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M.A. in Education-General Faculty

Anne Rene Elsbree

Dr. Anne Rene Elsbree teaches in the Single Subject Credential Program and Master of Arts in Education Program. She earned her doctorate in Multicultural Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught students in special education in the Grossmont Union High School District, San Diego County Court and Community Schools and Madison Metropolitan School District. Dr. Anne Rene Elsbree is dedicated to making schools socially just, where all students are valued and provided the educational services to succeed. Her work focuses on universally designed instruction with effective strategies to differentiate curriculum at the secondary level for English language learners and students with disabilities.Her research areas not only address inclusion and differentiation, but also how to disrupt homophobia in schools. Dr. Elsbree is an out lesbian. She researches and writes about how schools can avoid the perpetuation of homophobic oppression by building communities where all differences are valued and supported.

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Sinem Siyahhan

Sinem Siyahhan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education at CSUSM. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences with a minor in Inquiry Methodology from Indiana University. Before joining CSUSM, Dr. Siyahhan worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University. She is the Founding Director of Play2Connect, and initiative that aims to support family learning, communication, and connection through gaming. Dr. Siyahhan’s scholarship uses design-based research to understand the affordances of digital media technologies for human interaction, learning, and social change in the context of schools and informal learning environments (e.g. museums, libraries). She teaches the prerequisite technology course (EDUC422) for the teacher credential program, and research and technology courses in the Masters and Joint Doctoral program at CSUSM.

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Dr. Ana Hernández is Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Coordinator of the Bilingual Authorization Program, Dual Language Certificate, and Multicultural Specialist Certificate in the School of Education. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California in San Diego and CA State University San Marcos. Her research examines issues of equitable teaching practices and cross-cultural competence in dual language education. Dr. Hernández taught for 32 years in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher in grades K-8th. She is one of the founders of the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) and served as the President of the organization for four years and a board member for over 10. In addition, Dr. Hernández is a national trainer for dual language programs and involved in bilingual teacher preparation through Global Learning Networks.

E-mail: | Phone: (760) 750-8507