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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Aug 2012Jun 2016
University of California, San Diego

Educational Research in Teaching and Learning

Dissertation: "Resiliency Networks: Bridging Multiple Worlds of Military-Connected Adolescents in Civilian Schools"

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


Community Engaged Learning Changemaker Faculty Fellow, 2023

Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA Division E: Counseling and Human Development, April 2019

Faculty Success Program Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Award, January 2019


Grants Awarded :

Teaching + Learning Commons Community Engaged Learning Changemaker Faculty Fellow (2023-2025)

    • $10,000 grant award to complete a project to integrate community engaged learning (CEL) into teaching, research, and public service. Award winners are recognized as campus leaders in CEL pedagogy and participate in designated CEL professional development opportunities with a formal learning community. The CEL Faculty Fellows Program is led, funded, and managed by the Teaching and Learning Commons Engaged Teaching and Experiential Learning Hubs, with support from the Changemaker Institute and Faculty Leadership and Development at UCSD.
    • Project: Nature, Community, and Education

Grant Participation and Collaboration:

Anti-Racist Professional Learning Communities (ARPLC): A Research Practice Partnership with UCSD's Ealy Childhood Education Center focused on social justice in early childhood through anti-bias and anti-racist pedagogies. 

Publications and Presentations

Journal Publications:

Black, A. and West, G. (2023). Predict Who Your Friends Are?. Front. Young Minds. 11:820289. doi: 10.3389/frym.2022.820289 

Book Chapters:

Black, A. (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.

Other Publications:

Black, A. (2023). Friendship Matters: Military Kids and Their School-based Friendships. On the Move (p. 6-7): 

Black, A. (2019, November 8). How we can honor veterans by serving active-duty families. San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved from 

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. (2011). Inquiring knowledge: Reflections on inquiry-based teaching. San Diego, CA: San Diego County  Office of Education

Editorial Reviewer:

  • Hamel, N. (2022). Social participation of students with a migrant background - a comparative analysis of the beginning and end of a school year in German primary schools. Frontiers in Education: Sec. Language, Culture and Diversity.
  • Served as editorial reviewer for Journal of Adolescent Research (2023)
  • Served as editorial reviewer for Frontiers in Education (2021-2022)
  • Served as reviewer for the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) (2020)
  • Served as reviewer for the AERA 2019, (2016-2018)

Refereed Conference Proceedings:

Black, A. & Warstadt, M. (2024, Apr). It's Who You Know. Society for Research on Adolescents (ARA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il.

Van Es, E., Black, A., Toma-Berge, S., Sullivan, & L., Salasin, E. (2024, Mar). Improving Teacher Education Through Collaborative Research and Design. CCTE Annual SPAN Meeting, Sacramento, CA.

Black, A. (2023, Jun). Friendship Matters: How Military-Connected Youth Can Foster Support Networks in Schools. Military Child Education Coalition Annual Global Training Summit, Washington D.C.

Black, A. (2022, Apr). Diving Into Holes: A Social Network Framework for Data-driven Improvement. In E. van Es (Chair), Investigating the promise of network improvement communities to improve teacher preparation research and practice. AERA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. 

West, G. & Black, A. M. (2020, Apr 17-21). Predicting Friendship and Advice-Seeking Behaviors of Military Connected Adolescents: A Social Network Analysis. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled due to COVID-19).

Black, A., & West, G. (2020, March). Predicting Friendship and Advice-Seeking Behaviors of Military Connected Adolescents: a Social Network Analysis (Practical Applications of Mixed and Multimethod Research). Paper to be presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescents, San Diego, California (Conference Canceled). 

Black, A. (2019, April). Friends are Like Flowers: How Military-Connected Adolescents in Civilian Schools Cultivate Social Networks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Black, A. (2019, April). The Kids Are Alright: Eliciting Feedback in the Mixed Methods Research Process. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada. 

Black, A. (2019, March).  Friendship-Making: How Military-Connected Youth Cultivate Social Networks. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Baltimore, Maryland.

Black, A. (2018, November). Resiliency Networks: the Friendships and Support Networks of Military-Connected Adolescents. Paper presented at the second annual meeting of the North American Social Networks (NASN) of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Washington D.C. 

Warstadt, M., Black, A. (2018, November). Sharing Social Justice Beliefs: The Role of Social Networks in a Cohort-Based Teacher Preparation Program. Paper presented at the second annual meeting of the North American Social Networks (NASN) of the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Washington D.C. 

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.

Professional Development Presentations:

Project Preschool: 3 Pillars of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. 21st Annual Early Years Conference - Power to the Professional: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. San Diego, CA. (March, 2023).

Friendship Matters: Cultivating Support Networks in Civilian Schools (Distinguished Lecture). Military Child Education Coalition Global Training Summit, Washington D.C., (July, 2023)

Nature Stories. A workshop for Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) educators (Brown Bag) (July, 2023)

Tips from the Faculty Success Program: Writing and Work-Life Balance (Brown Bag) (2020)

The Center for Engaged Teaching, UCSD (2016-2018)

  • Tools for Teaching and Research Communications 
  • Project-Based Learning and Creation Apps
  • Participating in Effective Teaching
  • Course Design Studio

Leadership & Service

Director of Teacher Education Programs Search Committee (2023-2024)

Accreditation Reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (2021-2023)

  • Multiple Subjects and Single Subjects Program Review (2022-2023)
  • Clear Administrative Services Credential Initial Program Review (IPR) (2022)
  • California Teachers of English Learners

University of California Multilingual Learner Support Network Improvement Committee (MLS-NIC) (2021-Present)

  • Collaboration with teacher education colleagues and leaders across UC campuses
  • Collective work on problems of practice related to preparing teacher candidates for supporting multilingual learners and racial justice efforts in their instructional practice
  • Research on teacher education program improvement efforts
  • Presenting research at conferences, with research briefs, etc.

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) (2017-2022)

  • Faculty Co-Chair (2020-2022)
  • Representative to Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW) (2021-2022)
  • Recruitment, Retention, Advancement and Recognition Subcommittee Co-Chair (2019-2020)
  • Family-Friendly Campus Climate Subcommittee Co-Chair (2018-2019)
  • Applications and Screening Subcommittee Chair (2017-2018)
    • Initiated, led, and delegated a complete assessment and creation of new application questionnaire, scoring rubric, internal processes, etc. with an expressed goal of promoting diversity on the committee
  • Academic Voting Member

Served as BIR reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Single Subjects and Multiple Subjects Program Review (2022) 

Served as reviewer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Program Review (2021) 

UC San Diego EDS/CREATE Teaching and Learning Conference Committee Leadership Team (2016-2019) 

  • Recruit presenters for and design a regional K12 educator conference and assist with registration and presentations as well as coordinating guests and students on the day of the conference

Community Project Panel Member, Pacific Beach Middle School (2018)

Honors Thesis Co-Advisor, Critical Gender Studies (2017): 

  • "Biraciality and Bisexuality: How the World has Let Us Down" 

Participating Member of Innovative Teaching Network, San Diego Unified School District (2017-2019)

Board Member and Curriculum Development Leader (2013-2015)

  • BeREAL 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

Coronado Unified District Board Goals Development Committee, Teacher Representative (2014-2015)

Coronado Unified Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Committee Member (2013-2014) 

Fulton K-8 School Site Council (SSC) (2009-2010)



  • Leading and organizing large campus wide committees (and subcommittees) with diverse membership
  • Liaising among diverse groups (within and across university systems, school district personnel, community groups, families, and youth)
  • Supervising and mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, new and aspiring educators
  • Coordinating student teacher and fieldwork placements with local school district leaders and personnel
  • Ongoing communication and relationship management with school and district leaders

Research and Scholarship: 

  • Experience with diverse scholarship and range in educational research theory, research design, data collection and analysis, social network analysis and mixed methods, knowledge of analysis software such as UCINET and NETDRAW, SPSS, Dedoose, HyperRESEARCH, and InqScribe.
  • Mixed Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Network Analysis, Action Research
  • Editorial review and review of submissions for academic conferences

Higher Education Teaching and Curriculum Design:

  • Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Pedagogy
  • Student-centered, active-learning and experiential learning teaching methods to support health and wellbeing, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Program articulation and design
  • In-person, remote, hybrid, and online (synchronous and asynchronous) course design
  • Ability to learn and utilize a variety of instructional tools: Google Apps for Education, Canvas, Blackboard, Pear Deck, PollEverywhere, Mentameter, Adobe, Kami, etc.
  • Supervision of ELA and World Languages interns and student teachers

PK-12 Teaching and Curriculum Design and Development:

  • Teaching foundational/early literacy, reading assessment and intervention
  • Differentiation and literacy support for multilingual learners and learners with IEPs/504 plans.
  • Inclusion and co-teaching with RSP and Mild-Moderate Special Education Teachers
  • Student-centered SEL teaching methods to support health and wellbeing for children & adolescents
  • Teaching to support diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Creating and evaluating a research-based Empathy Integrated curriculum, designed to embed cognitive and affective empathy tasks into narrative reading experiences in the classroom setting


Education Consultant

Jul 2022Present
the Empathy In Nature Project

Director of Education

Lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education

Jul 2016Present
University of California, San Diego

Online Instructor

May 2016Jul 2016
University of San Diego

Reader/Teaching Assistant

Jul 2015Aug 2015
University of California, San Diego

EDS/SOC 117: Language, Culture, and Education

CAHSEE Tutor Coordinator

Sep 2009Mar 2009
Mission Hills High School, San Marcos Unified School District

Individual and small group instruction in secondary English language arts and mathematics, substitute teaching

Assistant Conference Coordinator

Jun 2008Sep 2008
International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR)

Grants Assistant

Jun 2008Aug 2008
The Center for Academic and Social Advancement (CASA)

Reading Instructor

Jun 2006Jun 2008
Lindamood-Bell Learning Process

Teaching reading, spelling, language, and comprehension, working with a variety a students: students with previous diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges.

Instructional Aide

Aug 2005Jun 2007
Sage Canyon Elementary School, Del Mar Unified School District

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

Child Care Early Childhood

Aug 2004Aug 2007

0-6 years old

Substitute Teacher Preschool

Jun 2003Aug 2003
A+ Subs

Activities Director, Camp Winthers Music Camp

Aug 20012007
San Juan Unified School District

Outdoor education instruction, music education (percussion/drums), management, educational activities scheduling, and communication

Professional Memberships


Rachel Millstone, E.d.D.

Program Coordinator / Lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093 

(858) 534-1686

Alison Wishard Guerra, Ph.D.

Associate 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, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-6472

Amanda Datnow, Ph.D.

Professor and Chancellor’s Associates Endowed Chair, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093
(858) 534-9598

Thandeka K. Chapman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Education Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

(858) 822-3960 

Bud Mehan

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Emeritus Director of Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE)

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093

Training and Professional Development

Nature Everywhere: Children in Nature Network Annual Learning Conference (2024)

Military Child Education Coalition Global Training Summit (2023)

Introduction to the CalTPA (CTC, 2023)

De-escalation training facilitated by DGB Counseling and Consulting (2023)

National Conflict Resolution Center

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Professional Learning Community (2023-2024)

Intermediate Social Network Analysis (UCINET) (Steve Borgatti) at the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis at the University of Kentucky (June, 2021)

AERA SNA summer institute with Alan Daly (UCSD)

ELD (Southwestern College)

EDTPA Scorer Training

DEI - Teaching and Learning Commons

Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards Workshop (2017) (Museum of Tolerance, LA)

Syllabus workshop (2016)

Center for Engaged Teaching - Active learning (2016)

Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC) (SDCOE) (2016)

Common Core State Standards Transition: 6th, 7th, anf 8th Grade Acedmy (SDCOE) (2012)

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

Computer Using Educators (CUE)

San Diego Computer Using Educators (SDCUE)

PBL Summer Institute High Tech High (2011)

Rewards Phonics for Middle Grades (2009)

Parent-Teacher Relationships (2009)

CATE (2009)

Greater San Diego Area Math Conference (2008)

Writing Across the Curriculum (SDAWP) (2008)

CBT (2007)

Music to support ASD (2007)