Ambra Green, Ph.D. 2016

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Ambra Green, Ph.D. was awarded the African American Success Foundation Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2016 at which time she was Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) conducting a study titled Examining Teacher Instructional Practices Used in Classrooms with High Achieving African American Students.   The purpose of her research was “ determine to what extent teachers are using evidence based practices during classroom instruction for African American high achievers…”

Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, responsible for developing the University’s new special education program. A native of Texas, Dr. Green attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she received her Bachelorette degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Special Education and a Master’s of Education degree in Special Education with certifications in Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Positive Behavior Supports supported through the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellowship. She completed her Ph.D. at Mizzou in the Department of Special Education with concentrations in behavior disorders, positive behavior supports, and a cognate in educational leadership and policy analysis. Prior to relocating to Missouri to pursue her Ph.D., Dr. Green was a middle school special education teacher in central Texas. Dr. Green’s research foci includes the disproportionate representation of minority students, particularly African Americans, in discipline and special education referrals, categories, and placements. Additional research emphasizes prevention and intervention through culturally relevant systemic approaches as a means to mitigate the overrepresentation of marginalized groups. A related strand of research focuses on equity policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

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