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Board of Directors

Dr. Glenda Allen-Jones

Prior to joining Frog Street Publications as an educational consultant, Dr. Glenda L. Allen-Jones was Director of School Readiness at Agenda for Children in New Orleans. Dr. Allen-Jones was an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Chair of the Early Childhood Department at Southern University at New Orleans. She served on the Transition Team for Youth and Families for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Dr. Allen-Jones has taught pre-service elementary education and early childhood undergraduate and graduate students in higher education for the past 15 years. Dr. Allen-Jones was a member-a-large for the Families, Schools and Community Partnerships special interest group within the American Education Research Association and was the faculty member with oversight and administrative duties at the Dr. Effie O. Ellis Head Start Training Center in Chicago. She currently serves as a facilitator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute.

Dr. Allen-Jones was a contributing member in the State of Louisiana’s Early Childhood Advisory Committee (BrightStart Professional Development Workforce Group Knowledge and Early Learning Standards). Within New Orleans, Dr. Allen-Jones is advisory board member at Young Audiences of Louisiana, Total Community Action Head Start, The Boys and Girls Club (NFLYET), Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children and the Greater New Orleans Women’s Breakfast. Most recently, she was a CityBusiness Women of the Year nominee for 2011.

Dr. Allen-Jones holds Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Education and an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Calvin Gidney

Dr. Calvin L. Gidney is an associate professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University where he teaches courses in children’s language acquisition, children’s literacy development, children’s language disorders and bilingualism.

Dr. Gidney’s research in the area of dyslexia and reading disabilities represents something of a new direction for research in the area of reading disabilities inasmuch as it examines the role that African-American English (AAE) may play in the reading difficulties of African-American children. Dr. Gidney has also worked extensively in the areas of bilingualism and dual-language instruction and learning. In addition to teaching courses on bilingualism and language acquisition, Dr. Gidney served for several years as the consultant to Medford Public Schools on the development and implementation of a professional development activities for in-service teachers on issues of Sheltered English Instruction and developmental issues of dual-language learners. He is currently working on a book for general audiences on the subject of bilingualism, second-language learning, and language policy in the U.S.

Dr. Gidney holds an AB in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard University, and an MS and a PhD in Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Ms. Truda Jewett

Truda (“T”) Jewett has contributed tremendously to the well-being of countless needy children and families through her tireless work to support organizations that serve them. She been the executive director of the Coro Foundation and, for 30 years, was the assistant executive director of External Affairs of the Children’s Aid Society. Jewett has served as a trustee for over a dozen organizations, including the National Theater of the Deaf, the Edwin Gould Foundation, the American Farm School in Greece and the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York. She is a recipient of the Harvard Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Service to the University.

Jewett holds a was educated at George Washington University and holds a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is married to C. Lincoln Jewett.

Ms. Judith Minter

udi Minter, M. Ed. has been an early childhood educator and advocate for over 30 years. For 20 years, she operated Judi’s Child Care Home (in Chicago and then in Oak Park, IL), providing an enriched home environment with developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive curriculum for ages three months to five years. Judi was a founding member of the Collaboration for Early Childhood Care and Education of Oak Park, serving on the governing task group and as chairperson of the Symposium committee, annual event bringing teachers, providers, parents and policymakers together to increase understanding, practice and recognition of early childhood development and its importance in the community.
Recently relocated to New Orleans with her education policy executive husband, John Ayers, she is eager to assist in the dynamic efforts to improve early childhood services in Louisiana.

Ms. Emily Ostruw Shaya

Emily Shaya is a self-selected New Orleanian with a passion for improving her adopted city, specifically through working with local education nonprofits. Shaya received her Bachelors of Science in Management and MBA from Tulane University, where she focused on Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship. Shaya’s background includes real estate development and entrepreneurial business consulting. She previously served on the board of New Orleans Outreach and leads the Tulane Young Alumni Association.


President: Lisa L. Schlakman

Vice President & Treasurer: David C. Schlakman

Secretary: Jennifer E. Durkin

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