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.