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CSUB Professor Awarded $4.8 Million Grant To Develop Citizen Scientist Residency Pathway

Dr. Brittney Beck from California State University, Bakersfield’s Department of Teacher Education has been awarded a five-year, $4,871,033 Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a Citizen Scientist Residency Pathway.

“The Citizen Scientist Project addresses the need for highly qualified STEM-C educators who are able to create and facilitate interdisciplinary STEM-C lessons that engage local issues and help students translate STEM-C concepts into civic action, with an emphasis on the development of digital civic infrastructure. In other words, we’re preparing K-12 teachers and students to apply their budding competencies in STEM-C fields to address real community issues, enact real community change, and cultivate the scientific literacy needed for full participation in democratic citizenship, Dr. Beck said.

STEM-C represents Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an emphasis on Computer Science.

The project has three core goals:

  • Develop a pathway to increase the capacity of elementary, middle, and high school

    teachers to design, facilitate, and assess high-quality, civic-focused STEM-C curricula

    and pedagogy in high-needs schools;

  • Sustain a pipeline of credentialed teachers who are committed to teaching civics-focused

    STEM-C curricula and pedagogy in high-needs school districts by creating tailored

    recruitment, retention and induction processes;

  • Co-create and co-implement curriculum, pedagogy, and sustainable multi-stakeholder

    partnership structures for professional development to support teacher leaders, site administrators, superintendents, and university faculty’s use of research-based best practices for teacher education, recruitment, retention, and induction.

Media Contact: Michael Lukens, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Phone: 661-654-2241

CSUB Professor Awarded $4.8 Million Grant To Develop Citizen Scientist Residency Pathway

Through efforts like this, Dr. Beck and the Department of Teacher Education model and extend excellence in the School of Social Science and Education,” said Dean of Social Sciences and Education Steve Bacon.

This will be the third TQP grant awarded to CSUB faculty in the Department of Teacher Education. As has been the case with the other TQP grants, this project will enrich the training of future teachers in our region. Teachers from the Greenfield Union School District, Bakersfield City School District, and Kern High School District; faculty from the Department of Teacher Education, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and the Kegley Center of Ethics at CSUB will contribute to this project.

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