Kevin P. Chavous is a noted attorney, author and national school reform leader. He served on the Council of the District of Columbia from 1993-2005, where as education committee chair, he helped to usher charter schools and parental choice into the District of Columbia. Since leaving public office, Mr. Chavous has become one of the foremost experts on education in the country. In Mr. Chavous' first book," Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education"', he chronicles the education reform movement in Washington, D.C. and the emergence of charter schools as a viable alternative for parents.
In his second book, "Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds", Mr. Chavous shares the stories of ten young people who overcame incredible challenges in order to get their education. Each story is heart wrenching and inspiring. According to the Washington Post's Jay Mathews, "Voices of Determination" is a "book full of heart by a man who knows everything there is to know about what we need to do to save our schools".
In his third book, "Building A Learning Culture in America", Mr. Chavous' details his time as a DC council member and chair of DC's Education Committee, pulling in stories as he served in these roles as well as highlighting personal stories of those he has encountered during his time as an advocate and public speaker since leaving public office. Covering education in America from its conception to present day, Mr. Chavous discusses how we have embraced and cultivated a culture of learning in the past, and how we have since lost our way. From political gridlock to systemic discrimination, Mr. Chavous details the many ways education today is misguided, and what we can do to get back on track. Marrying personal memoir with research and observation, Building a Learning Culture is a manifesto -- advocating for us all to join in making the changes necessary for our nation's children to truly learn and for us to reestablish a learning culture as an inherent piece of our national fabric.
Mr. Chavous was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Wabash College and was graduating class president at the Howard University School of Law. A prolific writer and much sought after speaker, Mr. Chavous' opinion editorials have appeared in most major newspapers and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state. Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels calls Mr. Chavous the "most effective advocate for children in America" and in 2016, Mr. Chavous was honored by being inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. Mr. Chavous continues to advocate for children as he travels the country working to build a new learning culture for America. For more information, see www.kevinpchavous.com