Yune Tran, PhD

Ginny Birky
Assistant Professor of Education

Elementary Education
Phone: 503-554-2878
Email: 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. Before that, Yune was an ESL curriculum specialist in a school district in Austin, Texas.

She also served as an elementary school teacher in Compton, Calif., and has gained diverse teaching experiences through her roles as a bilingual and classroom teacher in middle and elementary school settings in Florida, Texas and California. Yune completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 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. (In progress). “Yes, I can.” Elementary-Aged Students Computer-Programming: Perceptions and Career Aspirations.

Tran, Y. (under review with Religion and Education). The Role of Religion in Preservice Teachers’ Racial Identity Development.

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.

Tran, Y., & Heide, S. (2016). 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). 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). 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). Advancing Teacher Candidates’ Professional Workforce Skills through Mock Interviews. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Tran, Y. (2014). 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). 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) 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) 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). E.S.O.L. Redefined: Engaging Students with Organic Lessons. Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) Annual Conference, Salem, OR.

Tran, Y. (2011). 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). Savvy science.  National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

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

Tran, Y. (2009). 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

  • 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 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, Yune enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking, watching sports and running. She loves exploring the outdoors and the food trucks in Portland.