March 25, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maurice Sykes
Executive Director, the Early Childhood Leadership Institute, the University of the District of Columbia
“Becoming A Transformational Leader for Children: Innovation and Opportunity”
Maurice Sykes is an urban educator who consults on systemic change, early childhood education, and early literacy acquisition. As the former Deputy Superintendent for the Center for Systemic Educational Change and Director of Early Childhood Programs for the District of Columbia Public Schools, he has demonstrated his ability to take charge of change and brought significant innovations to the D.C. Public Schools’ educational reform agenda. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Sykes served as an Educational Program Specialist advising the department on educational policy and programs related to urban school improvement. He also has served as a teacher, teacher trainer, and a curriculum developer. Sykes directed the Tufts University Day Care Center in Somerville, Massachusetts where he held a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Elliot Pearson Child Study Department.
Dr. Sykes has also directed the Education Policy Fellowship Program at the Institute for Educational Leadership where he trained mid-career educational leaders. Sykes has provided consultation to the Florida “Smart Start” initiative. He also serves as the Principal Early Childhood Consultant for the Memphis “Getting Schools Ready for Children” initiative, as well as Washington, D.C.’s “Safe Passages” initiative. Sykes was profiled as an “Early Childhood Champion” in a national study released in 1997 by the National Association of State Boards of Education. Most recently, he was elected to the Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Amongst his accomplishments, Dr. Sykes has written numerous publications and has spoken across the nation voicing the need for schools and communities to “do the right thing” for children.
“Everything I am and know I learned in the company of children.” – Dr. Maurice Sykes