AmyK Conley

TPA Director & Lecturer & Supervisor

Dr. AmyK Conley is the director of Teacher Performance Assessment and a lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt in literacy in the liberal studies elementary education program, elementary education credential program, special education credential program, and secondary education credential program. She also coordinates the weekly speaker series Teachers, Eduleaders, Advocates, and Scholars (TEAS) for future educators at Cal Poly Humboldt. She currently serves on the Literacy Design Team for the California Teaching Commission. Additionally, she works with Humboldt County Office of Education and Redwood Writing Project in literacy professional development for in-service teachers. Dr. Conley also holds the appointment of Research Associate in the School of Education.

She served as a high school English teacher at Fortuna High School in Humboldt County, California, where she works to promote educational programs that foster excellence in service-learning, literacy, and equity. The first woman in her family to attend college, Conley has always sought to improve access to literacy in diverse populations. She has taught in California for 21 years, primarily as a high school English teacher, graduated with a Master's (2000) in Mass Communication from San Jose State, and earned and EdD in Education Leadership at Fresno State University. She received a $17,000 Institute For Teaching grant from the California Teachers Association to establish a district-wide service-learning program in Humboldt County and a $21,000 Dyslexia Awareness grant from the California Teaching Commission. Since 2001, Conley has volunteered to teach adults in her community to read and served on three library and literacy boards. She has served the California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum program as a teacher, facilitator, and module writer since 2008. Conley has written for Edutopia in the area of service-learning and intrinsic motivation. In 2017, she wrote a book Teachers, Mindset, Motivation, and Mastery: Research Translated to K-12 Practice.

Specialty Area

Literacy, ELA, service-learning, restorative justice, social justice education, literacy policy




BS Journalism
MS Mass Communication
EdD Educational Leadership

Courses Taught

Elementary Language Arts and Reading
Disciplinary Literacy
Special Education Reading & Language Arts