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It's 10pm. Do you know where your children are? Dena Simmons at TEDxTeachersCollege

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Published on Aug 18, 2013

In this inspiring talk, Dena Simmons challenges listeners to confront their fear and to attend to the safety and wellbeing of our students. Motivated by the pursuit of education, and destined to return to her home neighborhood, Simmons reflects on the journey that led her to educating others so that they too may seek a better life. Through a thoughtful reflection on the interaction of students, parents, communities, and the individual teacher, Simmons encourages listeners to become more compassionate and culturally responsive educators.

Dena Simmons is an activist, an educator, and also a student. She is currently studying for her Doctorate of Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. Her research is focused on teacher preparedness as it relates to bullying in the school setting.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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