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. Professor Tran has built a strong reputation in teacher education, given her 20 years of experience in administration, teacher leadership and research that involves diversity and equity within K-16 platforms. She has an extensive publication list in a variety of education journals, including paper/conference proceedings at national and international venues. 

Professor Tran’s current research investigates an innovative program that she designed and led. It has been implemented in over 20 U.S. elementary classrooms since 2015 to build young students’ foundational computational thinking skills. 

She was the recipient of the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year 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. (2018). Computer programming effects in elementary: Perceptions and career aspirations in STEM. Technology, Knowledge and Learning. DOI: 10.1007/s10758-018-9358-z 

Tran, Y. (2018). Computational thinking equity in elementary classrooms: What 3rd graders know and can do. The Journal of Educational Computing Research. DOI: 10.1177/0735633117743918 

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 Papers and Proceedings 

Tran, Y. (2018, April). Developing Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Efficacy to Teach Computer Science. Paper presented at the meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY. 

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

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. (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. 

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.

Selected Peer-reviewed Presentations

Tran, Y. & Hernandez, R. (2018, February). Future directions for supporting underrepresented faculty: Examining the role of a faculty of color (FOC) mentoring program. Presented at the CCCU International Forum, Dallas, TX. 

Tran, Y. & Dee, A. (2017, November). Enhancing edTPA with formative experiences: supporting candidates for success. Presented at the national edTPA Stanford SCALE Conference, San Jose, CA. 

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, 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., 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. 

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

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

Invited Presentations and Workshops

Tran, Y. (2018, March). A framework of elementary coding lessons. (Workshop for approximately 80 teachers). Carlingford West Public School. Sydney, Australia. 

Tran, Y. (2018, March). Building elementary preservice teachers’ efficacy to teach computer science. Presentation to faculty of education. Macquarie University. Sydney, Australia. 

Tran, Y. (2018, March). Coding in school-time: Leveraging access to CS (Workshop for 30 school teachers from local primary schools). Sydney, Australia. 

Tran, Y. (2018, March). Exploring computational thinking equity across elementary classrooms. Presentation to faculty and staff of education. Macquarie University. Sydney, Australia. 

Tran, Y. (2018, March) Elementary students coding in U.S. classrooms: How, why, and what they learned. Presentation to faculty of education. The University of Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand. 

Tran, Y. (2016, October). Exploring intersections of teachers’ lives: Race, religion and identity. Presented at Fall Faculty Lecture. George Fox University. Newberg, OR. 

Tran, Y. (2016, March). What & how of teaching CS in elementary. Presented at the Super Quest Conference. Salem, OR. 

Tran, Y. (2015, May). Professional development and teacher efficacy: Contexts of what, when, and how in serving ELLs. Manuscript presented at the international meeting of Korean Association of Multicultural Education, Seoul, Korea. 

Tran, Y. (2011, March). Vocabulary development in Texas essential knowledge and skills (TEKS). Presented at Bagdad Elementary (Two-day intensive workshop). Leander, TX. 

Tran, Y. (2011, February). Establishing home and school partnerships. Presented at the annual Continuous Improvement Conference. Leander, TX. 

Tran, Y. (2011, February). A comparative look of the Asian-pacific islander student population in a Texas local school district. Presented at the meeting of National Association of Bilingual Educators, New Orleans, LA. 

Tran, Y. (2010, August). English proficiency standards: What, why, and how. Presented at New Teacher Orientation (One-week seminar). Leander, 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.