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    Luciano Cid grew up in Argentina until he was thirteen years of age. It was then when his parents made the complex decision to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life for their children. At the beginning, Cid struggled both socially and academically, which was something he had never experienced before. With time, he began to be able to communicate using his second language (English), which assisted him in acclimating to his new surroundings. As this occurred, he became more socially and academically capable. Nevertheless, Cid never forgot the emotional and academic difficulties that he experienced during his adjustment period in his new country.

    Consequently, after completing his double major in philosophy and religious studies at the California State University of Fullerton, he entered a teaching credential program at Chapman University. During his time at Chapman, Cid investigated the emotional and academic potential that low income and immigrant students could gain if a teacher were to make him/herself emotionally available. It was also at Chapman when Cid was introduced to the interconnection that exists between neuroscience, psychology and education, which led him to want to explore more about these subjects. This desire led Cid to receive an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of Mind, Brain and Education (MBE). While at Harvard, God stirred his heart to apply to a doctoral program. Consequently, after a short term experiencing the frigid Bostonian weather, he found himself back in sunny Southern California attending a doctoral program at the University of Southern California (USC). His training at USC was mainly in the fields of educational leadership and educational psychology.

    Cid currently resides in Newport Beach, CA. with his son, daughter and lovely wife.


    • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
    • California Teachers Association
    • International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES) 
    • National Educators Association


    2013: Was asked to deliver testimony to the State’s Congressional Committee for Education regarding the importance of universal pre-school (transitional kindergarten).

    2011: Finalist for the Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    2004: Graduate Magna Cum Laude from The Harvard Graduate School of Education

    2003: Earned second AmeriCorps Education Award

    2002: Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Chapman University Earned AmeriCorps Education Award


    • "The Translucent Mosaic Model of Biblical Integration" Cid, L., (in review). 
    • "The Good Disciplinarian Model of Biblical Integration" Cid, L., (in review).


    • The Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR), La Mirada, CA.
    • Presentation focused on how teachers can promote equity and equality in the classroom through social emotional learning, specifically how teachers can and should design lessons that develop and promote empathy. February 2019.

    • Conference in Academic Research in Education (CARE), Las Vegas, NV.
    • Presentation focused upon the ability of elementary students to reason mathematically given different pedagogical approaches – teacher centered vs. student centered approaches. February 2019.

    • The Southern California Gathering of Christian Educators, Anaheim, CA.
    • Co-presented with S. Garcia the Good Disciplinarian Model of Integration, a discipline that explores how Christian teachers can carry out classroom management using the integration of educational psychology and the Scriptures. February 2018.

      • 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Oahu, HI.
      • Co-led multiple table discussions with E. Son on a possible research study focusing on children’s perception of their teacher’s gender and ethnic backgrounds – “What if they had a choice? The decisions elementary students make regarding their teacher’s gender and race when provided with options.” January 2018.

      • Turn Your Campus Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      • Co-presented with S. Garcia the Good Disciplinarian Model of Integration, a discipline that explores how Christian teachers can carry out classroom management using the integration of educational psychology and the Scriptures. January 2018.

      • 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Oahu, HI.
      • Presentation on mathematical reasoning - “Developing mathematical reasoning: A comparative study using student and teacher-centered pedagogies.” January 2016.

      • Better Together California Teacher Summit, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      • Led two presentations that took the form of guided discussions, focusing on “How to integrate the world into the classroom.” July 2015.

      • Justice, Spirituality, and Education Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
      • Presentation on “Paradigm building and paradigm shifting: How Jesus’ dialectical approach can assist us in teaching our children to be in the world, but not of the world.” November 2015.

                              Research Interests

                              • Examining the interactions that exist between neurology, psychology, education, and spirituality/religion.
                              • Investigating, designing, and implementing redemptive classroom management systems, investigating how teachers can parallel the ways in which the Judeo-Christian God has chosen to disciple rather than simply just discipline or punish His creation.
                              • The role of empathy and grace in maintaining a child’s ability to develop well balanced interpersonal, intrapersonal, academic, and professional lives.
                              • The lack of gender, ethnic, and multilingual diversity within the teaching staff of schools (in particular pre-schools and elementary schools), the impact that this lack of diversity has on students, and how policy could provide solutions for it.
                              • The necessity to add a third dimension (i.e., appropriate pedagogical techniques) to the two-dimensional model introduced by Anderson, Krathwohl, et. al (2001) during their revision of Bloom’s taxonomy.


                              Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

                              • Behavior
                              • Character Development
                              • Education
                              • Neuroscience
                              • Philosophy
                              • Psychology
                              • Teaching
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