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Dr. Blake is an accomplished Early Childhood Professional with over 15 years of experience. She is the co-founder of Learn, Empower, Grow Consulting Group, which offers professional services in the field of early education. Dr. Blake has experience in consulting, technical assistance, and training in culturally and socio-economically diverse settings.
In addition, she serves as the Early Childhood Racial Equity Coordinator at Children First (formerly PCCY), where she works to close the racial equity gap in early childhood education. Recently, Dr. Blake served as a workforce fellow at Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families as part of Temple University’s Diversifying Early Education Leadership Fellowship program. Previously, she worked as a preschool program specialist at the Pennsylvania Keys, supporting state-funded preschools and Head Start programs.
In addition to that, Dr. Blake teaches courses in early childhood education at Harcum College. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University and Arcadia University, where she supervises pre-service teachers. Also, Dr. Blake belongs to three honor societies: Golden Key, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi.
Dr. Blake holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on higher education and a master’s degree in education with a focus on early childhood education from Gratz College. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Blake discussed how diversity initiatives can increase African American women’s representation in early childhood leadership. As a result, she won Gratz’s graduate subject prize in Ed.D. for Educational Leadership. In addition, she earned a Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University.
Dr. Blake has extensive experience in supporting children, families, and early childhood professionals. She hopes to become a nationally recognized early childhood professional and advocate focusing on closing racial equity gaps in the field of early childhood education.
Dionne has over thirty years of experience working in the early childhood and elementary educational field. Her work has focused on social with emotional/ behavioral support for The School District of Philadelphia, Head Start, Pre-K Counts and Philadelphia Pre-K programs. She has facilitated professional development trainings and presented at several universities.
Her past positions at Israel preschool, Quaker Day schools and with the Peace Corps as a teacher, specialist and administrator has provided her the experience that allows her to meet the needs of young children, families and the community.
Dionne Wright-Chambers supports and develops programs for children, families and educators who struggle for educational liberation. She collabrates with abolitionist organizations as an agitator by utililizing intellectual work and direct action to create a living ecomony based on the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. As the Co-Founder/ Principal Consulant of Learn, Empower, Grow Consulant Group (LEG), Dionne is responsible for creating a strength-based approach to LEG’s sevices. Our mission is to deliver programs that change the educational trajectory of our communities.
Dionne has been instrumental in supporting inclusive practices in early childhood education with the Philadelphia Mayor’s offfice for the “Champions for Children Gala.” Her accomplishments at Thomas Jefferson University are developing a sustainability protocol for inclusive practices in early childhood education. Her work as the Senior Board Strategist of Latinos Educando Juntos, a non-profit organization, is to provide enhanced quality services in early learning education for all children and families in Black and Brown communities.
She strives to create a space for her neighbors to live in a beloved community by serving on the Housing Committee of Germantown Residents for Economic Alternatives Together (GREAT).
Her work as the lead co-chair of the education committee for The National Council of Negro Women (Philadelphia Chapter) focuses on the organization’s mission to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. To continue the legacy of the NCNW she works on the STEAM and Education program by leading the first STEAM (Philadelphia Chapter) event for young girls. The focus of the event is the curriculum she led from the documentary “The Invisible Warriors: African American
Rosie the Riveters.”
Dionne is passionate about learning and assuring that she has a seat at the table as a community member and leader. Her own personal story of educational liberation ignites her passion for education. Her mission is to provide “A Living Economy” for the individuals and programs that she services. She has been a fellow with several grassroots, state and federal leadership programs to discuss and learn how to continue to be an agitator of inequalities in her community. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Pre- K to 8th grade with Special Education Pre-K to 8 Dual Certification and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Chestnut Hill College.
Executive Director Marypat Tracy and Dionne Chambers, GrandFamily Educator had the pleasure of being guests on the Bridging Philly podcast show. Host Racquel Williams asked them about the services the SOWN provides for the older population. Stay tuned for the broadcast date!!
Bridging Philly airs on KYW Newsradio 1060 AM and 103.9 FM on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays t 8:30 a.m. You can also listen to the show within the Audacy Station cluster each Sunday morning: 5-6 a.m. -1210 WPHT. 101.1, B101 and Big 98.1 WOGL ET 6-7 a.m. 96.5 WTDY ET 6:30 -7 a.m. 94.1 WIP ET. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcast, the Audacy.com app.
Dr. Stephanie E. Blake 06’, ’12M and Dr. Kimberly Morris, Arcadia University alumni will headline the annual Pioneer Series event in February 2024. Hosted by the University’s Honors Program. The Pioneer Series is among many signatures professional opportunities offered by the Honor program to both members of the program and other students at Arcadia. It was created to highlight value-driven, successful careers.
Dionne Wright-Chambers, M.Ed is partnered with the Library of Congress to expand their body of innovative strategies, tools, and materials for meaningful teaching and learning with Library of Congress materials.