Center for Transforming Lives is thrilled to announce the Transforming Lives Lecture Series — a quarterly, open-to-the-public event featuring conversations with some of North Texas' most acclaimed community leaders, researchers, and advocates.

Led by CTL CEO Carol Klocek, this timely and educational event will explore a multitude of topics, from early childhood education and family homelessness to mental health awareness and equity for small business owners.


Overcoming Homelessness Through Education

A conversation with our guest, Barbara Duffield, who is a national voice in driving the understanding of the critical role our education system plays in addressing homelessness, the systems and services that work, and what needs to be changed so that the education and homelessness systems work more effectively for these children and their families. 


Join our CEO Carol Klocek for this engaging conversation in which we’ll explore the entire academic and support services continuum: from early childhood education for children experiencing homelessness all the way to the growing crisis of homelessness among college students. 

12:00pm to 1:00pm CST


Barbara Duffield is Executive Director of SchoolHouse Connection. For more than 20 years, she has bridged policy and practice in early care, education, housing, and homelessness. Barbara began her career as a tutor for children experiencing homelessness in Washington DC in 1990. She was the Director of Education for the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1994-2003, where she collaborated with service providers, educators, federal agencies, and Congressional offices to address children’s issues. She served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Washington D.C from 2003-2016, leading national efforts to strengthen federal protections and services for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through higher education. Barbara helped to establish and develop the NAEHCY Scholarship Program, a comprehensive scholarship program for youth who have experienced homelessness and wish to pursue higher education. She has conducted technical assistance trainings, authored policy reports, appeared on television and radio shows, and has been quoted by various media outlets such as The New York Times and Education Week. Her academic work can be found in Educational Studies, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. Barbara has served on numerous commissions and advisory groups, including for Sesame Street Workshop and the National Commission on Children and Disasters education group. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Barbara Duffield

Since 2009, Carol has been the CEO for Center for Transforming Lives, which works alongside women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and economic mobility services. These comprehensive services include traditional child care and Early Head Start, family housing and trauma intervention services for women and children experiencing homelessness. The Center also offers one-on-one financial coaching and asset building, as well as other economic mobility interventions. 


Klocek holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in business from Texas Christian University. She serves as a board member for DFWI, UNT Health Science Center’s Academic Community Partnerships, and has served on boards that address homelessness, mental health, and maternal and child health. 

Carol Klocek

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