Dennis Henderson

Executive Director, Manchester Youth Development Center
Manchester Youth Development Center

Dennis Henderson is a dynamic educator and advocate of social justice through education who has impacted the lives of youth and families for over 20 years. Throughout his career Dennis is renown for his grassroots approach to education and designing collaborative learning experiences with a variety of industry leaders to create programs that provide students and families with exposure and opportunities beyond their local neighborhoods.

Placing emphasis on creating authentic learning opportunities to address social justice and inequities, Mr. Henderson has initiated and designed a variety of programs focusing on entrepreneurial skills, law-related education, environmental sustainability, robotics and maker activities, and outdoor recreation. His work as a teacher has been recognized nationally and internationally and for the past four years, he has served as a lead administrator at Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS) as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Dennis is currently responsible for the development and implementation of the project-based learning environment of MACS at the Museumlab, which will open in 2019 as the largest cultural learning campus for youth in the nation. Collaborating with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and other youth oriented organizations, the Museum Lab will serve as a national model highlighting Pittsburgh's collaborative commitment to public education, innovation and experiential learning.

In 2013, Mr. Henderson was involved in a high-profile unjust arrest in which the Allegheny County's District Attorney acknowledged that Mr. Henderson's civil rights were violated and his settlement with the Pittsburgh Police Department included policies to improve police community relations.

Dennis has incorporated all of his personal and professional experiences into his passion for teaching and leading to innovate.

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