Jamilah Pitts is an educational consultant and equity and justice strategist whose work centers the liberation, healing and holistic development of youth, particularly children of color. In partnership with schools, leaders and organizations, Jamilah provides training, strategic planning and thought leadership on anti-racist, culturally responsive, equitable and restorative practices; anti-bias curriculum development; and wellness and yoga practices for student and staff self-preservation. She has served as a teacher, coach, dean of instruction, dean of students and assistant principal, and has worked at schools in Massachusetts, New York City, The Dominican Republic, China and India. Jamilah threads her passion for human rights and social justice into her teaching, writing, scholarship and other artistic pursuits. She sees education as her life’s work and calling and truly believes that education should be an avenue through which empathy, healing and justice are promoted.
Jamilah holds degrees from Spelman College and Boston College, and she is pursuing an additional graduate degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellow, Donovan Urban Teaching Scholar, a Fund for Teachers Fellow and a member of the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. She can be found at jamilahpitts.com

Articles by Jamilah

Students Lose When Black Women Aren’t Supported

To mitigate the harm against Black students and all children of color in schools, we must love and support Black women in school leadership roles.

Chauvin Was Found Guilty. Now What?

This open letter reminds educators that accountability isn’t justice—and that justice requires an ongoing commitment to anti-racism from all of us.

Self-care Can Be Social Justice

Self-care is critical for all educators. But for BIPOC educators, it can be a first step toward self-sustaining, anti-racist practices in schools.

What Anti-racism Really Means for Educators

As anti-racism becomes a popular goal for schools across the nation, this TT advisory board member considers what it really means to be an anti-racist educator.

Teaching as Activism, Teaching as Care

I have begun to feel helpless during this time. But I never felt helpless as a teacher.
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Welcome to Learning for Justice—Formerly Teaching Tolerance!

Our work has evolved in the last 30 years, from reducing prejudice to tackling systemic injustice. So we’ve chosen a new name that better reflects that evolution: Learning for Justice.

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