The SEEDE Institute

Social-Emotional, Ethics, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) Institute

SEEDE Co-Directors – Dr. Brittney Beck and Dr. Michael Burroughs

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. By working directly with classroom teachers, the SEEDE Institute makes explicit the ethical, social-emotional, and democratic dimensions of K-6 schooling. These areas of education are vitally important for children and teachers, perhaps especially so in an era of escalating political divisiveness that, in turn, has a direct impact on students’ feelings of safety, worth, and readiness to learn in the classroom.

This 3-day Institute features interactive sessions for local K-6 educators on topics in ethics education, social-emotional learning (SEL), and democratic pedagogy. Sessions provide information on current research in these fields but are primarily devoted to practice, focusing on strategies for participating educators to adopt ethics, SEL, and democratic practices in the classroom, school, and in our community. At the conclusion of the Institute, participating educators present on their plans to introduce ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in their classrooms at the SEEDE Summit.

In addition to the training and resources on offer at the Institute, participating educators receive a participation stipend and a certificate of completion as “SEEDE Ambassadors.” In their role, Ambassadors commit to incorporating ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in their classrooms and schools. Follow up consultation sessions are scheduled with Ambassadors to support their work in the following school year. As a result, this Institute produces a committed community and network of structured support for teachers to increase ethics, SEL, and democratic pedagogy in our schools.

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The Kegley Institute of Ethics thanks The Wonderful Company
The Kegley Institute of Ethics thanks The Kern Rural Teacher Residency
The Kegley Institute of Ethics thanks The Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
The Kegley Institute of Ethics thanks The Bakersfield East Rotary Club
Citizen Scientist Project


For questions about SEEDE, contact Dr. Michael Burroughs at or Dr. Brittney Beck at

2018 SEEDE Ambassadors

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Directors: Dr. Brittney Beck and Dr. Michael Burroughs
Student Assistants: Victoria Trujillo and Mnwah Musaad

NameSchool Affiliation/s
Nyesha WillmanOwens Primary School
Arika JacksonMunsey Elementary
Julie CampeMt. Vernon Elementary
Marselline DillerLeo B Hart Elementary School
Barbara SweaneyOwens Primary School
Whitney DirkseStella Hills Elementary
Kimberly SchacherOwens Primary School
Leslie ThompsonVoorhies Elementary, BCSD
Ivania VillatoroStella Hills Elementary
Lauren TisingerVeterans Elementary School
Julissa J. BhaktaRamon Gharza Elementary
Jeanette RamirezJohn L. Prueitt Elementary
Stephanie CamposEvergreen Elementary
Delia MartinezMcKinley Elementary School
Ashleigh DickinsonCalifornia State University, Bakersfield
Chad DixonCesar Chavez Elementary
Carla Celedon-WilsonStockdale Elementary
Megan HallmarkRosedale Union School District
Jayme CookVoorhies Elementary
Andrea SernaFremont Elementary

2019 SEEDE Ambassadors

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Directors: Dr. Brittney Beck and Dr. Michael Burroughs

NameSchool Affiliation/s
Briana RamirezOwens Primary
Valerie HooserOwens Primary
Keri MikkelsenRaffaello Palla Elementary
Kristine TerrellJuliet Thorner Elementary
Charles MonacoO.J. Actis Junior High
Christina PelletteraVeterans Elementary
Anna SchraderJuliet Thorner Elementary
Jillynn DulcichThompson Junior High
Dana GarciaStella Hills Elementary
Emiliano RiosCastle STEAM Academy
Rebecca CummingsKern Avenue Elementary
Bethany GonzalesMcKinley Elementary
Cattrice TolesEmerson Middle
Bryna HernandezFrank West Elementary
Chelsea GahaganWayside Elemntary
Jessica HernandezRamon Garza Elementary
Guadalupe LoyaValle Verde Elementary
Brittany AkinDesert View Elementary
Brittany SanchezKarl F. Clemens Elementary
Michael HernandezPlanz Elementary
Jose MontelongoSequoia Elementary
April DavisMcKinley Elementary