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Amy Ballin

Antioch University New England

Amy Ballin’s career as an educator spans over 30 years from teaching science education at elementary and middle schools to working as school counselor for children with language-based learning disabilities. Dr. Ballin received her Bachelor in Science from Cornell University as an environmental education major. She earned a Masters in Science Teaching from AUNE and worked as a science educator for ten years before returning to college to obtain a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Dr. Ballin received her C.A.G.S. in education administration and her PhD in education from Lesley University where she explored theories of school culture, the ethics of special education, and student motivation.

Dr. Ballin’s scholarly interests include a focus on creative approaches to teaching pedagogy and social action to eradicate injustices embedded within our educational system. She believes in connecting the social and emotional lives of children with their academic success and in designing teaching methods to engage a wide range of learners to find solutions to teaching children rather than blaming children. Her research area and interests include exploring how racial and socioeconomic assumptions intersect with the social construction of special education.

Dr. Ballin has served on a variety of boards in the community. She was founder and chair of the West Parish Science Park Committee. Dr. Ballin’s oversaw the fundraising, design, and construction of this a one of its kind Science Park where children could “play” with science by interacting with pulley systems, gears, levers, and other physical science concepts during recess time. Dr. Ballin led the formation of a charter school pulling together a team of interested educators and parents. She served as a board member and board chair. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Food Project and previously served on the North Shore Teen Initiative Board, and the Olin College of Engineering Parent Advisory Board.

Educational History

Cornell University
Antioch University New England
Boston University
Lesley University

Kim, H., Ballin, A. (accepted). Making the shift in theoretical orientation and teaching practices: Two educators’ narrative journey. The Education Forum.
Ballin, A. Gao, l., Costello, M., Diamond, M. (In preparation). Mentoring first generation college students.
Ballin, A. (In preparation). A trauma-sensitive school: A qualitative research study of one k-5 elementary school.
Ballin, A. (accepted). Connecting Trauma-Sensitive Schooling and Social-Emotional Learning to Promote Educational Equity: One School’s Intentional Design. School Social Work.
Ballin, A., Davidson, E, Carron, J., Drago, M. (Pending). Making Math Add Up for Special Education Students. American Journal of Education.
Ballin, A., & Davidson, E. (2018). Five (not ten) teaching practices inclusive of students with anxiety. NEFDC Exchange. Retrieved from

Costello, M., Ballin, A., Diamond, M., & Gao, l. (2018). First-generation college students and non-first-generation college students: Perceptions of belonging. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8(12). Retrieved from
Ballin, A. (2018, November 15). Questions in special education: Unjust access to inequitable outcomes. Special Education Research, Policy & Practice, 2(1). Retrieved from
Ballin, A. (2016). The quest for meaningful special education. Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield Press.
Reiff, M., & Ballin, A. (2016). Adult graduate student voices. Adult Learning, 27(2), 76-83. doi:10.1177/1045159516629927
Ballin, A., Benson, J., & Burt, L. (1993). Trash conflicts: A science and social studies curriculum on the ethics of disposal. Boston, MA: Educators for Social Responsibility.
Ballin, A. (1984). Gardening at Horizons. Science and Children. 21(7):21-22; National Science Teachers Association.
Ballin, A. (1985). The flowers that bloom in the spring. Science and Children. 22(8):12-15; National Science Teachers Association

Amy Ballin

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