Speakers

#SELConf2021

Speakers 2021-05-12T09:22:22+00:00

Keynote Speaker

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., Founder, LiberatED

Monday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the founder of LiberatED, a collective focused on developing school-based resources at the intersection of social and emotional learning (SEL), racial justice, and healing. She is the former Assistant Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, where she supported 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, 2022).

Plenary Speakers

Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning

Monday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Ed Dunkelblau is an internationally known speaker and consultant on the topics of social-emotional learning and character development, safe schools programming, and humor in education. He has written numerous book chapters and articles and has been an organizational consultant to schools, districts, state boards of education, and corporations. Ed was the lead consultant to the Kansas board of education in developing the United States’ first social-emotional and character learning standards, and he is one of the select cadre of speakers working with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon reintegration program for returning service members.

Headshot Luvelle Brown

Luvelle Brown, Ed.D., Superintendent, Ithaca City School District

Tuesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.

In 2017, Luvelle Brown received the New York State Superintendent of the Year award. Among Brown’s awards and distinctions, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 innovative superintendents and invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s National Superintendent Summit. Luvelle is author of “Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive and Transformational Organizational Culture.” He holds four degrees from the University of Virginia, including a doctor of education, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York College at Cortland and St. John Fisher College.

Elizabeth Cushing, CEO, Playworks

Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Cushing is president and chief operating officer of Playworks, a national nonprofit organization that brings safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools and youth organizations around the country. Cushing previously served as chief strategy officer of the organization. She joined Playworks (then known as Sports4Kids) in 2004 as director of evaluation. Over her tenure, she has served in various development positions and has played key roles in the organization’s funding and national expansion. Cushing is a graduate of Stanford University and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Session Presenters

David Adams
Wed 3:00 p.m. C

Valerie Adams-Bass
Tue 11:00 a.m. J

Maria Akinyele
Tue 11:00 a.m. E

J. Allen
Tue 3:00 p.m. E

Melissa Andersen
Mon 1:00 p.m. G

Marcey Aronson
Tue 11:00 a.m. G

Sherry Barr
Wed 11:00 a.m. C

Donna Black
Wed 3:00 p.m. H

Ed Blackwood
Wed 11:00 a.m. G

Kim Blackwood
Wed 11:00 a.m. G

Joshua Bobrow
Wed 3:00 p.m. C

Erin Bruno
Tue 11:00 a.m. B

Mariangely Solis Cervera
Mon 3:00 p.m. E

Jacki Clark
Tue 11:00 a.m. J

Kendra Coates
Tue 3:00 p.m. D

Amanda Cross
Wed 11:00 a.m. F

Jennifer Danifo
Tue 11:00 a.m. J

Jessica Davies
Wed 3:00 p.m. E

Pamela DiPasquale
Wed 11:00 a.m. A

Joseph Diskin
Wed 3:00 p.m. D

Maurice Elias
Tue 3:00 p.m. C

Sabrina Evans Ellis
Mon 3:00 p.m. B

Tim Frederick
Mon 3:00 p.m. F

Joshua Freedman
Tue 11:00 a.m. C

Cassey Fye
Wed 11:00 a.m. A

Julia Gabor
Mon 3:00 p.m. D

Jorge Gaete
Tue 11:00 a.m. F

Mandy Gonzales
Mon 3:00 p.m. D

Diane Goyette
Wed 3:00 p.m. A

Lisa Greenawalt
Wed 3:00 p.m. J

Roni Habib
Tue 3:00 p.m. I
Wed 3:00 p.m. F

Daman Harris
Tue 3:00 p.m. G

Danielle Hatchimonji
Tue 3:00 p.m. F

Deborah Havert
Tue 11:00 a.m. A

Daryl Howard
Tue 3:00 p.m. G

Deana Hsu
Mon 3:00 p.m. C

Colleen Jackson
Wed 11:00 a.m. A

Medina Jackson
Wed 11:00 a.m. F

Shane Jenson
Tue 3:00 p.m. H

Lauren Hyman Kaplan
Tue 11:00 a.m. H

Thomas T. Kazmierczak III
Wed 11:00 a.m. A

Ryan Kersey
Tue 11:00 a.m. D

Gess LeBlanc
Mon 3:00 p.m. F

Debbie Leonard
Wed 3:00 p.m. G

Arielle Linsky
Tue 3:00 p.m. F

Lisa Lucas
Wed 3:00 p.m. J

Joshua MacNeill
Wed 11:00 a.m. H

Lorea Martinez
Mon 3:00 p.m. I
Tue 11:00 a.m. C

Aiko Malynda Maurer
Wed 11:00 a.m. E

Clark McKown
Tue 3:00 p.m. B

Claire Miller
Mon 3:00 p.m. A

Jennifer Miller
Tue 11:00 a.m. I

Ellie Mitchell
Wed 3:00 p.m. I

Crystal Molyneaux
Wed 11:00 a.m. J

Tawana Jones Morrison
Wed 11:00 a.m. B

Sally Munemitsu
Wed 3:00 p.m. I

Lisa Narvara
Mon 3:00 p.m. H

Sam Nayman
Wed 11:00 a.m. J

Amalio Nieves
Tue 3:00 p.m. H

Jéri Ogden
Tue 3:00 p.m. G

Jackie Renegado
Wed 3:00 p.m. E

Thomas Ryan
Tue 3:00 p.m. G

Aurora Sanchez
Tue 11:00 a.m. J

Thomas Schanding
Wed 3:00 p.m. H

Sarah Benis
Scheier-Dolberg
Tue 11:00 a.m. E

Abeer Shinnawi
Tue 3:00 p.m. H

Rebecca Slaby
Mon 3:00 p.m. G

Beshon Smith
Wed 11:00 a.m. C

Caitlin Forbes Spear
Wed 11:00 a.m. F

Robin Starch
Tue 11:00 a.m. D

Misha Stredrick
Wed 3:00 p.m. B

April Terrell
Wed 11:00 a.m. D

Margot Toppen
Tue 3:00 p.m. A

David Turner
Wed 3:00 p.m. B

Joseph Walsh
Wed 3:00 p.m. D

Angela Wang
Tue 3:00 p.m. C

Jiahe Wang Xu
Wed 11:00 a.m. I

Shannon Wanless
Tue 11:00 a.m. I
Wed 11:00 a.m. F

Marlon Wayne
Wed 3:00 p.m. G

Aisha White
Wed 11:00 a.m. F

Penny Willis
Wed 11:00 a.m. K

May Yuan
Tue 3:00 p.m. C