Yune Tran

Yune Tran, PhD

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Teacher Education

503-554-2878

ytran@georgefox.edu

Yune Tran joined the George Fox School of Education in 2011. Prior to that, she spent three years as an English language learner district coach in the Leander Independent School District in Leander, Texas, where she developed and delivered trainings, seminars and workshops for ESL and general education teachers.

Professor Tran has had extensive experience through her roles as an administrator and teacher in K-12 settings, serving as a high school assistant principal, an ESL curriculum specialist in Manor, Texas, a bilingual teacher for Vietnamese students in Austin, Texas, a middle-level math teacher in Florida, and an elementary school teacher in Compton, California.

She was the recipient of the George Fox University Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship in 2016. She completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MEd degree in educational leadership from Texas State University.

Academic Background

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
MEd & Principal Certification, Texas State University at San Marcos
Teaching & MA Credential, California State University at Long Beach
BS, The University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications & Presentations

Tran, Y. (2017, under review). Computational Thinking Equity in Elementary Classrooms: What 3rd graders know and can do. The Journal of Educational Computing Research.

Tran, Y. (2017, under review). “It’s really fun.” Elementary-aged students computer-programming: Perceptions and career aspirations in STEM. Technology, Knowledge and Learning Journal.

Tran, Y. (2016). A changing perspective: Providing access early to drive innovation later. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Newsletter 26(2).

Tran, Y. (2016). What does faith got to do with it? Influences on preservice teachers’ racial identity development. Religion and Education, 43(3), 1-22.

Tran, Y. (2015). ESL Pedagogy and Certification: Teacher Perceptions and Efficacy. Journal of Education and Learning, 4(2), 28-42. 

Tran, Y. (2014). Professional development and teacher efficacy: Contexts of what, when, and how in serving ELLs. Multicultural Education Review 6(2), 81-116.

Tran, Y. (2014) Addressing reciprocity between families and schools: Why these bridges are instrumental for students’ academic success. Improving Schools Journal 17(1), 18-29.

Tran, Y. (2013). Science savvy in the classroom: One teacher’s experience in using ESL practices. Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction 15(1), 33-58.

Selected Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Tran, Y. (2017, April). Leveraging computational thinking access: Exploring what 3rd graders know and can do. Paper presented at the meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX

Tran, Y. (2017, April). Elementary-aged students computer programming: STEM perceptions and career aspirations. Paper presented at the meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Tran, Y. (2017, April). “It uses power”: Exploring equitable outcomes for coders who write-to-learn. Paper presented at the meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Tran, Y. (2017, March). Embracing edTPA as formative learning experience: Utilizing small groups to tackle the nuts and bolts. Presentation to the meeting of Oregon Association of Teacher Educators, Portland, OR.

Tran, Y. (2016, November). Promoting elementary students’ computational thinking through writing. Paper presented at the meeting of Literacy Reading Association. Nashville, TN.

Tran, Y. (2016, July). Reimagine CODE: Computational opportunities delivered in elementary. Presented at the meeting of National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo, Denver, CO.

Tran, Y. & Webb, D. (2016, July). Redefining student teaching experiences: Collaboration between university education/computer science students and K–12 districts. Presented at the meeting of National Science Teachers Association STEM Forum and Expo, Denver, CO.

Tran, Y., & Heide, S. (2016, February). Crossing Boundaries and Borders with Non-traditional Student Teaching Placements, Roundtable Presentation at Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Tran, Y. (2015, May). Professional Development and Teacher Efficacy: Contexts of what, when, and how in serving ELLs. Invited Paper Presentation at Korean Association of Multicultural Education (KAME) International Conference, Seoul, Korea.

Tran, Y. (2015, April). Professional Development and Teacher Efficacy: Contexts of what, when, and how in serving ELLs. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Tran, Y., Heide, S., & Espinor, D. (2015, February). Advancing Teacher Candidates’ Professional Workforce Skills through Mock Interviews. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Tran, Y. (2014, May). Effects of an ESL Certification: Perceptions and Efficacy Beliefs for Teaching ELLs. Paper presented at Korean Association of Multicultural Education (KAME) International Conference, Seoul, Korea.

Cevallos, T., Tran, Y., & Molitor, K. (2014, March). Transforming teacher education: Preparing teachers for a culturally diverse world. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Tran, Y. (2013, April) Got PE? Perceptions and Efficacy Beliefs for Teaching ELLs. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Tran, Y. (2013, March) Is Perception Reality? Mainstream Teacher Beliefs for working with ELLs. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Tran, Y. (2012, March). E.S.O.L. Redefined: Engaging Students with Organic Lessons. Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) Annual Conference, Salem, OR.

Tran, Y. (2011, February). A comparative look of the Asian-Pacific Islander student population in a Texas local school district. National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Annual Conference (invited presentation), New Orleans, LA.

Tran, Y., Perez, P., & Broussard, S. (2011, February). Savvy science.  National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Tran, Y. (2011, February). Establishing home and school partnerships. Continuous Improvement Conference (invited presentation), Leander, TX.

Tran, Y. (2009, February). Improving the effectiveness of home and school relationships. National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Annual Conference, Austin, TX.

Press Releases

Tune, R. (October 2015). Underrepresented third graders learning to code: Elementary education 2.0. Interview about Tran’s coding project in 15 elementary classrooms. Huffington Post.

Foster, A. (October 2015). The solution to our workforce shortage. Journal article on coding and STEM shortages. Secure World Post.

Gordon, S. (December 2014). Getting an early start on coding. Newspaper article on Tran’s pilot coding project. Portland Tribune.

Research Interests

  • Computation Thinking in Elementary
  • STEM and Computer Science Teaching and Learning
  • Teacher Efficacy
  • ESL Methods and Practices
  • Preservice Teacher Preparation
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Racial Identity

Courses Taught

EDUC 240 Perspectives in Education
EDUC 321 Early Childhood Education
EDUC 324 Trends and Methods in Early Childhood
EDUC 341 Learning Theory
EDUC 351 Middle Level Education
EDUC 371/ELED 371 Curriculum with ESOL
EDUC 473 Planning and Managing ESOL Curriculum
EDUC 475 Student Teaching II
EDUC 485 Diving Deep into edTPA
EDUC 490 Senior Seminar
ELED 401 Language Arts and Children’s Literature
ELED 480 Assessment for All Learners

Outside the Classroom

When not teaching or in the office, Professor Tran enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking, watching sports and running. She loves exploring the outdoors and the food trucks in Portland.