Dr. Dena Simmons
is the founder of LiberatED, a liberatory approach to social and emotional learning (SEL), racial and social justice, and healing. Dr. Simmons is a leading voice in education and has been profiled in Education Week, the Huffington Post, NPR, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Black Enterprise, and more. A recipient of numerous national fellowships and awards, Dr. Simmons earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she recently served as faculty in the Summer Principals Academy. Dr. Simmons’ research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school setting, culturally responsive pedagogy, and the intersection of justice and SEL interventions. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press).