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Zehra Greenleaf

Practicum Supervisor
College of Education, Curriculum and Teacher Education


Zehra F. Greenleaf has had a long career as an educator. She taught twenty-five years with the Springfield (Oregon) Public Schools, in a variety of roles including Talented and Gifted Specialist and Classroom Teacher.

She served as a teacher with the English Language Development program for the majority of her time in Springfield, during which she created several innovative programs.

These new initiatives were focused on fostering family involvement among the parents of the English Learners.

Family Bridges invited parents to read a bilingual book in their child’s classroom; the home-based Spanish Literacy iPod program supported first language development.

Family participation was a factor that contributed to outstanding student achievement among her students.

Since 2017 she has served as a supervisor with the UOTeach program for secondary level teacher candidates in English Language Arts. She works closely with aspiring educators, guiding them in their first steps in the profession.


2003    E.S.O.L. Endorsement Program
           University of Oregon

2001    Reading Endorsement Program
           Pacific University

1995    Add-on Basic Elementary Endorsement Program
           Oregon State University

1987    Master of Science (Curriculum and Instruction)
           Education of the Gifted, University of Oregon

1975    Bachelor of Arts, Art Education
           University of Oregon

Honors and Awards

SAfER- Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect - Human Rights Leadership Award 2007

ACE- A Champion in Education Award - Finalist 2017 



Family Involvement
National Migrant Education Conference - Portland, OR
Pacific University, Education Program, Pre-service teachers
University of Oregon, College of Education, Pre-service teachers


Spanish Literacy iPod project
COSA - ELD Conference - Eugene, OR
NABE- Conference- New Orleans, LA
National Center for Family Literacy Conference - Louisville, KY


University of Oregon, Diversity Teach-In (2016-2018)
“The time is always right to do right” Martin Luther King Jr and Latino Students
“Say it with Art - Storyline for ELD Students”
“Removing Barriers for Family Involvement “


United Way of Lane County
Welcoming ELD Newcomers


Professional Development Sessions, Springfield School District
Welcoming ELD Newcomers
Preparing Students for ELPA21,
Storyline Method for ELD Students
Working with the ELP Standards