Motivational & Inspirational Speaker.

Dr. Shields is coming to a city or country near you!


In the context of education, empowerment can be a loaded word. Everyone wants it, but not everyone knows how to best implement it. However, Dr. Shields – former professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Education and international leader on educational change – knows how to empower others, and he has the results to prove it.

As the Special Advisor to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Educational Equity, host of the SoundBalming Podcast, recipient of the 2015 Social Innovator award, and  2016-2017 Open Society Institute Fellow, Dr. Shields has been studying, writing about, and implementing change in schools and non-profit organizations for years. What’s more, he has tracked and measured his methods for change. And they work.

Protecting the Mind. Guarding Against Ignorance.

Change Agent

Learn more about the innovative ways in which Dr. Shields works, lives, and collaborates with others.


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In his new book, What I Learned in the Midst of KAOS: The Making of an Ubuntu Teacher, published by Full Circle Press, Dr. Shields crafts an educational narrative of timeless complexity and significance. Full of messages that are simultaneously universal and deeply rooted in a sense of place and time, this groundbreaking new book takes the reader on an emotional journey from the South Side of Chicago to the West Lawn of the White House and from the halls of an HBCU to the barrios of Puerto Rico.

“In this important new book, Shields draws on his own experience as a youth growing up in Chicago on what it takes to reach and teach urban youth, especially young men of color today. For those intent on making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children, this book is an invaluable asset and a powerful source of information.” Dr. Pedro A. Noguera Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Author of The Trouble with Black Boys


“Your passionate delivery on how to save youth, and your commitment to all of humanity really resonated with me, and those who attended the Congressional Black Caucus.”

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, U.S. Congressman


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