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DeAnna Beane

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Informal Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Never doubt what a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has been successful. -Margaret Mead

Birthplace

Born:
1/25/1940
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Informal Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Never doubt what a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has been successful. -Margaret Mead

Birthplace

Born:
1/25/1940
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Informal science educator and administrator DeAnna Banks Beane was born on January 25, 1940 in Washington, D.C. She became interested in science and nature as a child. Beane attended Howard University and received her B.S. degree in zoology in 1962. Initially she was interested in medical school, but during temporary science teaching assignment, she discovered the joy of introducing science to young people who lacked access to science-rich opportunities. Committed to a career in education, she went on to earn her M.Ed. degree from Rutgers University in 1973.

Between 1966 and 1971, Beane taught science at schools for pregnant teenage girls in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, and New Brunswick, New Jersey. From 1971 to 1981, she taught earth science, general science, physical science and gifted/talented classes to middle school students in Plainfield, New Jersey. Returning to Washington, D.C. in 1982, Beane worked extensively on issues of racial equity in education. Beane was employed by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Race Equity (a federally-funded school desegregation assistance center at The American University) from 1983 to 1985 where she became interested in the issues of equity in science education. An extensive review of the literature sparked her particular interest in the role that informal science education could play in helping to level the science playing field for African American, Latino, and American Indian children. In 1985, Beane was appointed education director for the National Urban Coalition where she developed a national program to increase minority community involvement in science and mathematics. She joined the Association of Science and Technology Centers, Inc. (ASTC) in 1991 where she directed the Youth Achievement through Learning, Involvement, Volunteering, and Employment initiative (YouthALIVE!), which brought diversity and youth development programs to more than seventy science and children’s museums around the country. As director of Partnerships for Learning at ASTC from 2001 until retirement in 2006, Beane continued her efforts to increase the diversity of staff and visitors in science museums.

Beane is the author of Mathematics and Science: Critical Filters for the Future of Minority Students, a manual that explores the research on factors influencing non-Asian minority student participation in mathematics and science, and identifies intervention strategies and programs. Her articles on school-community-museum partnerships and museum based pre-employment youth programs and their impact on teenagers have appeared in academic and professional journals such as Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Museum Education, and Dimensions: The Bi-monthly News Journal of the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

DeAnna Banks Beane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 12, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of DeAnna Beane's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane describes her mother's growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane describes her grandmother's and her mother's education and career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane talks about Howard University and her first encounter with its president, Mordecai Johnson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane discusses perceptions of beauty amongst African Americans while she was at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane describes her father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane talks about how her parents met at Howard University, and their long marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane describes her father's career as an educator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - DeAnna Beane talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - DeAnna Beane describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - DeAnna Beane describes her memories of growing up in Washington, D.C. during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane talks about attending Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane talks about his interests as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane recalls the U.S. Supreme Court passing the Brown versus Board of Education decision
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane talks about her experience in elementary school, and the importance of parents being involved in their children's education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane talks about her exposure to science in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - DeAnna Beane talks about segregation in Washington, District of Columbia, while she was growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - DeAnna Beane talks about attending the Jones-Haywood School of Dance in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane describes her experience in middle school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane talks about her introduction to science in middle school and her experience at science fairs in Washington, District of Columbia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane describes her experience in a newly-integrated high school in Washington, D.C. - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane describes her experience in a newly-integrated high school in Washington, D.C. - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane talks about the influence of her biology teacher in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane talks about the desegregation of schools in the 1950s and reflects upon her experience in a newly-integrated high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane describes her decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane describes her experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane talks about Howard University and HistoryMaker Lloyd Ferguson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane talks about studying zoology at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane describes her reasons for to not applying to medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane talks about her introduction to teaching science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - DeAnna Beane talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Arlington, Virginia in the 1960s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane describes her involvement in social activism in Arlington, Virginia and Chicago, Illinois, and taking education courses in Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane talks about earning her master's degree in urban education at Rutger's University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane describes her involvement in community organizing, and the skills that she learned during her master's degree in urban education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane talks about teaching at a middle school in New Jersey, her separation from her husband and working as a science writer and researcher
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane talks about her work with the Mid-Atlantic Center for Race Equity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane talks about her publication entitled, 'Mathematics and science: Critical filters for the future of minority students'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane talks about the applications of her publication, 'Mathematics and science: Critical filters for the future of minority students'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane describes her work as the director of the 'Say YES to a Youngster's Future' program at the National Urban Coalition
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane describes her work as the director of the 'YouthALIVE!' program at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane describes her work as the director of the 'YouthALIVE!' program at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane describes the success of the 'YouthALIVE!' program implemented by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane describes the success of the 'YouthALIVE!' program implemented by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - DeAnna Beane describes her contribution as the director of Partnerships for Learning at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - DeAnna Beane describes the concept of "object-based learning"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane talks about youth programs at science centers and museums across the United States - part one
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane talks about youth programs at science centers and museums across the United States - part two
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - DeAnna Beane talks about her life after retiring from the Association of Science-Technology Centers in 2006
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - DeAnna Beane reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - DeAnna Beane reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - DeAnna Beane describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - DeAnna Beane talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - DeAnna Beane reflects upon generating community-wide awareness about the importance of STEM education
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - DeAnna Beane talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - DeAnna Beane describes her photographs