Prior to CUNY, Yuan pursued her doctoral degree (Doctor of Education) in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, and served as an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Program and Literacy Specialist Program at TC for three years. She also worked as a researcher at the Teachers College EdLab of Columbia University, writing for TC’s online publication New Learning Times, designing online courses on digital literacies and cyber bullying, and leading interdisciplinary research projects in curriculum development, teacher education, and educational technology. Yuan was an English teacher (teaching English as a foreign language), teaching English reading and writing classes in early childhood and elementary classrooms in two urban districts in Shanghai, China for three years. In addition, she has served as a researcher and student teacher supervisor in New York City public schools for seven years.


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

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

Scholarship / Publications

From a sociocultural perspective, Yuan’s research examines culturally responsive and multimodal curricular practices in urban school settings, including digital literacies in school curricula and multimodality in school children’s language and literacy practices. She further studies how teachers enact culturally responsive, embodied, and multimodal (digital) literacy practices in urban schools to meet the needs of today’s diverse student populations. Her work can be found in journals such as Childhood Education, English Journal, and Young Exceptional Children. She 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.

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

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

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.