CSUB Quality of Life Spring Speaker Series Concludes with Dr. Brittney Beck of Teacher Education

The School of Social Sciences and Education at California State University, Bakersfield is hosting its last speaker for the spring Quality of Life Center speaker series. The talk will feature Dr. Brittney Beck, assistant professor of teacher education, from 6-7:15 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

Dr. Beck’s presentation is titled, “Teaching to End Tragedy: Fostering Civic Engagement in K- 12 Schools.” Dr. Beck will use historical and contemporary examples of student-led protests as examples to explore how teachers engage schooling as a way to prepare students to be active citizens.

The questions of interest are: "For what purposes are children learning to read? To write? To solve mathematical equations? Is it really to determine how many trucks Juan has left after Jill takes one away? Or is to be able to identify and solve the problems in our world?"

"Fostering civic engagement skills in our children is such a timely topic,” said Tanya Boone- Holladay, associate dean of Social Sciences and Education. “We need young people both motivated and prepared to participate constructively as responsible citizens throughout their lives. Our children have the passion but also need the skills to participate in processes that address community needs and seek to improve quality of life for all. Dr. Beck’s presentation is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective administrators, teachers, and parents to look at current approaches and receive guidance on fostering civic engagement in their schools.”

Dr. Brittney Beck is an educator, scholar, and community activist who strives to help students and teachers understand and engage their civic agency. Dr. Beck currently serves as an assistant professor for the CSUB Department of Teacher Education and a Faculty Fellow with the Kegley Institute of Ethics. Dr. Beck holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in science education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Florida.

For more than 12 years, she has led teaching and research initiatives on civic engagement, democratic education, and activist-centered pedagogies, with specific emphasis on intersectional identities and the historical roots of education. Through this work, Dr. Beck has created and facilitated professional development in partnership with K-12, university, and community stakeholders regarding how to sustain empowering curriculum and pedagogy for historically underserved communities.

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