Early Childhood Summer Organizing Leadership Institute

Next year’s dates:
July 19-21, 2020
at the Eaton Hotel in Washington, DC

The Institute will bring together 20-25 early childhood educators and advocates from across the country to spend several days developing leadership skills and advocating on Capitol Hill. The institute will provide early childhood advocates with the opportunity to learn various organizing skills, identify threats to the early childhood profession, network with other early childhood leaders, and develop a platform for protecting childhood that is centered on racial and social justice.

The Institute is run by Dr. Denisha Jones, DEY’s Director of Early Childhood Organizing.  Dr. Jones, a former early childhood teacher and preschool director, received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2013 and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia in 2018.  She is also Director, Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.

DEY’s first summer institute was held in Washington, DC,  July 7-9, 2019.  Read Denisha Jones’ blog about the Institute here.

The following were speakers at the first Institute: 

  • Zakiya Sankara-Jabar Co-Founder Racial Justice NOW! and National Field Director of Dignity in Schools Campaign 
  • Kisha Reid, Owner/Director/Educator Discovery Early Learning Center; Founder, Play Empowers
  • Susan Ochshorn, Founder, ECE PolicyWorks
  • Robert Gundling, President DCAEYC
  • Emily Gasoi, DC State Board of Education Ward 1 
For more information, email DEY Director of ECE Organizing, Denisha Jones, at denisha@dey.org.
Follow our work on Twitter at #DEYInstitute2019 and on our website at DEY.org.

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