Student Profile

BernNadette Best-Green, M.A. & PhD Candidate: Education (LLC)
UC Davis Professors of the Future Fellow & Teacher Educator-Scholar Fellow

Background and Research Interests

BernNadette Best-Green is a UC Davis “Teacher Educator-Scholar” Fellow who executes research designed to improve the educational trajectories of students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse (CLSD) backgrounds. BernNadette’s educational background (M.A.., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) and professional experience (K-12 teacher, vice principal, summer school principal, & project director) provide a rich backdrop for her doctoral studies and research agenda.

 

Advisors

Language, Literature, and Culture (LLC) Primary Advisor:

Danny C. Martinez, PhD

http://education.ucdavis.edu/faculty-profile/danny-c-martinez

Gloria M. Rodriguez, PhD

School Organization & Education Policy (SOEP) Secondary Advisor:

http://education.ucdavis.edu/faculty-profile/gloria-m-rodriguez

 

Education

  • BA in Sociology (UC Berkeley)
  • MA in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (CSU Sacramento)
  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (CSU East Bay)
  • Tier I Administrative Services Credentials (CSU Sacramento)
  • Tier II Administrative Services Credential (Sacramento County Office of Education)
  • In progress: PhD in Education - Language, Literacy & Culture (UC Davis)

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • BernNadette’s UCD Graduate Studies’ Student Spotlight:

http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/news/bernnadette-best-green

 

  • BernNadette’s UCD “Extraordinary Students” Profile: 

http://ucdavis.edu/one/stories/students/best-green.html

 

  • 2017-2018 UCD Professors for the Future Fellowship (UCD Graduate Studies Division 

 

  • 2017 Education PhD Fellowship (UCD School of Education)

 

  • 2014-2017 Teacher Educator-Scholar Fellowship (UCD School of Education)

 

  • 2016 Mohini Jain Family Foundation Award (UCD School of Education)

 

  • 2015 Mark Carey Reflective Learner Award (UCD School of Education)

 

  • 2014-2015 Quest for Teacher Education Research Awardee (California Council on Teacher Education)

 

  • 2014 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Award (UCD Graduate Studies Division)

 

  • 2014 Humanities Graduate Research Award (UCD Graduate Studies Division)

 

  • 2013-2014 Education PhD Fellowship (UCD School of Education)

 

UC Davis Research

THRIVING WHILE BLACK Pilot Study (Principal Investigator)

As Principal Investigator of the 2014 UCD study, “THRIVING WHILE BLACK: Understanding Black University Students’ Perceptions about the K-12 Teacher & School Characteristics That Were Most Helpful and Most Harmful to Their College Aspirations” I have worked under the supervision of UCD professors, Cynthia Carter-Ching, PhD (School of Education) and Elisa Joy White, PhD (African American & African Studies) while seeking to deepen my understanding of Black collegians’ perspectives and lived experiences pertaining to teacher- and school-related factors that have served as significant enablers and detractors to their educational trajectories. Findings from the qualitative data generated by fifty 1:1 interviews with African American university students are illuminated in 4 separate “Paper Presentations” at the following 2015 venues:

  • October 7, 2014 – UCD 2014 Fall Convocation and Student Research Expo Poster Presentation

http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=14937

 

  • February 6-8, 2015 – National Council for Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Mid-Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA

http://nctear.org/

 

  • February 10, 2015 – University of California at Davis Black Family Week 2015 THRIVING WHILE BLACK Symposium in Davis, CA

http://ccc.ucdavis.edu/bfw.html

 

  • April 16-18, 2015 – American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL

http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2015AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15492/Default.aspx

 

Visit https://www.facebook.com/KeepThrivingWhileBlack for additional information.

 

TEACHING THEM to THRIVE Study (Principal Investigator)

As Principal Investigator of the 2014-2015 UCD study, “TEACHING THEM to THRIVE: Understanding How New Teachers Can Augment the Academic Achievement of Culturally, Linguistically, and Socioeconomically Diverse Learners” I have been selected to participate in the “2014-2015 Quest for Teacher Education Research.” Under the collaborative supervision of my School of Education faculty advisors (Professors Karen A. Watson-Gegeo, PhD and Danny C. Martinez, PhD) this investigation examines 1) experiences of pre-service teachers as they reflect on their evolving ability to bolster diverse students’ agency as learners and 2) the perspectives of university students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds regarding ways that teachers have augmented their agency as learners. Preliminary findings from this investigation are illuminated in 2 separate conference presentations at the following venues:

  • February 16-18, 2015 – Critical Questions in Education Conference in San Diego, CA

http://education.missouristate.edu/AcadEd/

 

  • March 19-21, 2015 – California Council on Teacher Education Spring Conference in San Jose, CA

http://ccte.org/

 

LEADERSHIP for REAL IMPACT (Graduate Student Researcher)

Under the supervision on Principal Investigator, Professor Gloria Rodriguez, PhD (School of Education Professor and Co-Director of the CANDEL Program) LEADERSHIP for REAL IMPACT examines K-12 school’s resource allocation and leadership practices that support marginalized students in pursuit of academic excellence.

 

CULTURAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY PROJECT (Graduate Student Researcher)

Under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Professor Steven Athanases, PhD (School of Education) the CULTURAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY PROJECT examines the written work of university undergraduates employing grounded theory to articulate themes informed by larger research literature on diversity and teacher education. Preliminary findings from this investigation will be illuminated in a research roundtable presentation at the following venue:

  • April 16-18, 2015 – American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL

http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2015AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15492/Default.aspx

 

Associate Instructor

EDU 304A: Teaching in Elementary Schools (UCD, SOE)

EDU 304B: Teaching in Elementary Schools (UCD, SOE)

EDU 304C: Teaching in Elementary Schools (UCD, SOE)

EDU 206C: Inquiry into the Classroom (UCD, SOE)

EDU 206D: Inquiry into the Classroom (UCD, SOE)

 

Teaching Assistant

Education 150: Cultural Diversity and Education in a Sociopolitical Context (UCD, winter 2014)

Education 206C: Inquiry into Classroom Practice (fall 2015 & 2016)

Education 206D: Inquiry into Classroom Practice – Data Analysis and Research Reporting (winter 2016 & 2017)

Chicana/o Studies 132: Political Economy of Chicana/o Communities (spring 2016 & 2017)

“..BernNadette’s performance during winter quarter as a teaching assistant for EDU 150 was exemplary. She modeled a commitment to diversity and equity themes, participated fully as a member of the teaching team, gave presentations, met regularly for TA planning and scoring meetings, and responded thoughtfully and carefully to student work. Students found her a thoughtful and resourceful support.” -Professor Steven A. Athanases, PhD, 4-22-14

 

Academic Service and Campus Affiliations

*Chancellor’s Ambassadors Program (Terms: 2013-2014, 2014-2015)

*Status of Women at Davis Administrative Advisory Committee (Term: June 2014-present)

​*Chancellor’s Graduate & Professional Students’ Advisory Board (Term: 2013-2014) – https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/about-us/chancellors-graduate-professional-student-advisory/board-members-2013-14

*Black Graduate & Professional Students’ Association – Executive Board Member (Terms: 2013-2014, 2014-2015)

*Graduate Ally Coalition: “Celebrating Diversity & Ally Training” Certification (2013 Inaugural Cohort)

*Women of Color Graduates (Term: 2013-2014)

 

Scholarly Productivity

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

  • 7 October 2014 – POSTER PRESENTATION at the University of California at Davis’ Chancellor’s Annual Convocation and Student Research Expo. Poster Title: “THRIVING WHILE BLACK: Understanding Black University Students’ Perspectives About the K-12 Teacher and School Characteristics That Were Most Helpful and Most Harmful to Their College Aspirations.”

http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=14937

CLICK LINK (BELOW) TO SEE PRESENTATION COLLAGE:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153212211403290&set=a.10153130818513290.1073741831.613263289&type=1&theater

 

  • 4 February 2015 – PAPER PRESENTATION at the 2015 University of California, Davis Black Family Week 2015 THRIVING WHILE BLACK Symposium. Paper Title: “STEREOTYPES, MICROAGGRESSIONS, & STATISTICS–OH MY! Thoughts on Thriving as a Black Face in a White Space.”

http://ccc.ucdavis.edu/bfw.html

CLICK LINK (BELOW) TO SEE PRESENTATION COLLAGE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153131024043290&set=a.10153130818513290.1073741831.613263289&type=1&theater

 

  • 6-8 February 2015 – PAPER PRESENTATION at the National Council for Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Paper Title: “CONVERSATIN’ & CONVERSING: Examining How Black Collegians’ Awareness of the Culture of Power & Hegemony of Standard English Influences Their Linguistic Practices.”

http://nctear.org/

CLICK LINK (BELOW) TO SEE PRESENTATION COLLAGE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153130937898290&set=a.10153130818513290.1073741831.613263289&type=1&theater

 

  • 16-18 February 2015 – PAPER PRESENTATION at the Critical Questions in Education Conference (CQiE) in San Diego, CA. Paper Title: “Investigating Pre-Service Teachers’ Ability to Augment the Achievement of Culturally, Linguistically, and Socioeconomically Diverse Learners.”

http://education.missouristate.edu/AcadEd/

CLICK LINK (BELOW) TO SEE PRESENTATION COLLAGE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153130906458290&set=a.10153130818513290.1073741831.613263289&type=1&theater

 

  • 19-21 March 2015 - INTERIM REPORT at the 2015 California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) 2015 Spring Conference in San Jose, CA. Presentation Title: “TEACHING THEM to THRIVE Mid-Year Interim Report”

http://ccte.org/

CLICK LINK (BELOW) TO SEE PRESENTATION COLLAGE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153131051283290&set=a.10153130818513290.1073741831.613263289&type=1&theater

 

  • 16-20 April 2015 – PAPER PRESENTATION at the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Paper Title: ” ‘GO RUN TELL DAT!’ Privileging Black Collegians’ Perspectives to Augment African American Youth’s Educational Trajectories.”

http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2015AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15492/Default.aspx

 

  • 16-20 April 2015 – ROUNDTABLE PRESENTATION at the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Paper Title: “Education Students’ Inventories of Personal Language Use: Potentialities and Restrictions in Linguistic Repertoires.”

http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2015AnnualMeetingTheme/tabid/15492/Default.aspx

 

Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)

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