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Wendy Blackwell

Wendy Camilla Blackwell is a Baltimore native with an eclectic career which started at U. S. Department of Transportation and Metro-North Commuter Railroad at Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Blackwell also credits GCT as the grand dame that started her love affair with artful community spaces. Prior to becoming the Senior Manager of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute (PLI) at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Blackwell was the Executive Director at National Children's Museum where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Ms. Blackwell championed community collaborations that produced replication model child and caregiver learning together programs. Blackwell is also the author of Family Literacy Projects on a Budget Toolkit®, which teaches how to create engaging experiences with children’s literature. She is also a contributing author for A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career, edited by Wendy Luke and Greg Stevens for the American Association of Museums; and Children’s Services Partnerships for Success, edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen.

In addition to writing, Ms. Blackwell is an award-wining teacher. Blackwell and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U. S. White House. Most recently, she and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency.

Ms. Blackwell is a mother of two who enjoys being a consultant and textile artist in her spare time.

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