Prior to CUNY, Yuan pursued her doctoral degree (Doctor of Education) in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research examines culturally responsive and multimodal (digital) curricular practices in urban school settings. She further studies how teachers and underrepresented students of color co-construct equitable literacy spaces within these settings. Her work has appeared in Childhood Education, English Journal, and Young Exceptional Children. Yuan is the recipient of the 2017 American Educational Research Association Division K Early Career Travel Grant Award and the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English Geneva Smitherman Cultural Diversity Grant Award.


Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University

M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Publications:
Yuan, T., & Jiang, H. (2018). Culturally responsive teaching for children from low-income, immigrant families. Young Exceptional Children. Online first:

Yuan, T. (2017). The teaching of “dangerous” school bodies: Toward critical embodied pedagogies in English education. English Journal, 106(4), 67-72.

Yuan, T. (Ed.). (2016). A guide for parents by the China National Children’s Center Lao Niu Children’s Discovery Museum (《中國兒童中心老牛兒童探索館家長指南》). Children’s Museum Research Center of Beijing Normal University and China National Children’s Center, Beijing, China.

Yuan, T., & Bakian-Aaker, L. (2015). Classroom digital storytelling in grades K-2: Writers make a movie for the reader. Childhood Education, 91(5), 402-406.

Yuan, T. (2011). From Ponyo to “my Garfield story”: Using digital comics as an alternative pathway to literary compositions. Childhood Education, 87(4), 297-301.

Yuan, T., Crowley, J., Asunka, S., Chae, H. S., Natriello, G. (2010). “Build it and they will come?” A case study of the use of wikis in a higher education research unit. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 3(3), 39-44.

Course Teaching

EDC 218 Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum
EDC 350 Fieldwork in the Preschool Classroom
EDC 310 Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades
EDC 402 Reflection and Analysis in Student Teaching
EDC 440 Student Teaching and Seminar in Early Childhood Education