Shileste Overton Morris is director of Center for Schools and Communities, a statewide training and consulting organization that improves educational and life outcomes for children and their families. The Center’s work focuses on a continuum of efforts around early childhood care and development, social and emotional learning, positive youth development, family support and community service integration, school safety, and youth violence prevention.
Overton Morris has worked at and with public and private institutions including nonprofit organizations, foundations and state government agencies building strategic partnerships and leading innovations. She serves on national, state and local boards and has authored several publications to help clinicians, parents and youth development staff work with adolescent girls regarding female aggression. Overton Morris has a strong repertoire in topics related to parent engagement, marginalized populations and issues focusing on cultural competence, equity and education leadership. She is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at Shippensburg University.