Dr. Felicia Darling
Felicia Darling is a math and college skills instructor, teacher educator, researcher, and author who focuses on improving access to post-secondary education for all students.
Her asset-based instructional model focuses on illuminating assets of students who are underrepresented among those with four-year degrees—including students of color, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, first-generation-college students, bilingual students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students. Her model of professional development encourages educators to draw from research and their own expertise to improvise, innovate, and refine their instruction using the evidence-based cycle of instruction improvement.
Felicia is a first-generation college student who has taught math and education courses for 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 Teaching Credential, and a California Teacher of English Learners Certificate.
Felicia advocates asset-based instruction in her book, Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students. This book illustrates ed psych theory, instructional strategies, and research using cartoons, student narratives, and classroom examples. The goal is to inspire instructors to foster engaging, interactive learning environments in which students from every background feel safe to take risks, make mistakes, share their unique approaches to learning, and develop identities as competent life-long learners. She draws from her own research as well as phenomenal Stanford researchers including Boaler, Dweck, Goldeberg, Cohen and Walton, Lotan and Cohen, Steele, Zwiers and O’Hara, and Hakuta.
Currently, Felicia Darling is loving her position as a Mathematics Instructor in the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Junior College.