Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, the P-A-I-D. Educator Author and Thought Leader Helping Fellow Colleagues Earn What They Deserve

Across the globe, educators continue to be at a disadvantage. On top of the states’ undervaluation of the education sector and the corresponding budget issues that come along with this lack of prioritization, educators are paid less than what they deserve and often not given the resources to achieve learning objectives. Simply put: they are not paid for their true value. Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, an international speaker, bestselling author, and educator development coach, is leading a movement to challenge the status quo. Through her work and under her guidance, countless teachers have managed to leverage their skills to secure a more financially stable future. 

With numerous accolades attached to her name, Dr. Bisa has gained renown in the educator space over the past three decades. This well-respected authority, who holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in early childhood education from the Albany State University, earned her Doctor’s from the University of Georgia and went on to serve as an educator in the elementary, high school, and university levels. 

The former dean is a big believer in personal and professional development, which explains the years she has spent sharing her extensive experience and expertise not only in the academe but also in nonprofit leadership, grant writing, product creation, and more. And it is this same belief, along with the mission to foster growth and enable success for educators, that fueled the publication and release of The PAID Educator: 10 Professional Ways to Supplement Your Teaching Salary. 

Apart from being recognized as a multi-talented infopreneur with a heart to educate others in the areas that she has mastered over the years, Dr. Bisa is widely heralded, as well, as an educational powerhouse for the extraordinary lengths she’s gone to help teachers rethink how to bring value to the marketplace. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Bisa has conducted several workshops, showing educators how to use the expertise and skills they already have in their arsenal. Additionally, the “50 under 50” honoree has graced a long list of conferences, acting as a moderator, panelist, keynote speaker, and presenter. Among her most recent ones include “How to Secure the Future of Early Childhood Educators, Support Families, and Reinvigorate the Workforce: Policy Perspectives from the Council for Professional Recognition,” “The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce and the High School Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential,” “The Child Development Associate Credential as a High School Career Pathway in Early Education,” “A Conversation with Fair Count on the Importance of the 2020 Census for Black Communities,” and “Providing Child Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Practitioners.”Currently, Dr. Bisa stands at the helm of the Black Child Development Institute in Atlanta, administering the Atlanta affiliate of the NCBDI as the executive officer in charge of daily operations. She also serves as the founder and managing partner of Ideal Early Learning, LLC and WINGS Curriculum, LLC. So far, she’s been featured in many publications and portals, including Business News Daily, Educator Ledger, Essence, Exchange Magazine, Fayette Woman, Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards, MadameNoire.com, and The Network Journal.

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