TRACY L. GRAY
Tech Entrepreneur. Educator.
Over the past six years, I’ve been asked to share my expertise and advice for 21st Century Learning with thousands of educators and students in Connecticut, California, Michigan, Ohio, New York, China (Fuzhou and Yiwu) and Nigeria (Lagos).
In my commitment to advance 21st century teaching and learning competency skills, I joined the Council on Women and Girls and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at President Obama’s 2016 I Have a Dream Workshop on Inclusive Youth Entrepreneurship. The White House recognized the Sankofa Global Project’s programs in the official release of the White House Fact Sheet as an organization committed to expanding STEM Learning for students nationwide. I was nominated, and subsequently attended, South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. I continue to serve as integration stakeholder with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which is now an initiative of the Obama Foundation.
My journey began over 20 years ago as a classroom teacher at P.S. 175 in Harlem. My experience led to a path as a progressive educator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in midtown Manhattan. After leaving the classroom to pursue educational leadership, I was hired to serve as Director of Studies at The Carey School in San Mateo, California. As the lead administrator, I focused on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and teacher supervision and student life.
I am a professor the Borough of Manhattan Community College supporting the success of over 50 educators. On nights and weekends, I develop S.T.E.A.M. education programs and curricula through my organization,The Sankofa Global Project.
In April 2017, I hosted the Sankofa Global Project's first Tech Education Conference, in partnership with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Wellness Interactive, Global WRITeS and NYC First. I brought educators, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students, parents, and experts in the S.T.E.A.M. fields together to discuss strategies for effective measures to increase S.T.E.A.M. education in Brooklyn’s schools. This conference led me to the launch a women-led team of founders, entrepreneurs, and educators who produced "It's A Family Affair” (IAFA). This venture featured an education conference, a hack-a-thon, and Community S.T.E.A.M. for families, communities, and educators throughout New York City.
In April 2019, I had the distinct honor of presenting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in an array of areas.
Long story short, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed as an educator and as an entrepreneur!