The Kegley Institute of Ethics and Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield are committed to developing an education that is responsive to the needs of our community, teachers, and children, including ethical and social-emotional dimensions of development and democratic citizenship. The 3-day (July 23-25) Social-Emotional, Ethics, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) Institute will feature interactive sessions for local K-4 educators on topics in ethics education, social-emotional learning (SEL), and democratic pedagogy. Participating teachers will receive $1000 stipends. Sessions will provide information on current research in these fields but will primarily be devoted to practice, focusing on strategies for participating educators to adopt ethics, SEL, and democratic practices in the classroom, school, and more broadly, in our community.
Additional inforation on SEEDE: At the conclusion of the SEEDE Institute, participating educators will present on their plans to introduce ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in their classrooms and schools at the California Teacher’s Summit (July 27). In addition to the training and resources on offer at the Institute, participating educators will receive a participation stipend ($1000) and a certificate of completion as “SEEDE Ambassadors.” In their role, Ambassadors will commit to incorporating ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in their classrooms and schools. Follow up consultation sessions will be scheduled with Ambassadors to support their work in the following school year. As a result, this Institute will produce a committed community and network of structured support for teachers to increase ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in our schools.