Viki Montera Faculty Profile
Viki Montera


Phone: 707-664-3255

Office: Stevenson Hall 3062

Office Hours: By appointment only

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Viki L. Montera

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education

"Democracy is as much a theory of learning as it is a political theory." Carl Glickman and Derrick Aldridge.

Courses Taught


Dr. Montera began her career in Colorado as a classroom teacher. She taught in various settings from open classroom/team teaching to self-contained classroom. As a new teacher, she was puzzled by the conflict in her local community over a new innovative educational program. Thus, she began and completed her MA in Communication with an emphasis on organizational development, interpersonal communication and conflict management. She was elected and served as President of her local NEA teachers' union for two years. She has experience in collective bargaining and policy development. She became a staff member of the Arizona Education Association in 1989, serving as director of professional and instructional development and public relations. Continuing her interest and commitment to school reform, professional and community involvement, Dr. Montera began her doctoral work and coordinated the work of the Education and Community Change Project-a multi-year, school reform project in five economically poor neighborhoods and schools in Tucson, Arizona. Her research focused on school reform, professional dialogue and the school and community relationship. Following her doctoral program, Dr. Montera served as principal of a K-8, multiage progressive school southern CA. She continues to work as an educational consultant with schools and districts on professional learning communities, teacher dialogue, curriculum, instruction and assessment issues, as well as community involvement.


  • EdD, Educational Administration with emphasis in School Reform and Teaching and Teacher Education - University of Arizona
  • MA, Organizational Communication: Human Relations, University of N. Colorado
  • BA, Elementary Education and Communication/Journalism - University of N. Colorado

Research Interests

  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Educational Reform
  • Professional Development/Learning Communities
  • Curriculum and Learning Theory
  • School - Community Relationships
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Parent Involvement
  • Democratic Schooling
  • Educational Politics and Policy

Recent Scholarship and Publications

  • Heckman, Paul E. & Montera, Viki L. (2009, May) "School Reform: The Flat Worm in a Flat World - From Entropy to Renewal through Indigenous Invention." Teachers College Record, New York: Teachers College: Volume 111 Number 1, 2009, pp. 1328-1351.
  • Heckman, Paul & Montera, Viki (2001, May). "From School Choice to Student Voice." In School Administrator a monthly publication of the American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
  • Montera, Viki L. (1997, Fall). "Home-School Relationships: Bridging the Gap." In Community Education Research Digest a quarterly publication of the Community Education Center, Department of Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Heckman, Paul & Montera, Viki (2001, May). “From School Choice to Student Voice.”In School Administrator a monthly publication of the American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA
  • Montera, Viki L. (2011, April). Democratic Assessment as Advocacy. Presentation at the Second Annual Capitol Region Equity Summit, University of CA: Davis, School of Education, Davis, CA.
  • Montera, Viki L. (2011, March). Assessment as Learning and Advocacy. Paper presented at the Annual Spring Conference of CA Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA), Sacramento, CA.
  • Montera, Viki L. (2010, April). Reconceptualizing the Gap: Community and the Curriculum. Paper presented at The 15th International Roundtable on School, Family, and community Partnerships, Denver, CO, U.S.A.
  • Montera, Viki L. (2009, December). Rethinking the Gap. Paper presented at The 6th International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A