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Executive Director of Partnerships
Tui Roper, is an inspirational activist, executive leadership/empowerment coach, passionate teacher educator, innovative and award-winning former public school principal committed to serving as a catalyst for social change.
Tui is a native of Flint, Michigan and has committed her career to serve communities similar to the ones in which she was raised. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Michigan, she began her professional career in higher education at Kettering University, in her hometown, where she created programs to increase the opportunities for students of color to matriculate and graduate from engineering and management programs. Tui continued to work towards her calling of becoming a K-12 educator, and later earned a Masters of Education degree in Cross Categorical Special Education and received dual certification. She began her teaching career in the Flint Community School System, as a Special Education elementary teacher, and then quickly transitioned into a teaching position at the high school level. Tui moved to Washington DC to become part of the education reform movement under Chancellor Michelle Rhee. While serving as an Instructional Coach at Cardozo High School, she was selected for the 2010 cohort of New Leaders for New Schools. Tui also received an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
In 2011, under the leadership of Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Ms. Roper was selected as the principal of a Title I elementary school in Ward 7. As a principal, Tui led her school with the conviction that equity in education is the civil rights movement of the 21st century. Under her leadership, her school has received several grants and established strategic partnerships to impact student achievement and improve staff performance. Tui utilized her visionary style of leadership to implement several innovative practices and programs such as: the Self-Efficacy Movement; the Data Driven Model of Success; ECE Plan to Prevent the Achievement Gap; The House Culture System; Personalized Learning, a School Wide Enrichment Model (SEM), the Mindfulness SEL Movement and more.
Tui believes in sharing her lessons in leadership and has presented to a variety of audiences on topics such as Leading Data Driven Instruction, Developing the Leader Within, 21 Laws of Leadership, Transforming School Culture, and Leading Cultural Competence. She has served as a leadership coach and mentor for first year principals, served on several innovation committees for the White House and Department of Education under the administration of former President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Tui was also nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award, received the Inaugural DC Ed Fund’s Excellence in School Innovation Award, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Healthiest School Award and led her school to an “institutionalizing plus” family engagement status within three years of partnering with Flamboyan Foundation.
Tui now brings this expertise and passion for social change to the Breathe For Change Movement, serving as the Executive Director of Partnerships.
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