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Beatrice Fennimore

Contact Information:

Office: 328 Davis
Phone: 724-357-3023

Personal website

Academic Qualifications:

  • BA, English Literature, Saint Josephs College
  • MS, Special Education, Brooklyn College CUNY
  • MEd, Early Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction (Specialization in Early Childhood Education), Teachers College, Columbia University

Academic Interests:

My academic interests are focused on the fundamental concepts of equality and social justice for children. I am concerned about the many children in the United States who experience the hardships associated with poverty as well as those whose lives are deeply harmed by prejudice, bias, and deeply inequitable school resources. My commitment to a nation in which all children have equal opportunity to experience excellent education and to live in a world that honors and respects human differences has led me to many different and fulfilling educational experiences. My main scholarly interest is in academic writing, and my books, book chapters, and articles, have enabled me to try to influence others to stand up for and protect all children.

Course Specialties:

Since coming to IUP I have taught a wide number of courses on the doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate level. Courses that best reflect my expertise are those focused on multicultural education, anti-bias education, school and social policy, issues in public school equity, school reform, social studies, qualitative research, special education, and multiple facets of early childhood and elementary education.  

Personal Narrative:

I consider myself first and always to be a teacher. Since coming to IUP in 1987, I have taught over 60 different courses in every department program on and off campus, including the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program, Administration and Leadership doctoral program, Master’s in Education program, and a variety of undergraduate programs in early childhood special education, early childhood education, and elementary education. As a teacher educator for over 30 years, I have focused my work on the areas of child advocacy, social justice, children’s rights, multicultural and anti-bias education, and social policy for children and families. I came to IUP from New York City, where I was certified in special education, elementary education, and early childhood education. While living in New York I had the wonderful opportunity to complete my MS in special education at the City University of New York and my MEd and EdD in curriculum and teaching and early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

My books include Standing Up for Something Every Day: Ethics and Justice in Early Childhood Classrooms (Teachers College Press), The Continuing Struggle for Social Justice for Children (co-edited with Dr. A. Lin Goodwin, Springer), Talk Matters: Refocusing the Language of Public Schooling (Teachers College Press), Student-Centered Classroom Management (Wadsworth/Delmar/Cengage), and Child Advocacy for Early Childhood Educators (Teachers College Press). Titles of chapters I have written for edited books include “Talk About Children: Developing a Living Curriculum of Advocacy and Social Justice,” “Historical White Resistance to Equity in Public Education: A Challenge to White Teacher Educators,” and “Moving the Mountain: Assessment and Advocacy for Children.” My journal articles include “Brown and the Failure of Civic Responsibility” (Teachers College Record), “Equity is Not an Option in Public Education” (Educational Leadership), and “Know Where you Stand and Stand There” and “Responding to Prejudiced Comments: A Four-Step Method that Works” (Childhood Education).

I am the mother of two grown daughters and the grandmother of three wonderful children. Almost everyone calls me “Beezie,” and I am an avid racewalker who regularly enters 26.2-mile marathons, half-marathons, and 10K or 5K races. I am also a dedicated gardener at home with my husband and two rescue dogs in Pittsburgh, which makes me very appreciative of the ways in which the Allegheny Arboretum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has beautified our lovely IUP campus.

  • Professional Studies in Education Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 303
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1080
  • Phone: 724-357-2400
  • Fax: 724-357-2961
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.