Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 Dr. Cid was introduced to the interconnection that exists between neuroscience, psychology, and education, which lead him to want to explore more about these subjects. This desire led Dr. 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 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.
Dr. Cid currently resides in Newport Beach, CA. with his son (Matias), daughter (Italia), and lovely wife (Janelle). His research interests include: the academic, socio-emotional, and spiritual formation of children through authentic experiences; the integration of the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) with spirituality; and teacher preparation, support, and development. However, his greatest professional passion will continue to be to use and share the skills and knowledge with which God has blessed him in order to alleviate the emotional and academic shortfalls that children may be suffering in their academic environments.
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
2015: Presented at the Better Together: California Teacher Summit
2013: Conducted interviews (in Spanish and English) for T.V. channels covering California’s Congressional Committee in Education regarding Bill SB 837 Early Childhood Education
2011: Gave introductory remarks at the first annual MBE alumni conference at The HarvardGraduate School of Education