Culturally Responsive Educators

The Chilton ISD is proud to announce our convocation week speakers.  As we RISE through this public health crisis, it is essential that we re-imagine teaching and learning so that all students are positioned to prosper.   Please see the biographical notes on our presenters below:

Nashid Sharrief

Title: Aspiration vs. Ambition: Time to Prepare Our Students for More.

 Overview: "Have we been preparing our students for conquest or contribution? Join me to discuss how we can use this unique time and space to reset our mindsets about how we prepare students to achieve."

Biography: Nashid Sharrief was one of the first educators on the 7 Mindsets team. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he is the Founder and CEO of My Higher Self Programs. He is a Leadership and Organizational Development expert with over 13 years of experience working with educators and non-profit leaders on getting the most out of themselves and those they serve. The professional development programs developed by Mr. Sharrief have been used to empower leaders in education and the non-profit sector around the globe.  He is the author of two books; 37 Letters and Letters from My Higher Self.  He has coached the Dean's Leadership Institute with Clemson University and is currently supporting Habitat for Humanity International in the development of their International Leadership Programs. Mr. Sharrief graduated Morehouse College and lives in Atlanta, GA. 

Dr. Kim McLeod

Title: Creating Cultural Responsiveness


Creating culturally responsive working environments is about achieving true professional potential for all stakeholders in a learning community. Achieving academic excellence is not purely an intellectual process, it is a process that examines values, beliefs, behaviors and how they interact to influence the culture of learning and achievement. Additionally, it is a process that heightens awareness on how faulty stereotypes regarding race, learning, achievement, and other external factors such as socioeconomic status and parental involvement directly and indirectly interfere with producing positive outcomes with teaching and learning. This workshop will provide powerful strategies and changing perspectives for faculties preparing to instructionally align the campus learning environment with a culture of practices and beliefs that enhance and accelerate positive academic outcomes serving to empower the teacher and the learner.

Biography:  Dr. Kimberly McLeod has spent her professional career in public education. She has held various positions in the public school setting including that of a teacher, counselor, professor, dean and administrator.  She has presented her research and professional training nationally and internationally for over a decade.

 Her unique delivery style is research-based, reflective and engaging. She has presented as a keynote, and an invited speaker to teachers, administrators, school board trustees and students in a number of districts, national and international conferences.

 Dr. McLeod is Immediate Past President of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and the founding editor of the nationally peer reviewed National Journal of Urban Education and has written eight academic books, three children’s books, and over 12 articles in various peer reviewed journals. She has been awarded Teacher of the Year by the college of Education at Texas Southern University and was selected as an award recipient of the YMCA minority achiever’s award.  Dr. McLeod is a mom to three high school boys Major, Mitchell and Micah. She currently serves as the Dean for the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University- Commerce.