Kelly Estrada Faculty Profile
Kelly Estrada


Phone: 707-664-2042

Office: Stevenson Hall 3062

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kelly Estrada

Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." Chinese Proverb.

Courses Taught

Biography Statement

Dr. Kelly Estrada is a teacher educator and educational researcher with 20 years experience working in a number of diverse educational settings, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City. Dr. Estrada holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from UCSD, as well as a Master’s Degree in Linguistic Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in Administration, Curriculum & Teaching Studies, from UCLA.

Drawing upon her preparation in the fields of linguistics, anthropology, and education, she has developed a focused, interdisciplinary approach to preparing teachers at both the elementary and secondary level. Her areas of expertise are language acquisition, literacy development and the integration of technology in instruction. Her particular aim has been to investigate and address the educational experiences of multilingual/multicultural students in the public school setting, with a particular emphasis on the academic achievement of English language learner students. In addition to being a full-time faculty member, Dr. Estrada also serves as the Project Director for the Accelerating Academic Achievement for English Learners (AAAEL) Project, a five-year professional development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The AAAEL Project focuses on improving English Learner (EL) student achievement by providing preservice and inservice teachers with sustained, collaborative professional learning experiences.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1988

Research Interests

  • Reading/Language Arts Education
  • Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
  • Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • Educational Technology
  • Teacher Professional Development

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Professor in the Curriculum Studies & Secondary Education Department at Sonoma State University
  • Faculty-In-Residence (3 years) for the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program (2009-2011)
  • PACT Assessment Coordinator (2009-2011)

Recent Scholarship and Publications

  • Estrada, K. & Grady, K. (2011). Reflective inquiry and pre-service teachers' conceptions of content area literacies. Reflective Practice 12(6), 749-762.
  • Estrada, K. (2006). Response for Chapter 8 Advocacy: "What are some key elements in advocating for ELL education programs?" In Hamayan, Else and Freeman, Rebecca (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Publishing.
  • Estrada, K. & Hamilton, R. (2006). Response to Chapter 6 Professional Development Questions: "What types of professional development have you found to be effective for your staff?" & "How can administrators support their teachers to sustain and extend the teachers' professional development regarding English language learners?" In Hamayan, Else and Freeman, Rebecca (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Publishing.