© 2017 by Dena Simmons


Educator . Scholar . Activist



Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an an educator, activist, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She serves as the Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy as well as creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity.


Dena has been profiled in Huffington Post, Education Week, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. She is a New Yorker through and through and, in her free time, loves to pretend she’s on Food Network’s Chopped when she’s cooking at home.

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Dena is available to speak and consult on the following topics:

     Emotional Intelligence

     Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

     Bullying in Schools

     Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy

     The intersection of equity and SEL

     Diversity and Equity

     Social Justice Pedagogy

     Health and educational disparities

     Power and Privilege

Dena can provide:



     Curriculum Development

     Curricula Support and Guidance

Clients include:

Williston Northampton Schools                                                   United World College USA                                                       Scenarios USA
Camp Dudley & Kiniya                        Fairfax County                                    Children in Harmony                                                MIddlebury College
                                                               Public Schools
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