Elijah Hawkes is an educator, writer and dad. He is Director of School Leadership Programs at the Upper Valley Educator Institute, a small graduate school that prepares future teachers and school leaders in Vermont and New Hampshire. He was a public school principal for 16 years, including 10 years at Randolph Union in Vermont, and six years as founding principal of the James Baldwin School in New York City.
He is author of two books: School for the Age of Upheaval: Classrooms that Get Personal, Get Political, and Get to Work (2020) and Woke is Not Enough: School Reform for Leaders with Justice in Mind (2022). He is education advisor to Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab at American University and member of the Schools Committee at the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is a contributing editor at the journal, Schools: Studies in Education published by University of Chicago Press.