Conference: Equitable Learning for Our Children and Youth

This free and fully online conference features a wide array of educators, students, and community stakeholders who gather to share classroom, team and school level practices that advance equity and responsiveness in education. This year's conference is focused on Equitable Learning for Our Children and Youth. 


Saturday, January 23, 2021, 9:00am-4:30pm EST


9:00am-10:30am EST

"Selfcare, Healing, and Equity Responsive Practices For Educators When the World Feels Heavy"

Dr. Dena Simmons, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Keynote sponsored by the University of Vermont's Middle Level Teacher Education Program.

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the Assistant Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she supports schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. Prior to her work at the Center, Dena served as an educator, teacher educator, diversity facilitator, and curriculum developer. She has been a leading voice on teacher education and has written and spoken across the country about social justice pedagogy, diversity, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K-12 school settings, including the White House, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, the United Nations, two TEDx talks, and a TED talk on Broadway. Dena has been profiled in Education Week, the Huffington Post, NPR, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Dena is a recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a J. William Fulbright Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, a Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Fellowship, a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, and an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellowship among others. She earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she recently served as faculty in the Summer Principals Academy. Dena’s research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of equity and social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions—all in an effort to ensure and foster justice and safe spaces for all. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press, 2021).

Registration Closed.

Conference Overview

9:00 Welcome and Opening

9:15 Keynote

10:45 Concurrent Sessions

  • 10:45 Session 1
  • 11:45 Session 2

12:30 Lunch Break

1:00  Concurrent Sessions

  • 1:00: Session 3
  • 2:00 Session 4
  • 3:00 Session 5

3:50  Commitments and Closing