Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh Education

Aghasaleh's book, Children and Mother Nature, Storytelling for a Globalized Environmental Pedagogy, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award.

This volume is a multilingual collection that represents indigenous environmental knowledges from various ethnic, linguistic, geographical, and national groups of educators and students through storytelling. Each chapter includes indigenous folk tales with a theme of human-nature interaction and facilitated storytelling sessions with groups of students in K–8 grade in Turkey, Greece, US, Jamaica, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Chinese and Korean language speaking communities in the US.

Submitted: March 25, 2021

Faculty Libbi Miller Education

Libbi Miller, Education, published the article "Exploring critical reflection in a virtual learning community in teacher education" in the journal Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives.

Submitted: March 3, 2021

Faculty Sara K. Sterner Education

Dr. Sara K. Sterner, School of Education, published Expanding Academic Writing: A Multilayered Exploration of What It Means To Belong as part of a special issue of Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education entitled The Messy Affect(s) of Writing in the Academy with her long time writing partner Dr. Lee C. Fisher (Minnesota Writing Project). The article is available at the following link:

Submitted: December 28, 2020

Faculty Rouhollah Aghasaleh Education

Published an opinion piece about the Secretary of Education in Biden's cabinet.…

Submitted: December 7, 2020

Faculty Libbi Miller Education

Libbi Miller, chair of the School of Education, presented at the webinar "CO Learning Lab to Close the Teacher Diversity Gap: Five Campus Teams Share Their Progress" as part of the CSU Educator Preparation and Public School Programs webinar series (November 20, 2020). The work presented presented at the webinar was compiled in collaboration with James Woglom (Art), Heather Ballinger (Education) and Sarah Green (Education).

Submitted: November 30, 2020

Faculty Shannon Morago Education

Shannon Morago, lecturer in the School of Education, has published a chapter entitled "Learner-Centered Facilitation in Lesson Study Groups" in the book Stepping up Lesson Study: An Educator’s Guide to Deeper Learning.

Submitted: November 19, 2020

Faculty David Ellerd and Bernie Levy Education

The Special Education Teacher Residency Program, which provides funding for teacher residency completing their Education Specialist credential, has been featured in the webinar and report form the Learning Policy Institute "Closing California’s Opportunity Gap: Ensuring All Students Have Access to Fully Prepared Teachers." The program is a collaboration between the HSU School of Education and the Humboldt County Office of Education. The program at HSU led by professor David Ellerd and program coordinator Bernie Levy.

Submitted: November 13, 2020

Faculty Sara K. Sterner Education

Sara K. Sterner (Education) was invited to facilitate a professional development session for Secondary English Language Arts Educators in Minneapolis Public Schools in conjunction with the Minnesota Writing Project on November 10. The workshop, entitled Dismantling White Supremacy in Reading Practices: From Self-reflection to Action, kicked off the PD series as the teachers work toward curriculum transformation based in antiracist texts and practices.

Submitted: November 11, 2020

Faculty Nora Wynne Education

Nora Wynne, School of Education lecturer and local K-12 Spanish Teacher, has been named 2021 California Teacher of the Year. This is a great honor that is only awarded to 5 teachers across the state each year. The School of Education would like to extend our congratulations to Nora for this accomplishment!

Submitted: October 28, 2020

Faculty Libbi Miller, James Woglom, Heather Ballinger, Sarah Green Education

Libbi Miller, Heather Ballinger, Sarah Green of School of Education, and James Woglom of the Department of Art presented their paper "Plan-Do-Study-Act: Utilizing Improvement Science Methods to Identify and Dismantle Systemic Inequities in Teacher Education Admissions and Recruitment" at the virtual California Council of Teacher Education.

Submitted: October 19, 2020

Faculty Sara K. Sterner Education

Sara K. Sterner created and facilitated a Workshop on October 6 for the Minnesota Writing Project Teacher Workshop series. The workshop entitled, White Supremacy in Reading Practices: Exploring Reading Whitely through a Reading Inventory, explored dominant reading experiences through a guided process of self-reflection and discussion. Participants engaged in conversations about texts and white supremacy as a means to promote equity-based literature selection practices that disrupt white supremacy.

Submitted: October 7, 2020

Faculty Libbi Miller, Gregg Gold, Heather Ballinger, James Woglom Education

HSU and the Humboldt County Office of Education were recently awarded one of five Improvement Research Fellowships, a team-based experience for CSU-District teacher preparation partnerships. The fellowship supports partnership teams to achieve improved program outcomes, build improvement capacity, and build knowledge about how to improve teacher preparation. With support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the leadership of the CSU Chancellor’s Office for Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, the Humboldt team aims to increase the number of diverse candidates who complete HSU's post-baccalaureate teaching credential program.

Submitted: August 7, 2019

Student Club Tina Llopis Education

On July 21st 2017, Humboldt State University’s Student CTA (SCTA) president, Tina Llopis, was the first local SCTA president to receive a grant and attend the annual CTA President's Conference in San Jose, California. This conference is held annually for the leaders of the California Teacher’s Association to build their leadership skills, hold professional development workshops, inspire member engagement, and unite to overcome challenges that are faced by educators. Llopis, a senior at HSU and newly elected president of the SCTA chapter, received a grant by the Community College Association (CCA), thus being able to foster a connection between CTA and our future educators.

Submitted: August 11, 2017
Submitted: September 7, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz Education

Education Professor Marisol Ruiz recently authored a chapter in the book "Immigration and Schooling: Redefining the 21st Century America" edited by Touorizou Hervé Sommé and Pierre Orelus. The chapter is titled: Why are the Spanish Speakers in the Back of the Room in a Dual Immersion Setting?

Submitted: March 30, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz Education

Education Faculty Member Marisol Ruiz will present at the American Education Research Association conference for educational research. She will present, "Bilingual school children can think deeper than developmental theorist predict! Readers theater for critical pedagogical literacy." Her article was also recently published in the edited book "Interrogating critical pedagogy: The voices of educators of color in the movement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Submitted: February 12, 2015

Faculty David Ellerd and Peggy Kirkpatrick Education

David Ellerd and Peggy Kirkpatrick delivered a presentation on “Rural Partnerships: Special Education Teacher Preparation in Humboldt County.” This invited presentation was delivered to a special delegation of physicians and teachers from Siberia, Russia. The focus was to provide information about state and local requirements for Special Education teacher credentialing to educate children and young adults with disabilities. The event was sponsored by Humboldt County of Education (HCOE) on April 1, 2014.

Submitted: April 2, 2014

Faculty David A. Ellerd Education

David Ellerd delivered a presentation on “Rural Partnerships in Teacher Preparation: The Development of a Reading Clinic to add Consistency in Fieldwork Instructional Experiences.” This peer-reviewed presentation was delivered at the 33rd annual conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, held in Tucson, Arizona, March 19-22, 2014. The focus of this national conference was on developing partnerships to meet individual needs across rural and urban cultural contexts.

Submitted: March 24, 2014

Faculty David Ellerd Education

David Ellerd, Associate Professor in the School of Education, has a new chapter titled, "Employment Assessment" published in the "The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities" (with Robert Morgan), pages 59-84. For a link to the book, visit

Submitted: January 16, 2014

Faculty Prof. Jayne McGuire and her EDUC 377 Class Education

Prof. Jayne McGuire and her EDUC 377 class were advanced to the state level for judging for the CSU Moodle users competition.

Submitted: March 23, 2012