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Fall 2014 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Libby Doggett

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning
United States Department of Education

Dr. Libby Doggett

Libby Doggett brings to her position at the Department a lifetime of experience in early learning, Head Start, and child care for children with and without disabilities. Before joining the Department, Doggett was the director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Home Visiting campaign where she oversaw a robust research agenda and worked with advocates in target states to build political and public understanding and support for data-driven investments that align with federal guidance. Prior to that Doggett directed Pre-K Now, a 10-year campaign to advance high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds in states across the country. Doggett also worked for the National Head Start Association, directing their HeadsUp! reading program to improve literacy instruction in early learning classrooms across the country. In her home state of Texas, Doggett ran a home visiting program for infants and toddlers with disabilities living in the Texas hill country, after which she served as the executive director of the Arc of Texas, an advocacy group for children with developmental disabilities. Doggett began her career as a bilingual first grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School in Austin. Doggett is returning to the department where in the nineties she served as executive director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.

Doggett holds a doctorate from the University of Texas in early childhood special education. During her undergraduate years at the University of Texas, she met her husband Lloyd Doggett, currently a U.S. Representative from Texas and a senior Member on the Ways & Means Committee. The Doggetts have two daughters, Lisa and Cathy, and three granddaughters, Ella, Clara and Zayla.