SPEAKERS 2019-11-26T09:54:19+00:00

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.

Assistant Director
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Dena Simmons has a wealth of knowledge on teacher education and pedagogy and has published several popular articles on teacher education, social justice pedagogy, education reform, and bullying. She has been invited to speak nationally, including a talk at the United Nations, two TEDx talks, and a TED talk on Broadway. Dena has been profiled in 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, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, and a Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Fellowship among others.

Ed Dunkelblau, Ph.D.

Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning

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.