Dr. 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 the 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. From 2007-2012, Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Child Care. In that role, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines. She recently served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Early Childhood Task Force. Dr. Allen also launched the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence that will serve as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation.
Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Afternoon Featured Talk:
Challenging Behavior, Who's Being Challenged?
When children act out in the classroom, it changes the tone of the environment. Most times we blame the child. Imagine what might happen if we looked within, at OUR responses to the child's behavior.