Let's Talk! Webinar
Early Childhood Suspensions: The Impact on Families

Unpacking Coaching Webinar Series

March 27, 2019
Duration: 53 min



When a child is suspended from school, it not only impacts the child, but the entire family. Parents often feel isolated and ashamed. They may also feel defeated with nowhere to turn. Many parents worry about the impact of the suspension on the child’s future, losing their job to care for the child during the suspension period, their child being targeted, and their child’s ability develop and maintain positive relationships with teachers and peers.  During this webinar, parents share the impact of their child's suspension(s) on the family.

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About the Host

Rosemarie Allen

Rosemarie Allen 

Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. She is also the President & CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Allen was appointed a Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum on Early Care and Education. She collaborates with professionals and advocates from more than 80 countries who meet to share inspiration and information on issues impacting children and families worldwide. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, M.Ed from Lesley University and EdD in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Guest Panelists

Cassandra P. Johnson

Cassandra P. Johnson
Chief Operating Office, Hope Center, President of the Denver Affiliate National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Denver) and Co-Community Director for #OurVoiceOurSchools

Cassandra Johnson is a mother of three Black and highly gifted children ages 19, 12 and 7 years old. Married for 14 years, she is a 6th Generation Colorado Pioneer born and raised in Northeast Denver where she currently works and volunteers. She serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Hope Center, a nonprofit community based agency dedicated to serving individuals in need of specialized educational and vocational services. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU), an MBA in Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Graduate Certificate in Early Care and Education Leadership from the University of Denver (DU). Johnson has 22 years of experience in the field of Early Care & Education, is Director qualified with a level V Early Childhood Professional Credential from the Colorado Department of Human Services and Colorado Department of Education.

Evandra Catherine

Evandra Catherine
Doctoral Candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Special Education and Disability Policy Research to Policy Advocacy (RTPA)

Evandra Catherine is currently a doctoral candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University and will be joining the Children’s Equity Project as a postdoctoral research scholar in the fall of 2019. She is also an OSEP Leadership Scholar and the recipient of the Research to Policy Advocacy grant. Her research focuses on the emotion socialization practices of preschool teachers. Her dissertation examines whether a practice-based coaching model can increase preschool teachers’ use of supportive emotion-related responses to negative emotion expressions of Black boys in the classroom. Evandra is the mother to a son with Aspergers’ and a United States Air Force Veteran. She was also a House of Delegates candidate in Virginia’s 2013 democratic primary and was awarded Top 40 Under 40 in Richmond, Virginia for her community activism as Director of Community Service for the VCU African American Studies Program in Fall 2015.