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Re-Center Education, Maddalen Vallejo Arguinzoniz May 2020

Re-Center Education, Maddalen Vallejo Arguinzoniz

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My Family, Their History: Using Exploratory Inquiry & Pragmatic Methods To Learn History, Lowellen Sucgang May 2020

My Family, Their History: Using Exploratory Inquiry & Pragmatic Methods To Learn History, Lowellen Sucgang

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

History education is at a crossroads. The availability of information at our fingertips has the potential to change how the non-historian sees history and the other social sciences. This capstone researched ways the non-historian can utilize the changing face of history education by implementing the pragmatic methods of John Dewey’s education philosophy called instrumentalism. Principal issues discussed include the pros and cons of out-of-classroom history education, utilization of exploratory inquiry for research and the usefulness of primary sources for a historiography. To apply instrumentalism ideals and methods, I created a historiography about my ancestors and how their lives intertwined ...


Increasing Arabic Language Graduate Students’ Awareness Of The Impact On Culture Of The Arab Labor Immigrants, Wafa Mahdi May 2020

Increasing Arabic Language Graduate Students’ Awareness Of The Impact On Culture Of The Arab Labor Immigrants, Wafa Mahdi

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Arabic language students may learn how to write, read, and speak the language but may not understand contemporary Arab cultural aspects. One cultural aspect that Arabic language students should be aware about is the issues of labor migration in the Arabic-speaking regions. Understanding about labor migration may aid in acquiring job opportunities and in effective, culturally-appropriate communication in Arab countries. Therefore, I created a two days lesson for Arabic language graduate students at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey In Monterey, California.


The History Of Learning Disabilities And The Hidden Stories Of Students, Parents, And Teachers: How Traditional Classrooms Can Improve, Gabriella G. Catania May 2020

The History Of Learning Disabilities And The Hidden Stories Of Students, Parents, And Teachers: How Traditional Classrooms Can Improve, Gabriella G. Catania

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This research will differentiate between the various learning disabilities and their history of when they were first discovered. This research reveals how classrooms have improved and what needs to be changed in order to guarantee every student can receive an equal education despite their learning disability. This paper is constructed through research and interviews with parents, teachers, and students about why the education system needs to move against conformity and standardization. This research demonstrates each learning disability and its effect on students learning. The main focus is on what issues need to be improved in the traditional education system to ...


Increasing First Generation Hispanic Students Awareness Of Going To College, Zusett Godinez May 2020

Increasing First Generation Hispanic Students Awareness Of Going To College, Zusett Godinez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Many first- generation are interested in going to college, However they are not well informed about the resources they can use to go to college.Hispanic students do not know how to pay for college, the resources they can use to prepare for college, or what resources there are in college. As a result, some do not attend, leave without a degree, or have low academic performance. To address the lack of knowledge that first-generation, Hispanic high school students may have, I created a three- day presentation about financial aid, the importance of being involved in college, and the benefits ...


Importance Of Mental Health Awareness In Schools, Alexandra Elliott May 2020

Importance Of Mental Health Awareness In Schools, Alexandra Elliott

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

We all have different experiences and beliefs that shape our perspectives and impact our mental health. The concept of mental health exists in Western civilization but is absent in others, so it is important to be sensitive when discussing the terminology of mental health by itself. There is ample evidence of a disproportionate amount of mental health issues among people living in low-income areas due to lack of resources in these communities. In fact, mental health resources are disproportionately accessible to white, affluent individuals in Western civilization. This senior capstone research project is intended to find ways to reach new ...


Benefits Of Dual Immersion Programs On Elementary School Students, Sofia Alvarez May 2020

Benefits Of Dual Immersion Programs On Elementary School Students, Sofia Alvarez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

The U.S. has always had a rich history of diversity with people coming from all over the world, bringing with them their languages, cultures, and customs. The question over how to educate and help English language learners or minority language speakers, and native English speakers learn another language, is one which can be answered through implementing programs which have helped both groups learn a new language and attain proficiency in that language. This senior capstone examines and discusses the benefit of dual immersion programs on elementary school students through the use of literature review. The findings indicate how dual ...


Benefits Of Visual Arts On Elementary School Students, John Yatsky May 2020

Benefits Of Visual Arts On Elementary School Students, John Yatsky

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

One will most readily agree that visual arts have been set aside from the everyday instructional curriculum that teachers use at the elementary school level. Contrarily, numerous evidences suggest that visual arts have an important role in elementary schools and can significantly benefit students’ academic performance. This senior capstone research project examines the benefits of visual arts on elementary school students through the use of literature review from scholarly sources, anonymous online teacher surveys, and in-person teacher interviews. The results indeed indicate that visual arts are an important and necessary part of elementary education and that it is especially important ...


Introducing Science Education In Early Childhood, Marissa M. Arciniega May 2020

Introducing Science Education In Early Childhood, Marissa M. Arciniega

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

The increasing focus on literacy development and kindergarten readiness in preschool has created a lack of science education in early childhood education. In recent research, Head Start found that of the four academic readiness domains for preschoolers (i.e., language, literacy, math, and science), science is the lowest-performing area amongst students in their program (Bustamante, White, & Greenfield, 2018). Research is showing that declining performance in science is partly due to the lack of science education in classrooms. Lack of science is not only affecting school performance down the road, but it also limits children in receiving the benefits of early ...


Increasing Healthy Coping In At Risk Adolescents, Francisca F. Rios May 2020

Increasing Healthy Coping In At Risk Adolescents, Francisca F. Rios

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

At-risk youth lack healthy coping skills needed to manage stress. This lack of skills leaves adolescents vulnerable to more risky behaviors such as substance use. Therefore, I created a two-day lesson on healthy coping skills for adolescents at Mount Toro High School in Salinas, California.


Effects Of Block Scheduling Vs Traditional Period Scheduling On The Academic Achievement Of Middle School Students, Katelyn Olsen May 2020

Effects Of Block Scheduling Vs Traditional Period Scheduling On The Academic Achievement Of Middle School Students, Katelyn Olsen

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

The way school is structured plays a major role in the academic achievement of middle school students. Scheduling systems like block scheduling and traditional period scheduling have played major roles on how students throughout the world are making the transition from elementary school to high school. While the academic achievement of middle school students is based on a collection of things, this senior capstone research project will explore how block scheduling vs traditional period scheduling affect the academic achievement of middle school students. The purpose of this project is to see the answer to the best scheduling system for middle ...


Subtractive Bilingualism: Encouraged By English-Only In Schools, Affecting First Language, Aurora Jimenez May 2020

Subtractive Bilingualism: Encouraged By English-Only In Schools, Affecting First Language, Aurora Jimenez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

The lack of bilingual education in schools, leads children to be more socially engaged in English. This report aims to answer how it is that language develops? What role does bilingualism play in language development? How is subtractive bilingualism influenced by social interactions? This capstone project illustrates how English Language Learners (ELL) without bilingual language support might have a negative impact on their overall language development. Social interactions have a lot to do in language development and acquisition, and people grow to rely more on one language (which is known as subtractive bilingualism). This project bases its information on a ...


Rancho Cielo Value Added Program Evaluation, Yacin Cardenas Alfaro May 2020

Rancho Cielo Value Added Program Evaluation, Yacin Cardenas Alfaro

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Rancho Cielo Youth Campus is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Salinas CA. The agency serves underserved and disconnected youth that have dropped out of school, are on probation, or under truancy regulations in Monterey County. The problem this capstone addressed is that the recidivism rate for at-risk youth is too high. Rancho Cielo’s Value-added program seeks to alleviate this problem by training youth in agriculture technology as a way to connect them with careers in the sector. The capstone project consisted of a program evaluation that documented the program implementation and the creation of a program ...


Increasing Students Sucess Through Creative Learning, Betsy Sanchez May 2020

Increasing Students Sucess Through Creative Learning, Betsy Sanchez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This research used Literature Review, including peer reviewed articles, and primary research to analyze the importance of infusing creative learning in the school curriculum. Creative learning provided an education milieu that helped students reach their potential. Some researchers professed that when children are exposed to activities that include creative learning, they had a better understanding while learning about the different genres. Research indicated that teachers should familiarize themselves with how students learned in order to engage in course work. To promote a creative learning environment, teachers must receive the training required and learn about ways in which arts integration increased ...


Primary Education And The Use Of Technology, Neyfy Fernandez May 2020

Primary Education And The Use Of Technology, Neyfy Fernandez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Modern day technology has seeped into homes at an alarming rate in the past decade. Children now have access to computer programs, applications, social media and educational programs all at their reach. The classroom isn’t immune to this scenario. This senior capstone project explored whether technology is beneficial in the classroom for primary children. Literature reviews and teacher questionnaires from four Gonzales Unified School District teachers were used to answer the question. The results found that social and emotional development was the most vital aspect in the preschool level and when technology was used in the classroom strict screen ...


Importance Of Mental Health Awareness For Elementary School Students, Sarah Growitz May 2020

Importance Of Mental Health Awareness For Elementary School Students, Sarah Growitz

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

There are a variety of benefits from including school-based mental health awareness programs in elementary schools. Without proper education, students will not know what mental health is and how to seek help. Through the use of a literature review, teacher interview, and surveys, this capstone examines the importance of mental health awareness for elementary school students. Mental health can impact students' lives in such a negative way. It is extremely important for children to be aware that it is okay to struggle and learn how to properly deal with their emotions. It is also especially important for schools and educators ...


Marketing Strategies To Increase Participant Rates, Roxanna Leon Ceja May 2020

Marketing Strategies To Increase Participant Rates, Roxanna Leon Ceja

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Literacy levels are too low in Monterey County. Collaboration with the Central Coast YMCA and CHISPA Housing, the goal is to help the disadvantaged kids in grades kinder to 6th in an after-school program. The Central Coast YMCA has a mission to strengthen communities through programs that develop youth and support healthy living. CHISPA housing strengthens low-income families, by providing affordable housing. Contributing factors to the low literacy levels in Monterey County are, language barriers within families, lack of parent engagement and poverty. These can lead to higher rates of school dropouts, unemployment and increased incarceration rates. The project implemented ...


Central Coast High School Student Scholarship Fundraiser, Alex Beamer May 2020

Central Coast High School Student Scholarship Fundraiser, Alex Beamer

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Central Coast Continuation High School (CCCHS or CCHS) is designed around the philosophy of giving students in danger of not graduating a second chance at a diploma with alternative education strategies. The problem this Capstone aims to remedy is that many of these students cannot access college for a variety of reasons after graduating high school. These students are stigmatized for attending a continuation school, are in low socio-economic (SES) brackets, and lack scholarship access - these issues prevent college access. Consequences of this problem include future lack of access to higher paying jobs, loss of societal potential, and continuing the ...


Fostering Social And Emotional Learning In Early Childhood Education, Allison Cawaling May 2020

Fostering Social And Emotional Learning In Early Childhood Education, Allison Cawaling

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

In early childhood education centers, children often lack the opportunity to learn about and develop their social and emotional skills. Without strong social and emotional skills, children may demonstrate behavior problems and low academic success later in school. Therefore I have created a three-day lesson on social and emotional learning for preschool aged children at the Cabrillo College Children’s Center in Aptos, California.


Raising Awareness Of Good Oral Health To Preschool Children/ Good Oral Health; Beautiful Smiles, Areli Cruz May 2020

Raising Awareness Of Good Oral Health To Preschool Children/ Good Oral Health; Beautiful Smiles, Areli Cruz

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Children from low-income families may be less likely to receive dental care and may have dental health problems. These children may lack oral health literacy, which may contribute to their tooth decay, and affect their school performance and the quality of life. Therefore, I created a three-day lesson on how to maintain good oral health for preschoolers at the Pajaro Valley Unified School District/Child development Center-Linscott state preschool in Watsonville, California.


Importance Of Grief And Loss Support, Omar I. Cortez May 2020

Importance Of Grief And Loss Support, Omar I. Cortez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

The capstone was implemented at the Safety Nest, a wellness center that provides socio-emotional and mental health services to all students within Everett Alvarez High School through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports multi-tiered system. The school serves 2,664 students; 90.2% of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, and it is part of the Salinas Union High School District. The social problem addressed by the project is that “There are too many high school students in California experiencing emotional distress, which can result in academic failure, substance use, or suicide”. The project consisted of collaborating with the NEST’s Behavioral Intervention ...


Benefits Of The Waldorf Educational Model On Students' Academic Success, Tyler J. Curry May 2020

Benefits Of The Waldorf Educational Model On Students' Academic Success, Tyler J. Curry

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

As traditionally ran public schools have focused more on testing in the past few decades, alternative methods of education have been rising in relevance. One model of alternative education, the Waldorf method, has an emphasis on developmental stages and the arts in a way that has been shown to increase test scores and reduce behavioral problems in their students. This capstone project examines the academic benefits of the Waldorf model of education and whether their curriculum is equitable for all students in one of the schools in the Monterey Bay area.


Consequences Of Student Mental Health Issues In Schools, Karla Roque-Franco May 2020

Consequences Of Student Mental Health Issues In Schools, Karla Roque-Franco

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

As time goes by, students with mental health issues are on the rise. Students who have mental health issues face a variety of different consequences. The consequences vary from mild to severe, and that suicide being the most severe consequence. Students suffer from depression, anxiety, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are only some of the few of the mental health issues that students face. As a common long-term consequence, these three different mental health issues may result in suicide when they do not receive the proper care. Schools and teachers could work together to bring awareness to mental health issues. Incorporating ...


Benefits For Integrating Physical Activity Into The Classroom, Danielle Rodriguez May 2020

Benefits For Integrating Physical Activity Into The Classroom, Danielle Rodriguez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Engaging in physical activity is essential to one’s well-being, especially for a child since their body is still in the developing stages. This senior capstone research project examines the benefits of integrating physical activity in the classroom. Since there is less emphasis on being physically active, the value of physical activity decreases over time. For the time being, since sedentary lifestyles have been promoted, this put many children at a disadvantage. Not only do these lifestyles change in children’s lives, they also affect their academic performance as well. The results indicate that when students are encouraged to be ...


Teachers Collaboration With Gear Up Extra College Readiness Resource For Students, Brenda Monroy May 2020

Teachers Collaboration With Gear Up Extra College Readiness Resource For Students, Brenda Monroy

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This capstone project was implemented for the Gear Up and college preparedness program located at the local Seaside High School. Gear Up serves 10th grade students at seaside high school. Most of the students served come from low-income families, from minority groups and are considered first generation college students. The problem addressed by the capstone is that too many Seaside High students are not applying for Community College, CSUs and UC’s. The project consisted of collaborating with Seaside High staff including teachers, administration and counselors to include college preparedness instruction as part of the existing curriculum to increase the ...


Resources And Services For Parents With Children With Disabilities, Dora A. Trueba Plascencia May 2020

Resources And Services For Parents With Children With Disabilities, Dora A. Trueba Plascencia

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Resources and Services for Latino parents with children with disabilities. How to know children's rights, what accommodation children with disabilities are in title to receive, agencies, and laws that parents need to know to advocate for the benefit of their children with disabilities.


Fostering Science In A Preschool Setting, Patricia Ramirez May 2020

Fostering Science In A Preschool Setting, Patricia Ramirez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Foresting science curriculum for children of preschool age. Three day activity of plant life activities and discussion.


Introducing Nutrition Education To Preschoolers, Maythe Manriquez May 2020

Introducing Nutrition Education To Preschoolers, Maythe Manriquez

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This paper is about the importance of including nutrition education in preschool curriculum. It includes my process of creating and implementing a 3-day nutrition curriculum and how it impacted the children that took place in the program. This paper also goes over important influences on the development of children's eating habits.


Benefits Of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program In Elementary School Students, Araceli Villegas May 2020

Benefits Of Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program In Elementary School Students, Araceli Villegas

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Many students that go into their first year in school tend to speak their language other than English, mostly Spanish in this case, may fall behind due to not being able to understand the material in another language that they have never heard before. Given this situation, the two-way bilingual immersion programs can benefit these elementary students and go above and beyond to meet the standards they have to meet in every elementary school year. This senior capstone research project examines the benefits of the two-way bilingual immersion programs provided to elementary school students. The results reveal that two-way bilingual ...


Assessing Effectiveness Of The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Safety Procedures Education, Ernesto Verduzco May 2020

Assessing Effectiveness Of The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Safety Procedures Education, Ernesto Verduzco

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Safe Ag Safe Schools (SASS) is a local pesticide reform organization with members at the state and local levels aiming towards sustainable agricultural practices. SASS focuses on serving agriculturally working families and community members who reside near agricultural areas. The problem addressed by the capstone is that too many marginalized, low-income communities are facing environmental injustices produced by large corporation’s methods of generating revenue. These injustices include high risk of pesticide exposure due to inadequate training and access to equipment. The project focused on assessing farm workers’ knowledge regarding pesticide safety and decontamination procedures. The Office of the Monterey ...