The SEEDE Institute

Social-Emotional, Ethics, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) InstituteThe 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. By working directly with classroom teachers, the Social-Emotional, Ethics, and Democratic Education (SEEDE) Institute will make explicit the ethical, social-emotional, and democratic dimensions of K-4 schooling with the goal of cultivating students and teachers who are better able to grapple with who they are, who they want to be, and the broader purpose of education in the context of a diverse community. 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.

The 3-day SEEDE Institute will feature interactive sessions for local K-4 educators on topics in ethics education, social-emotional learning (SEL), and democratic pedagogy. 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.

At the conclusion of the 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. 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.


Applications for 2018 SEEDE is now closed. Please Contact Us with any questions you may have and visit this page often or join our email list to be notified when the 2019 SEEDE application opens!

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2018 SEEDE Sponsors!!

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

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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