Friday, February 17, 2012

Education Reform Veteran Announces Launch Of Firm to Support Organizations

S.E.I.L. firm brings education, inspiration and leadership to organizations in need of innovation

PHILADELPHIA – Howard R. Jean, education reformer and servant leader, has announced the launch of Success Through Education, Inspiration and Leadership (S.E.I.L.), LLC, a Philadelphia-based consulting firm founded to support non-profit, community-based and educational institutions with empowerment, development, and program management support services.

“I am excited about taking this entrepreneurial step with the launch of Success Through Education, Inspiration and Leadership because it allows me to combine my passions for education reform and youth empowerment,” says S.E.I.L. Founder and Principal Howard R. Jean. “We are thrilled with the support we have received thus far. We look forward to partnering with the many youth-support advocates, organizations and educational institutions, in the community, by providing them with training and consultation in the areas of program development, leadership training and teaching innovations.”

In addition to consulting services, S.E.I.L. will deliver a speakers bureau that will feature a cadre of speakers with expertise in the areas of education, diversity, politics, and conflict resolution. In the fall of 2011, Jean partnered with concerned leaders, DJ Damage of BET's 106 & Park and Philadelphia’s Hot 107.9 to bring the speakers bureau to underperforming public and charter schools in the Philadelphia metropolitan area that impacted thousands of students. Jean and his speakers bureau also provided personal development and success-building tools for minority students in challenging environments in colleges and schools such as Holy Cross, Claflin University and Spalding Middle School.

As the former executive director of the Call Me MISTER Teacher Leader Program at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Jean was a key leader in the curriculum writing and program development for “Saving Our Boys,” a pilot program for high school black males that awarded the university its first Huffington Post's “Top 10 Historically Black College and University Success of 2011” honor. Upon Jean’s departure from Cheyney, S.E.I.L. made its soft launch in September 2011. Jean shared with BlackGivesBack, “My mission is to continue the journey as a champion for black male educators and black boys across the country through S.E.I.L. My charge enables me the opportunity to select, create and manage endeavors that will directly impact the trajectory of our future leaders, future fathers and next generation of role models. Through S.E.I.L, our aim is to carry the torch of the talented tenth, making our forefathers and ancestors proud.”

This spring, Jean will launch the S.E.I.L. scholarship foundation that will act as a conduit for students in need of assistance in reaching their educational goals. Based in Philadelphia, S.E.I.L. serves clients in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, New York and South Carolina.

To keep up to date with news and information on S.E.I.L., visit or follow Howard R. Jean on Twitter at @Howard_J.

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