Dr. Felicia Darling is a math and college skills instructor, teacher educator, and education scholar who focuses on improving access to post-secondary education for all students. Her instructional approach focuses on illuminating assets of students who are underrepresented in four-year degrees in the US—especially socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation-college, and linguistic and ethnic/racial minority students. Her model of professional development relies on inspiring educators to draw from research, their existing expertise, and their autonomy to improvise and innovate new instructional practices.
Felicia is a first-generation college student who has taught math and education courses for almost 30 years at both the secondary and college levels. She possesses a Ph.D. in Math Education from Stanford University and is a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a Bachelors in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, a California Single-Subject Math Credential, and a California Teacher of English Learners Certificate.
Felicia advocates asset-based instruction in her upcoming book called Teachin’ It! The book details ed psych theory, strategies, and research that encourage instructors to foster engaging, interactive learning environments in which students from all backgrounds feel safe and are motivated to take risks, make mistakes, share their unique approaches to learning, and develop identities as competent life-long learners and professionals. She draws from her own research as well as researchers including Boaler, Dweck, Lotan and Cohen, Steele, Zwiers and O’Hara, and Hakuta. Currently, Dr. Felicia Darling is a Mathematics Instructor in the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Junior College.