From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments Through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices

June 29, 2022
From Surviving to Thriving with Dr. Dena Simmons
Course Type:

7–8 PM ET
6–7 PM CT
5–6 PM MT
4–5 PM PT

From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments Through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices

For community members to thrive, they must feel safe to be who they are; they must love themselves. Our school leadership, instruction, and assessment must foster psychological and emotional safety through emotional intelligence, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and anti-racist practices. Through narrative, Dr. Dena Simmons will discuss how the intersection of these practices can create equitable and welcoming communities, where everyone can learn in the comfort of their skin.

During the webinar, we will:

  • Explore impostor syndrome
  • Discuss the skills of emotional intelligence as well as culturally relevant and anti-racist practices
  • Explore the intersections between culturally relevant pedagogy and emotional intelligence 
  • Describe ways to incorporate culturally relevant and emotionally intelligent practices into participants’ lives and work

Captioning will be provided during this webinar. This webinar is not being recorded so please plan to join us live from 7–8 PM ET/6–7 PM CT/ 5–6 PM MT/4–5 PM PT. Check the webinar start time in your local time zone.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Presenter/Panelist: 

Dr. Dena Simmons 
Activist, Educator 
Dr. Dena Simmons is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She is the founder of LiberatED, a liberatory approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that centers radical love, healing, and justice. She is a visiting professor at the Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University of Chicago and the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press). Before LiberatED, she co-led a university center, where she supported schools to use the power of emotions to create a more compassionate and just society. Prior to her work there, 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 and racial justice pedagogy, diversity, emotional intelligence, and bullying in K-12 school settings. Dr. Simmons’ research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of equity and SEL–all in an effort to ensure and foster justice, belonging, and safe spaces for all. 

Pamela Donaldson
Associate Program Director for Equity and Inclusion
Facing History and Ourselves

Pamela Donaldson is the Associate Program Director for Equity and Inclusion at Facing History. A Former middle and high school history educator, she is experienced in designing and facilitating professional development with a critical consciousness, educational liberation, and youth empowerment lens.

June 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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