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Capstones/Theses from 2017

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Get them Moving: Increasing Physical Activity in the Classroom, Elizabeth G. Balcom

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Reclaiming Childhood: Effects of Homework on Elementary Students, Alyssa Bomarito

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250 Words of I don't Understand: Reading Struggles for Freshmen College Students, Alicia Bushey

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It is a Win-Win for Both: Cross-Age Peer Tutoring, Lisa Cardenas

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PBIS: Moving Beyond a Focus on Behavior to Relationships, Sylvia Chavez

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Play it Forward: Cooperative Learning & Structured Play During Recess, Tyler Elwin and Mary Rossi

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Building a Bridge: Challenging the Negative Perceptions of School Resource Officers, Angel Estrada

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Get Out: Preparing Families for Emergencies, Megan Fletcher

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Supporting English Language Learners: Building Rapport by Using Native Language, Andrea Flores

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Climate Change: Why Is a Positive School Climate Imperative To Learning?, Lindsay C. Frias

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PBIS: Moving Beyond a Focus on Behavior to Relationships, Flor Gomez

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Strengthening the Teacher Toolkit: Effective Autism Inclusion Methods, Roxanne Guel

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A Forgotten Demographic: Low-Income First-Generation College Students, Ryan Joseph-Lee Haynes

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Integrating Ethnic Studies in Social Studies Curriculum, Alyssa Denise Hernández

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English Only? Enrichment of English Language Learner Education, Laura R. Hinton

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Let’s Talk: Increasing Communication in the Dual-Immersion Setting, Iliana Izquierdo

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Play it Forward: The Importance of Cooperative Learning & Structured Play During Recess with a Focus in Special Education, Juan Lopez

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It Pays to Behave: Investigating Effective Classroom Management, Rei Massie

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Slipping Through the Cracks: A look into special education referrals, Courtney Musselman

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Blooming Relationships: Increasing Communication Between Parents and Teachers, Jasmine Negrete

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What Makes that Autistic Student Tick? Strategies for Classroom Behaviors, Amanda Puleo

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Play it Forward: Cooperative Learning and Structured Play, Mary Rossi and Tyler Elwin

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Not so “free”: Increasing elementary children’s free time, Annie Santos

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Sit With US: Benefits of Inclusion, Spencer Smith

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Let's Talk: Increasing Communication With Dual- Immersion Parents, Carmina Tirado

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Bridging the Literacy Gap: A Critique of Computer-Based Instruction, Savannah Lee Trudeau

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Sit With Us: Benefits of Inclusion, Anali Vargas-Sanchez and Spencer Smith

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Si Se Puede: Increasing Latino Parent Involvement and Student Academic Achievement, Jeanette Zavala

Capstones/Theses from 2016

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Bringing Curriculum Outdoors: Implementing Gardening Outdoors, Nicole Aboujaoude

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Learning from Frida Kahlo—Artista, Feminista, Latina: Examining the Self through a Culturally Relevant Art Curriculum, Sulema Aguirre

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Effects of Classroom Relationships Between Students and Teachers on Emotional Development of Elementary School Students, Hannah R. Allen

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The Benefits of Outdoor Education Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Nature Deficit Disorder, Madison L. Allen

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Classroom Community: Creating a Respectful and Accepting Learning Environment to Inspire Student Participation and Achievement, Dana Angelo and Margarita Tapia-Soto

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Fit for School, Erika Rose Bertelsen

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Self-Expression Through Dance in Early Elementary School, Emily Blythe

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Goal-Setting and Healthy Choices, Shannon Boulger

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Benefits of Incorporating Health and Wellness Education into the Fifth Grade Curriculum, Allison Brown

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Ladies in Leadership, Christina Cawaling

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Arts Integration: The Missing Link, Samuel G. Cochran

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Using Assistive Technology to Improve Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Special Education Students, Salvador Coronado

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Using Minecraft to Integrate Common Core Activities across Elementary School Curriculum, William A J Couling

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Elementary Teaching Strategies for LGBTQ Inclusion, Nicole E. Cox

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Supporting the Education of Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Monterey County, Samantha H. Engel-Ruck

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Bringing Curriculum Outdoors: Implementing Gardening in Schools, Stephanie Q. Escalera

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Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation for Young Adults with Special Needs, Summer L. Esseff

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How Two-Way Immersion Programs Close the Achievement Gap, Bethany Finneran

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ADHD in the Classroom: Promoting Teacher Knowledge and Successful Intervention Strategies, Lauryn Michele Fouser

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Benefits of Counseling Services for Elementary School Students, Sarah D. Fuentes

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The Importance of Art in Elementary Education, Heather Gattis

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Introducing Financial Literacy at the Elementary Level, Shelby Gertz

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Unraveling Math Anxiety, Melissa Giorgio

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Inclusion of Nutrition in Elementary Education, Marina Grimaldo

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Gaining Equality In Elementary Schools Through Integration of Technology, Mallery Helmuth

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It Takes a Community to Teach a Child: Teachers Success with Helpers, Catherine Hickinbotham and Demi Varni

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Parental Involvement Within Common Core, Catherine Hoyt

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Implementing Physical Activity Inside the Classroom, Janet Jacuinde

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Implementing A Preschool Literacy Curriculum, Darienne Keller-Vallo

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Importance of Supporting the Unique Needs of Military Children in the Monterey Bay Area, Emilie Knudson

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Benefits of Promoting College Awareness for Low Income Middle and High School Students, Jenna N. Kroboth

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Seeing Special Needs Education Through the Eyes of Girls Like Us, Hailey Leighton

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Improving Sex Education:How Can Teachers Better Serve Their Students?, Courtney R. McCrary and Ryan Okerson

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The Role of Principals in Creating a Healthy Environment for Teachers and Students, Mirel T. Mejia

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Navigating College: First Generation Latinas in Higher Education, Miriam Mendoza

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Addressing the Impact of Deportation on Citizen Children and their Undocumented Parents, Ismael Mondragon

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Effects of Obesity in Elementary School Children after No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Victoria L. Moore

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College Awareness for Spanish Speaking Parents, Mariela G. Morales

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Benefits of Art Therapy in Special Education, Paige Myers

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Bringing Sor Juana to Life: Creating a Community-Based Acto to Speak Feminism Into the Educational Dreams of Latinas, Raymundo Navarro

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Light Up the Darkness: Using Disability Awareness to Achieve Goals, Coleman Newell

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Learned Helplessness and its Connection to Recidivism, Martin Nguyen

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Ways to End Bullying in Elementary School: Psychological and Emotional effects on Students, Danielle Nickols

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Bullying and Development, Caitlin O'Hare

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Benefits of Implementing Journaling Activities in Physical Education at the Elementary School Level, Ivy Ottmar

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Improving Literacy of Elementary Students, Naomi Pardo

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Preparing Young Adults for a Career In Teaching: The Role of a Guidance Counselor, Rene Pardo

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Bullying in Elementary Schools, Tracy Perez-Guzman

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SPARK! A Creative Critical Thinking After School Program, Britney L. Picotte and LisaMarie Quintana

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Bringing College Awareness to Migrant Parents, Adriana Pimentel and Maria Pimentel

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Accommodating Students Different Learning Styles with the Use of Technology, Jaime Prieto

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Mentoring At Risk Students Outside of School To Meet the Mark, Tiffany Ray

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Importance of Accommodating Elementary School Students with Learning Disabilities, Angelica R. Rivera

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Implementing arts-integrated lessons through auto-ethnography to improve teacher collaboration, Richard M. Romero Jr

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Professional Development on Bullying and Impacts on Social and Emotional Growth of Elementary School Students, Nicolas M. Salgado

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Supporting English Language Learners in Afterschool Programs, Rebecca Sanchez

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Exploring Chicana Identity Through Mascaras (Masks) as a Healing Process, Esther Santiago-Sanchez

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Benefits of Migrant Education Program, Cecilia Serrano

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Increasing Consumption and Decreasing Food Waste in the National School Lunch Program, Stephanie Sturgis

Capstones/Theses from 2015

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Using Themes Such as Motorsports as an Avenue to Incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Into Classrooms, Tyler Agan

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Fostering Self-Efficacy in the Classroom, Savannah Allen

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Changing the Arts from the Stepchild to Adopted Child, Taylor Aubrey

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I'm Going to College!, Lyliana Avila

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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into the Elementary Classroom, Jo Angelina S. Bennett

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Implementation of Physical Education in Underfunded Schools, Cannon Bernarding

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Transitional Kindergarten Awareness, Danielle Caltabiano

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Integrating Gardening as a Tool to Teach the Concept of Sustainability to Elementary School Students, Hannah Cobb and Madisen Hasenauer

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Benefits of Teaching the Thematic Unit on Elementary School Students, Rachel E. Cookus

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Accessibility of After School Programs in Elementary Schools, Emily Dill

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Our Four Walls, Kayla Grace Eller

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Emotionally Safe Classrooms, Jennifer L. Esswein

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Incorporating Music and Arts to Enhancing the Learning Experience of Elementary School Students, Ashley Fernandez