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Aug 2012Jun 2016

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

University of California, San Diego

Educational Research in Teaching and Learning

Dissertation: "Bridging Multiple Worlds of Military-Connected Adolescents in Civilian Schools: Unpacking Patterns of Success"

Committee in Charge:

  • Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Shana R. Cohen, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Alan J. Daly, Ph.D., Education Studies
  • Gail D. Heyman, Ph.D., Psychology

Professional Credentials/Licenses

California State Single Subject English Language Arts Credential

California State Single Subject Social Studies Credential

California State Multiple Subject Credential: Subject Matter Authorizations in Beginning French and Civics

Publications and Presentations


Black, A. (2016, April). Military-connected adolescents in civilian schools: How  underserved youth find  support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the  American Educational Research Association,  Washington D.C.

Black A. (2016, April). Teaching for impact: Innovative strategies for today’s standards sponsored by the  Education Studies Department and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and  Teaching Excellence (CREATE).

Black, A. (2014, April). Facilitating cognitive and social-emotional growth in the middle school classroom:    An evaluation of the Empathy Integrated curriculum.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the  American Educational Research  Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Book Chapters:

Black, A. (In press, 2016). Facilitating cognitive and social-emotional growth: Empathy and  prosocial behavior in Osanloo, A. (Ed.), Creating and negotiating collaborative spaces for socially just  anti-bullying interventions and innovations  for k-12 schools.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Practitioner Publications: 

Featured in: 

Neebe, D., and Roberts, J. (2015). Power up: Making the shift to 1:1 teaching and learning. Portland,  ME:  Stenhouse Publishers. 

Reising, A. Inquiring knowledge: Reflections on inquiry-based teaching. San Diego, CA: San Diego County  Office of Education

Annual Guest Lecture Series (2012 - present):

EDS 118 Adolescent Development and Education:

 Building people: The Connection between empathy and social-emotional health

EDS 206: Teaching Performance Assessment Portfolio:

 Professional development: Improving connections and practice


Experience with diverse scholarship and range in educational research theory, research design, data collection and analysis, especially social network analysis and integrated methods, knowledge of analysis software such as UCINET and NETDRAW, SPSS, Dedoose, HyperRESEARCH, and InqScribe.

Experience reviewing submissions for AERA annual meeting (Graduate Student Reviewer, 2016).

Current research focuses on the social context of learning, student social networks, cultural communities of practice, and adolescent development, specifically among military-connected youth. 

First year paper for the doctoral program covered an action research project for evaluating the self-created, research-based Empathy Integrated curriculum, which was designed to embed empathy tasks into regular narrative reading experiences in the classroom. 


Travel Grant Awards Showcase, sponsored by GSA and the Alumni Association, May 2016

Selected to attend the AERA Division E Graduate Student Preconference Seminar, April 2016

Dean of Social Sciences Travel Funds Grant, April 2014


Jul 2016Present

Lecturer and Supervisor of Student Teaching

University of California, San Diego
May 2016Jul 2016

Online Instructor

University of San Diego

EDUC 520- Social Justice & Educational Equity - A course for the Online Master of Education Program at USD. Analysis of the development of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a school context. Historical case studies, contemporary policies and practices, and international comparisons compel consideration of the social construction of education.

Jul 2015Aug 2015

Reader/Teaching Assistant

University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117: Language, Culture, and Education

Grading, student support, assistance with creating exams, writing assignments, and course development

Jun 2013Present

Board Member and Curriculum Development Leader

BeREAL Students 

Be REAL Students is a non-profit program in development in San Diego County, California. Our mission is to empower youth to cultivate connectedness and build school community through student-led initiatives. Recently, the curriculum we developed has been awarded the LISC grant for use with SD Youth Voice, an inner city after school program that bridges relationships between local youth and police departments.  Visit or

Aug 2012Present

8th Grade English Teacher

Coronado Unified School District

English Language Arts with an emphasis on diversity in American literature

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment with supplemental student Chromebooks

Aug 2011Jun 2012

Founding 7th Grade Humanities Teacher

High Tech High

Project Based Learning (PBL) focused charter school: Medieval world history, geography and visual art, creative writing for publication (with, and ongoing thematic literature analysis through literature circles

1-1 environment with an interactive projector and student MacBooks

Sep 2009Mar 2009


Mission Hills High School, San Marcos Unified School District

Individual and small group instruction in secondary English language arts and mathematics to juniors and seniors struggling to pass the California state exit exam. 

Jun 2008Sep 2008

Assistant Conference Coordinator

International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR)

Conference coordination and liaison for paper submissions, communication with researchers and conference host (Olga Vásquez, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and CREATE), as well as set up, and assistance for presenters and conference attendees.

Ecologies of Diversities: The developmental and historical interarticulation of human mediational forms

September 8-13, 2008

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Grants Assistant

The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA) 

Research, organization, and assistance with grant writing for The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA) a nonprofit to fund La Clase Mágica (LCM): a curriculum Program, which connects College students with children in low income/minority communities. LCM is in five learning centers, and two preschools in San Diego. CASA also partners with UCSD CREATE (Center for Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Excellence), and UC Links-Berkeley.

Aug 2005Jun 2007

Instructional Aide

Del Mar Unified School District

One-on-one support for two students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and general education classroom support in a kindergarten and first-grade classroom.

Professional Memberships

Golden Key Honor Society

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

  • Division E: Counseling and Human Development
  • Social Emotional Learning Special Interest Group
  • Social Context of Learning Special Interest Group
  • Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

California Association of Teachers of English CATE

Computer Using Educators (CUE)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council of Social Studies (NCSS)


Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 534-1878

Alan Daly, Ph. D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-6472

Thandeka K. Chapman, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-3960 

Kelly Nielsen

Lecturer, Department of Sociology 

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

(805) 340-7353