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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Fostering Peace: The Impact of a Nonprofit Community-Based Organization on Young Foster Youths’ Social-Emotional Development and Pre-Academic Skills, Carrie Alpert

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Situated Learning and Latino Male Gang Members at Homeboy Industries, Mauricio Arocha

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Beyond Recidivism: Learning with Formerly Incarcerated Men About Youth Incarceration, Scott Patrick Bastian

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An Examination of Catholic School Teachers’ Perceptions and Legal Understanding of Cyberbullying, Mary Beth Boyer

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Critical Hip-hop Graffiti Pedagogy in a Primary School, Wade E. Brown

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Intergroup Relations in Inclusive Classrooms: The Development and Validation of the Intergroup Relations Classroom Environment Scale (IRCES), Matthew P. Cunningham

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Online Professional Development: Implications on Self-Efficacy Levels and Classroom Instruction for Teachers in a Catholic High School, Jose Carlo De Vera

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Advocating for the Development of the Whole Child: How Public Urban Preschool Teachers Overcome the Pressure of More Academics in Their Classrooms, Grizel Lopez

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The Triage Principal: An Autoethnographic Tale of Leadership in a Catholic Turnaround School, Corena Marasco

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The Absence of Aspiration in the Era of Accountability, Mary R. Martinez

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Children are the Messengers: A Case Study of Academic Success Through the Voices of High-Achieving Low-Income Elementary Students, Stephen Howard McCray

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Relational Aggression, Middle School Girls, and the Development of Critical Consciousness, Casey Quirarte

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Defining Defiance: African-American Middle School Students’ Perspective on the Impact of Teachers’ Disciplinary Referrals, Patricia Ray

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An Analysis of Fifth-Grade Teachers’ Mathematical Inputs on Eighth-Grade Students’ Mathematical Outputs, Neeraj Raj Satyal

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Silencing the Critics: A Conceptual Framework in Teacher Preparation for Social Justice, Allison P. Schildts

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Teacher Alienation: Reconceptualizing the Educational Work Environment, Jesse Robert Soza

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Dreams Deferred: A Critical Narrative Analysis of African American Males in Pursuit of Higher Education, Martinique Starnes

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Sacred Spaces: A Narrative Analysis of the Influences of Language and Literacy Experiences on the Self-Hood and Identity of High-Achieving African American Female College Freshmen, Michelle Flowers Taylor

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Media Literacy and the Common Good: A Link to Catholic Social Teaching, Maria Rosalia Tenorio de Azevedo

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Breaking the “At Risk” Code: Deconstructing the Myth and the Label, Kara Christine Allen

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A Week in Your Shoes: The Impacts of a Visual Art Program Informed by Clinical Art Therapy With Adolescents in a School Setting, Jessica Bianchi

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Hiring Leaders in Catholic Schools, Camryn Marie Connelly

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Breaking Ground on the University Garden: Service-learning and Action Research, Bryce Collin Davis

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The New Ecology of Biliteracy in California: An Exploratory Study of the Early Implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy, Tanya Margarita DeLeon

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Instructional Experiences and Schooling Factors of Long-Term English Learners, Rafael Gaeta

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Teaching Critical Media Literacy Through Videogame Creation in Scratch Programming, Elizabeth Anne Gregg

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Catholic School Leaders’ Perceptions of Governance Models in Los Angeles Parochial Schools, Kristopher Leo Knowles

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Sweet Spirit: The Pedagogical Relevance of the Black Church for African-American Males, Brandi Odom Lucas

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Implementing Calendar Reform in a Suburban Catholic Elementary School: A Case Study, Catherine Cichocki Muzzy

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Funds of Knowledge that Support Teacher-Student Relationships: A Narrative Study of Effective Teachers, James Allan Pasto

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Disability and Power: A Charter School Case Study Investigating Grade-Level Retention of Students with Learning Disabilities, Esther Lorraine Perez

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A Place to Belong: Critical Queer Pedagogy for Social Justice in Catholic Education, Roydavid Villanueva Quinto

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Schools of Education in a New Era of Accountability: A Case Study of an Annual Report Process Used to Advance a Professional Learning Community, Manuel A. Aceves

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Listening to Student Voices: A Critical Study of Homework, Michael Bates

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Living Learning Communities: An Intervention in Keeping Women Strong in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Jennifer Belichesky-Larson

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Physics First: Impact on SAT Math Scores, Craig Earl Bouma

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Charter Schools as Leverage for Special Education Reform, Tommy Chang

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Examining the Reliability and Validity of ADEPT and CELDT: Comparing Two Assessments of Oral Language Proficiency for English Language Learners, Gina Chavez

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Teacher Understanding of Curricular and Pedagogical Decision-Making Processes at an Urban Charter School, Rodolfo Cuevas Jr.

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A Study of Teacher-Buy-In and Grading Policy Reform in a Los Angeles Archdiocesan Catholic High School, Christian Martín De Larkin II

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Engaging the Lived Realities of Adult Immigrant English Language Learners: A Case Study of Literacy for Consciousness, Todd Eckel

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Examining English Language Development among English Language Learners with Specific Learning Disability, Karla Vanessa Estrada

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The Impact of Catholic High School Education: Catholic High School Young Adult Alumnae Perception and Engagement in Social Justice Related Activities, Antony John Joseph Gaspar

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An Examination of School Harassment for Middle School Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Questioning Students, Kimberly Megan Indelicato

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Women Principals of Jewish Secular High Schools in Israel: Access and Progress, Dana Michelle Lebental

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Male Chinese Student Transitions to Life in an American Secondary Catholic Boarding School, Matthew R. Mallon

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From Inclusion for Some to Inclusion for All: A Case Study of the Inclusion Program at One Catholic Elementary School, Emily Marie Paz

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Latinas’ Access to Advanced Placement Courses: A Case Study of a Catholic Female Single-Sex High School, Jennifer Maria Pérez Aguilar

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Transformational Leadership: A Qualitative Study of Rural Elementary Schools in Fresno County, Xavier Piña

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College Knowledge: How Immigrant Latino Parents Access Information, Ana F. Ponce

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Afrocentric Pedagogy as a Transformative Educational Practice, Miranda L. Ra'oof

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A Close Look at a STEM-Themed Magnet and its Experiential Program on the Occupational Identities, Career Maturity, and Access Provided to Low Socioeconomic Minority Students, Urlette Reyes

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Perceptions Regarding the Use and Experience of Information and Communication Technology from Female Students in a Catholic Middle School, Julio Cuauhtemoc Tellez

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Tie-Dyed Realities in a Monochromatic World: Deconstructing the Effects of Racial Microaggressions on Black-White Multiracial University Students, Claire Anne Touchstone

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The Significance of National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation in Elevating Quality of Early Childhood Education: Administrators’, Teachers’, and Parents’ Beliefs about Accreditation and its Process, Kristine Vardanyan

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To Teach as Jesus Would: Inclusive Education in one Catholic Elementary School, Michelle Powell Wechsler

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“We’re Different because We’re Scholars”: A Case Study of a College Access Program in South Los Angeles, Lizette Zarate

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Stories of Persistence: Filipina/o American Undergraduate Students in a Private, Catholic, and Predominantly White University, Angelica M. Bailon

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Combining African-Centered and Critical Media Pedagogies: A 21st-Century Approach Toward Liberating the Minds of the Mis-Educated in the Digital Age, Shani Byard

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Parents’ Perceptions of Partners in Print, a Family Literacy Program, Rebecca Jane Godbey

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A Qualitative Study of Three Urban Catholic High Schools: Investigating Parent and Principal Expectations and Realizations of Parental Involvement and the Parent-School Relationship, Karen Elayne Holyk-Casey

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Linking Resource Allocation to Student Achievement: A Study of Title 1 and Title 1 Stimulus Utilization, Kati Petersen Krumpe

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Brown v. Board of Education (1954) An Analysis of Policy Implementation, Outcomes, and Unintended Consequences, Carla M. McCullough

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The Avoidance of Race: White Teachers’ Racial Identities in Alternative Teacher Education Programs and Urban Under-Resourced Schools, Kelley Marie McCann Miller

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Becoming Unionized in a Charter School: How Charter School Teachers Navigate the Culture of Choice, Elizabeth Montaño

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A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Education Speeches, Adriane Kayoko Peralta

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Building Spiritual Capital: The Effects of Kundalini Yoga on Adolescent Stress, Emotional Affect, and Resilience, Meliné Sarkissian

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Turnaround Strategies at an Underperforming Urban Elementary School: An Examination of Stakeholder Perspectives, Angela Watkins Bass

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Taken Over: The Story of the Locke High School Takeover Through a Qualitative Study of Student Voice, Joshua Michael Beardall

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Education Policy on Extra Classes: Implications for Secondary Education in Northern Ghana, Camillo Abatanie Bonsuuri

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Fighting Fire With Fire: The Use of A Multimedia WebQuest in Increasing Middle-School Students’ Understandings of Cyberbullying, Elizabeth Ann Brewer

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College Preparation in a Low-Income, Urban, Public High School: A Case Study, Catherine Marie Foote

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Revenue-Based Financial Modeling: A Sustainable Model for Medium-Size, Private, Mission-Based Schools of Education, Joseph Harbouk

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Expected and Unexpected Outcomes of a Service-Learning Program Rooted in Social Justice and Pragmatic Constructivism, Jeffrey M. Jenkins

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Literacy Achievement in Nongraded Classrooms, Anita Therese Kreide

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Resiliency of Latino High School Students: The Impact of External and Internal Factors, Diana Marie Lucero

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Preferential Options and Palimpsests: Transferring the Founders’ Catholic Charism from Vowed Religious Educators to Lay Educators, Patrick Paschal Lynch

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Rethinking Critical Consciousness: Latina Teachers, Latina Girls, and Alternative Educational Spaces, Salvador Martin

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Closing the Gap: The Effects of Alternative Certification Programs on Intern Self-Efficacy, Marianne Mitchell

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Organizational Assimilation through Heritage Language Programming: Reconciling Justice and Bilingualism, Ricardo José Pedroarias

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Youth, Social Networking, and Resistance: A Case Study on a Multidimensional Approach to Resistance, David Scozzaro

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Counter Narrating the Media’s Master Narrative: A Case Study of Victory High School, Beth Trinchero

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Effective Leadership Strategies: What Novice Catholic Elementary Principals Know, Do, And Want to Learn, Linda Rogers Wiley

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Organizing a Grassroots Math Literacy Campaign: The Launching of the Young People’s Project in Los Angeles, Michael Jacob Farber

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Portraits by African-American Male University Students: A Retrospective Study, Lauren Fissori

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“This is our life. We can’t drive home.” An Analysis of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as Perceived by Elementary Teachers, Students and Families in an Urban Charter School, Elaine Azalia McNeil-Girmai

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The Biliteracy Achievement of Latino English Learners in Two-Way Immersion Elementary Programs, Olga Grimalt Moraga

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The Catholic School Principal and Inclusive Leadership: A Quantitative Study, Jayne M. Quinn

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Factors Impacting Persistence for African-American and Latino Community College Students, Amy Radovčić

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Toward a Pedagogy of Compassion: Extracting Principles of Education from Teaching a High School Multicultural Literature Class, Carlos Roberto Valverde

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Collaborative Strategic Planning: A Mixed Methods Study of Models and Superintendents’ Perspectives, William Robert Espinosa

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Educational Technology: Leadership and Implementation, Anthony James Galla

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“If at First You Do Not Succeed:” A Study of Teacher Resiliency in Sixteen Public Urban Elementary Schools, Jinny Youn Kim

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"If you don't read, it is like you don't exist": The Transformative Power of Critical Literacy at an Alternative Charter High School, Jesse Sage Noonan

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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A Case Study of Student Leadership and Service in a Catholic Female Single-Sex High School, Jill Patricia Bickett

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Latino Middle School Students Read to Learn Critical Literacy: Social Justice through Action Research, Jennifer Grenardo

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Financial Models in Catholic Education, Richard Kruska

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A Case Study Examining the Implementation and Assessment of the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation in a Jesuit Secondary School, Daniel Joseph O'Connell

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Literacy and Ideology: A Qualitative Research Study of a Language Arts Class of Language Minority Students Using the Scripted Curriculum High Point, Elizabeth Osorio-Arzate

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Teachers and Cheating: The Relationship Between the Classroom Environment and High School Student Cheating, Colby James Boysen