High School - Newport News, VA
  • (2019) Green Run Elementary School - Virginia Beach, VA
  • (2019) William E. Waters Middle School - Portsmouth, VA
  • (2019) Azalea Gardens Middle School - Norfolk, VA
  • (2019) Blair Middle School - Norfolk VA
  • (2019) Special Education Supervisor Retreat - Portsmouth Public School
  • (2019) Oceanair Elementary School - Norfolk, VA
  • (2018) Deep Creek High School - Chesapeake, VA
  • (2018) Norfolk Highlands Primary - Norfolk, VA
  • (2018) Pioneer Elementary - Suffolk, VA
  • (2017) Crestwood Intermediate - Chesapeake, VA
  • (2017) George W. Carver Intermediate
  • (2017) Portlock Primary
  • (2017) Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology
  • (2016) Crestwood Intermediate - Chesapeake, VA