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Community Conversation: Social-Emotional Learning and Anti-Bias Education at Home



Free, Registration required

Join us for a discussion highlighting the importance of social emotional learning and anti-bias education in a child’s life. We will explore ways that caregivers can model this behavior to encourage kindness, respect, and empathy through art and storytelling. Panelists will discuss strategies to help adults navigate conversations about contemporary issues with children. The panel will kick off a new, monthly art and storytelling program for families at Virginia MOCA.

Our Panelists:  

Dr. Admon Alexander, Director, Office of Family and Community Engagement for Virginia Beach City Public Schools  

Dr. Admon Alexander has been in the educational field for more than 20 years. He has instructed primary and intermediate levels, has been an executive director of a non-profit organization and was an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University where he taught medical students how to best communicate with the communities they served. He is currently the Director of Family and Community Engagement for Virginia Beach City Public Schools and works collaboratively with various community stakeholders to support and promote family engagement within the division. 

Katie Cerqua, Youth and Family Services Manager for Virginia Beach Public Libraries 

Katie Cerqua serves as the Youth and Family Services Manager at the Virginia Beach Public Library, coordinating library services for citizens ages birth-18. Library Journal chose Cerqua as a 2016 Mover & Shaker in the Change Agent category for her work fighting “summer slide,” the learning loss that children can experience during summer break, through a program that brings library events and literacy programming into school buildings, helping at-risk youth combat summer learning loss. Cerqua serves as a Council Member for the American Library Association and actively presents at local, state and national professional conferences on providing innovative library youth services. 

Dorinda Burton, Local Attorney, VBCPS Parent and MOCA Volunteer 

Dorinda Burton is a Shareholder and civil trial attorney at Poole Brooke Plumlee in the Firm’s Health Care Practice Group. After handling a wide variety of general litigation matters, she now concentrates her practice in the areas of health care and medical malpractice litigation, representing physicians, nurses, hospitals, and other health care providers in state and federal court. Outside of work, Burton is a gallery teacher, advocate, and supporter of Virginia MOCA. She considers her greatest accomplishment, however, to be the mother of her bright, empathetic 8-year-old daughter, Ava.