Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate School of Education

Yer thao, PH.D.

Associate Professor

          Hi… I am a member of an oral tradition and a pioneer print culture scholar from the Mong culture.   I am the youngest child in my family.  I come from a large family of eleven people. Who came from Laos.  If you  would like to know more about me please stop by my office.  I have a long story to share with you.








                 I have been with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University for more than seven years.  I teach multicultural, cross-cultural, bilingual education and current issues in education and society. My research interests include ethnic identity, bilingual/multicultural teacher training, linguistic diversity and oral tradition.  I was a former elementary education teacher.  I had a K-8 teaching credential.  I received my B.A. degree from Humboldt State University, my M.A. degree in bilingual and multicultural education from California State University Monterey Bay, and the Ph.D. degree in education from Claremont Graduate University. 

          I enjoy working with people and  helping to make connections between oral and written traditions.  Culture is a treasured thing to us and I want it to be infused into our daily practices for teaching and learning.  We are in a society where we must trust one another.  In order to achieve that, we need to appreciate the different cultures in our community.  My publications about the Mong culture are examples to help the Mong-American and non-Mong to understand about the Mong people.


Mailing address

Graduate School of Education


Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751

Contact Information

Office 594 BA

615 SW Harrison

Phone: 503-725-8267
Fax: 503-725-3200