Betsy Ayankoya – Staff Diversity Award
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion;
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist,
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Betsy Ayankoya, M.Ed., currently serves as an Associate Director of the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center and Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the FPG Child Development Institute. In her role as the EDI Director, Betsy facilitates the FPG Strategic Plan Initiatives related to Culture and Belonging in the workplace. In collaboration with staff and mentors, she coordinates the McKinney Scholars Program in Research Practice and Policy, a summer internship program at FPG aimed at supporting students from North Carolina HBCUs. She supports individual FPG projects and staff in examining practices, policies and behaviors that support an anti-racist and culturally welcoming environment. She facilitates groups and provides training on welcoming diversity, bias, and prejudice reduction, etc. Betsy is co-author of The New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces: Guide to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood (2011).
Betsy specializes in the areas of personnel/workforce development, family engagement and quality assurance. Betsy has worked with states to evaluate their current personnel and general supervision systems, helping them to identify potential areas for improvement and develop more effective and streamlined processes for ensuring positive outcomes for children and families. Betsy has directed several large national early childhood conferences, working with planners, the Office of Special Education Programs and other stakeholders to develop opportunities for participants to learn from experts in the field, to learn about evidence-based practices and to share experiences with colleagues.
As part of ECTA, Betsy supported the work of the DEC Commission in revising the DEC RPs and co-authored with Pat Snyder a monograph article: Revising the Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices: When, Who and How. She currently leads the work related to disseminating the DEC Recommended Practices (RPs) and the ECTA Centers’ Practice Improvement Tools, including the aRPy Ambassador Initiative, a collaborative partnership between the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Center at Parent to Parent of Georgia. Betsy is a member of DEC and previously served on the DEC Executive Board; she has worked internationally and provides TA throughout the United States.