Baruti is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, educational consultant, and motivational speaker. He excelled as an urban school educator for more than 20 years. He has received over 100 awards, including the Milken National Educator Award in 2009. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four schools. One school he transformed was recognized by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America's best high schools. The author of seven books, his Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success is a national best seller.