Fatima Morrell will be the featured speaker at the 17th Annual Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 16 at the Buffalo History Museum,1 Museum Court at 3 p.m.
Dr. Morrell, currently an Associate Superintendent, leads the Buffalo Public School district’s Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. She has led the charge in training parents, community members, and over 3,500 teachers on the goals, strategies, and best practices in teaching and supporting students from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Morrell leads a number of social justice initiatives and programs, including the infusion of the New York Times 1619 Project and the National Coalition of Black Lives Matter at School curriculums into the core curriculum. She serves on the State Education Department’s Advisory Panel for Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education.
The New York State Education Department has adopted the Buffalo Public Schools Culturally Responsive Teaching Principles, developed under Dr. Morrell’s leadership, for implementation in all New York State schools.
Dr. Fatima Morrell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Cum Laude, a Master’s degree in Foreign and Second Language Education; a doctorate degree in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Policy from State University at New York at Buffalo. Her research focused on single-sex classrooms and schools serving students of color from predominately low-socioeconomic status backgrounds.
Dr. Morrell has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in the Buffalo Public Schools.
She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.