Equitable Learning for our Children and Youth

Conference Program

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

9 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Dena Simmons

Selfcare, Healing, and Equity Responsive Practices

For Educators When the World Feels Heavy

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the founder of LiberatED, an antiracist approach to social and emotional learning and healing. She is the former Assistant Director of the 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 that, Dr. Simmons served as an educator, teacher educator, diversity facilitator, and curriculum developer.

Concurrent Sessions

--See schedule for details on 40+ sessions--

Over 200 educators convened at the week-long Middle Grades Institute last summer to plan for an uncertain school year.

Today they return to share their experiences and learning since then, in the areas of equity literacy, anti-racist education, remote and distance learning, personalized learning, education for sustainability, project-based learning, trauma-informed practice, and more

The annual Middle Grades Conference is sponsored by the Middle Grades Collaborative, which is a collaboration of faculty from four higher education institutions: Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont. The Collaborative has been providing professional development and graduate courses for teachers of young adolescents since 1993.