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Betina Hsieh

Assistant Professor


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Dr. Hsieh is a true believer in the importance of connecting theory and practice.  Her teacher education work is informed by her 10 years of urban middle school classroom teaching experience (in the English, Mathematics, and Social Studies classrooms), her several years of literacy coaching (K-12), and her work as co-director of the Bay Area Writing Project.  Dr. Hsieh anchors her practice in a strong theoretical framework as well that is particularly influenced by such scholars as hooks, Freire, Dewey, Heath, Freedman, Schon, and the New London Group, among others.  Because of her personal and professional background, she is strongly committed to equity in urban schooling. Current research interests include the emergence and development of a teacher professional identity, the development of cross-content literacy practices (particularly in the age of the common core standards) and the development and uses of 21st century literacy practices in schools and universities.


Ph. D Education with a Specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture (UC Berkeley)
MA Education/ Single Subject Credential (UC Berkeley)
BA American Studies/French minor (UC Berkeley)

Research Interests

Content Area Literacy, Teacher Professional Development; Teacher Professional Identity, Collaboration, University-School Partnerships, Teacher Education, 21st century literacies, technology & digital learning, Linked Learning (College and Career Readiness), Common Core State Standards

Representative Publications

Hsieh, B. (2014). The Importance of Orientation: Implications of Professional Identity on Classroom Practice and for Professional Learning. Teaching and Teachers: Theory and Practice. (Available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13540602.2014.928133)

Hsieh, B. (2014). From Skepticism & Utilization to Contribution & Growth: Shifting Perspectives on Technology among English Credential Candidates. California English,

Hsieh, B. (2012). Challenging Characters: Learning to Read Inward and Outward from Characters Who Face Oppression. English Journal , 102 (1), 48-51.

Recent Conference Presentations

Hsieh, B. (2014, April) “A-Ha” Moments: Bridging Content Area Literacy and Disciplinary Learning for Secondary Preservice Credential Candidates, Paper accepted to American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hsieh, B. & Nguyen, H.T. (2013, November) Erasing the Shadows, Embracing the Light: Re/visioning Multicultural Education, Paper presented at Association for Multicultural Education Annual Conference, Oakland, CA.

Hsieh, B. & Nguyen, H.T. (2013, November) Regenerating the Field through Co-Teaching Partnerships: Reflections and Recommendations, presented at the Fall Conference of the California Council on Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

Hsieh, B. (2012) Moving from Tragedy to Honor: The Power of Healing through Curriculum and Relationships. Presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education 2012 Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 29-December 4.  


Current Projects

Understandings of Literacy and Teacher Identity Among Secondary Content Area Specialists: Examining the Effects of Content Area Literacy Instruction on Teacher Candidates’ Attitudes, Perceptions, Practices and Professional Identity