Viki Montera-Heckman

Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator, Organizational Development

Vicki Montera
Viki Montera-Heckman




Stevenson 3062

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Dr. Montera-Heckman began her career in Colorado as a classroom teacher.  She taught in various settings from open classroom/team teaching to self-contained classrooms.  As a new teacher, she was puzzled by the conflict in her local community over a new innovation educational curriculum. 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 the local NEA affiliate for two years.  She then went on to statewide leadership positions and has experience in collective bargaining and policy development.  She became a staff member of the Arizona Education Association and served as director of professional development and community relations.  During Dr. Montera-Heckman’s doctoral work, she was a leader in the Educational and Community Change Project-a multiyear, school reform project in five economically poor neighborhoods and schools in Tucson, AZ.  Her research focused on school reform, professional dialogue and the school/community relationship. Following her doctoral program, she served as principal of a K-8 multiage progressive public school in southern CA.  She Co-Directed the CANDEL doctoral program in partnership between UC Davis and Sonoma State. She continues her work as a consultant and faculty member with schools and districts on establishing professional learning communities, teacher dialogue, instruction and assessment issues, as well as community involvement.  

  • Ed.D. Educational Administration - University of Arizona
  • MA, Organizational Communication: Human Relations - University of N. Colorado
  • BA, Elementary Education and Communication and Journalism - University of N. Colorado
Academic Interests

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


Educational Leadership and School Management, Organizational Development, Educational Reform, Political and Policy Implications, Curricular Theory – History and Development, Learning Theory, Leadership: Diverse Populations and Communities, Civic Involvement, Reflective Educator, Alternative Assessment  

Selected Publications & Presentations
  • Heckman, Paul E. & Montera-Heckman, Viki L. (Revisions Underway).  Waking Up:  The Power of Communities and their Schools – The study of the Education and Community Change Project and Indigenous Invention (ECC).        
  • Montera, V.L. (June, 2014).  “Imagining Alternatives: The educational and political nature of assessment.” Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies, Vol.4, Number 1, pp 3-19. 
  • Montera, Viki L. (2011, April). Democratic Assessment as Advocacy.  Presentati the Second Annual Capitol Region Equity Summit, University of CA: Davis, Sch 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). Re-conceptualizing 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 
  • 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 Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 1, 2009, pp. 1328-1351. 
  • Montera, V. (2002, July).  “Leadership Program Targets Students.”  Beacon Hill and South District Journal. Seattle, WA. 
  • Heckman, Paul & Montera, Viki (2001, May). “From School Choice to Student Voice.”  In School Administrator a monthly publication of the American Associate of School Administrators, Arlington, VA. 
  • Montera, Viki L. (1997, Fall).  “Home-School Relationships: Bridging the Gap.” Community Education Research Digest a quarterly publication of the Community Education Center, Department of Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic Unive Boca Raton, FL.