What does it mean to be a Beegle Speaker?

Communication Across Barriers is working hard to create an army for a contemporary war on poverty. We want a movement guided by certified trainers who have a strong foundational knowledge of poverty and its impacts on children and families and who are grounded with a solid ability to assist in creating paradigm shifts and systemic change. At the Beegle Speaker Institute, participants will gain the skills for training and coaching individuals and organizations to ensure inclusive, responsive systems to truly make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. You can become a Beegle Speaker if you:

  • Have passion for educating others
  • Have read See Poverty...Be The Difference
  • Have completed the Beegle Poverty and Certified Coaching Institute
  • Complete all the prework for the Beegle Speaker Institute (see information below venue)

Benefits of being a Beegle Speaker include:

  • Speaker photo and bio on the CAB website
  • Opportunities (web page, phone calls, and webinars) to build connections with speakers around the country and to increase training possibilities
  • Beegle Speaker Activity Book with three activities for each of the concepts Dr. Beegle has developed to break poverty barriers
  • “What Money” activity
  • “Beyond Labels” activity
  • “Class Continuum” book and DVD
  • Referrals — when available — for speaking engagements
  • Discounts on additional trainings

Once you are a Certified Beegle Speaker:

  • You may charge for speaking and training using CAB materials. Beegle speakers keep 2/3 of any speaker fees (agreeing to pay 1/3 of speaker's fees to CAB). By contributing a small portion of your speakers fees, you will be joining CAB's movement for a contemporary war on poverty.
  • Beegle Speakers also have options to purchase CAB materials at reduced rates to provide and/or sell to their audience.

Please call us (503)590-4599 or email with any questions about this event or other training opportunities! Locations: TBA

Prework for becoming a Beegle Speaker:

Complete the Following Readings:

  • Read See Poverty...Be the Difference (if you have not already done so)
  • Beegle Dissertation (provided electronically)
  • How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations by Jeremey Donavan.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others (7th edition, 2013) by Steven Beebe, Susan Beebe, and Mark Redmond.
  • Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehreinrich.
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.
  • The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy by Herbert Gans.

Complete the Following Assignment (Focus Groups and Report):

Conduct a minimum of two focus groups (four to six people in each focus group). Dr. Beegle will provide sample focus group questions for you to choose from or to help you formulate your own. Invite stakeholders from your area of expertise or the area that you want to focus on. These groups should represent any of these type of stakeholders:

  • Students at Title I schools
  • Students receiving Pell Grants
  • Single parents on welfare or receiving food stamps
  • People in justice system (juvenile or adult)
  • Seniors or adults receiving Medicaid
  • Other target groups living in poverty, specifically for your area of expertise
  • Write a 3-5 page paper on an area covered in the dissertation (ie retention, first generational college students, social class in America etc.) using a minimum of four current sources to support your thesis/claims.
  • Incorporate findings from your focus group interviews into this paper. Be prepared to discuss the readings and assignments at the Beegle Speaker institute with Dr. Beegle.