CACSL Conference 2016 Speaker: Brittany Harker Martin with Lianne Lee

Brittany Harker Martin
with Lianne Lee

Brittany HarkerWe will describe an innovative, co-curricular program for pre-service teachers and presents findings from a study investigating the program as Socially Empowered Learning. First, we introduce the novel design for a program that engages future teachers to serve community-identified needs while enhancing their knowledge as educators. Then, we present the theoretical foundations of Socially Empowered Learning, and methodology used to measure program impact, with a particular interest in effects on social empowerment, entrepreneurial agency, and intellectual engagement. Student perspectives from qualitative data will be shared and preliminary findings explored. Last, future directions and recommendations for community engaged learning programs in practice will be presented.

Brittany Harker Martin, Director of YLC

Brittany’s work sits at the intersection of Arts, Leadership, and Learning. She is an Arts Education Specialist (B.Ed, Arts Ed) with a PhD in Strategy and Global Management (beta gamma sigma). Her expertise spans arts integration, workshop/program design, professional development, service-learning, collaboration, cognition, and socially empowered learning. Her talent is in translating learning outcomes into engaging, customized learning experiences. She has taught every age group (preschool to grad school), excels at public speaking, and has extensive experience in the classroom and teaching on-line. Brittany is an interdisciplinary scholar and presents regularly at conferences on the arts, business management, and education. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Leadership at the Werklund School of Education, with past roles at the Haskayne School of Business (UofC), and the Bissett School of Business (MRU).

The CACSL Conference takes place on May 25 to 27, 2016 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

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