Brown and Black Children: Hidden in Plain Sight
Friday, December 7, 2018 | Four Points Sheraton Norwood Hotel, Norwood, MA | 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Superintendent Strand $225 | Educators/Support Services Strand $200; w/PDP’s $225
Please direct all questions to the registrar, Margaret Credle-Thomas at (781) 316-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Is Now Closed
Our Conference Has Reached Full Capacity
One of the many ways the METCO Directors’ Association strives to achieve its core objectives, is through our annual Educators Conference. The first MDA Conference was organized in 1984 in an effort to provide staff development and information for educators, and community members who worked with African-American children in suburban school settings. Now in its 34th year, the MDA continues its commitment to the cultural development, and academic achievement of children of color. We start each conference with the premise that all children can learn, must learn and will learn.
Dr. Dena Simmons is a lifelong activist, educator, and student of life. As the Assistant Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, she supports schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. Prior to her work at the Yale Center, Dr. Simmons 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, education reform, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K-12 school settings including the White House, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, and the United Nations. Dr. Simmons has been profiled in Education Week, the Huffington Post, and NPR, to name a few. Dr. Simmons’ research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions—all in an effort to ensure and foster justice and safe spaces for all.