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Dana Frantz Bentley, EdD

Dr. Bentley is an assistant professor in Lesley University’s graduate early childhood education program and a PreK classroom teacher in the early childhood program at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. In her teaching and writing, Dana focuses on social justice work with young children, studying children’s emerging political literacies, as well as her own pedagogy as an anti-bias educator. Dana’s writing has been featured in a wide range of early childhood journals, as well in as her book Everyday Artists, from Teachers College Press.


Michelle Chalmers, MSW

Ms. Chalmers is a racial justice educator and facilitator for White People Challenging Racism. She is the President of World of Wellesley, an organization dedicated to making Wellesley a welcoming community where diversity is celebrated. Ms. Chalmers is also the author of the children’s books, The Skin on My Chin and The Story of METCO.


Michelle Leip, MEd

Ms. Leip is a dedicated educator with 15 years of experience in a variety of settings including: charter schools, universities, turn-around and Title One schools. Her passion for improving education led her to join the Peace Corps in 2014 to serve as a TEFL teacher trainer. Ms. Leip has co-authored numerous newsletters on brain-based teaching strategies published by Infinite Horizons.


Farhana Zia

Ms. Zia is an elementary school teacher and a writer of children's books. Her stories honor inter-generational relationships and combine "contemporary American Indian life with humor and good old-fashioned story telling". Her debut book, Hot-Hot Roti for Dada-ji received a Kirkus starred review. She is also the author of The Garden of My Imaan and Child of Spring, both by Peachtree Publishers. ​ 

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