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Just as teachers skilled in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices are central to the success of diverse K-12 students, faculty adept in DEI practices are key to the development of a diverse and effective pool of educators. The results of the research will determine the direction of the school of education in developing and adopting a framework of effective practices, including DEI practices. Find out more about USPREP HERE. 

View a recording of GSOE Faculty discussing US PREP :


Essential Question: How can we increase local teachers of color in our schools?

If you are interested in helping to answer this question, join our working group meetings! Meeting Schedules can be found HERE.


Diversity Now, brought to you by The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at Touro University California (TUC), is a series of informative and courageous conversations about what it means for education to live diversity in our schools today. Find our more or view past recordings HERE.


Touro University California (TUC) has partnered with Kaiser Permanente Vallejo to offer a pilot mentoring program for the local Vallejo High School. This study proposal is to thoroughly evaluate the impact of this program related to the goals of increased awareness of services and college and career pathways.

Research Agenda 


  • Assessing and Aligning Faculty Practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (US PREP Self-Study Research Focus)

  • Comparison of Direct Behavior Analytic Services Delivered In-Person and via Telehealth

  • Parent and Service Provider Perceptions of ABA Services Delivered via Telehealth

  • Social Validity Interview for Telehealth ABA Services with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

  • Equicentricity: From Awareness to Commitment, a Leader’s Journey in Leading for Equity



  • How can I develop a writing environment where students are taught strategies to produce narrative writing that is aligned with CAASPP, meeting the national common core standards.

  • Supporting Students’ Research in Middle School

  • Self-Management of Successful Completion for Steps in Task Analyses on Social Skills

  • The use of Functional Communication for Alternative Tangibles as a Replacement for Inappropriate Attention Seeking when Attention is Unavailable

  • The Effect of Behavior Skills Training on Teaching Children with Autism to Initiate and Exchange Conversations in their Daily Lives

  • A Training Module for Teachers to Identify Executive Functioning Difficulties and Develop Strategies to Build Executive Functioning Skills in Their Students

  • Strategies English Language Learners can use to become closer to grade level reading proficiency

  • A training module for expanded learning program staff for implementing culturally responsive teaching methods to middle school students.

  • What Secondary Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and their Parents/Guardians Need to Know When Transitioning from Secondary to Postsecondary Educational Institutions

  • The Impact of Student Self-Assessment on Learning and Communication in Middle School Mathematics

  • Instructing Self-Determination: A Study on how the Ability to Make Choices Impacts Behavior and Achievement for Transitional Age Students with Severe Autism.

  • How can elementary educators implement and execute a formal, in-class GATE program so students can grow beyond grade-level in ELA?

  • Language Learning Applications: An inquiry into the effectiveness of Duolingo as a supplemental Spanish language learning tool and investigation into online intermediate language learning for better proficieny.

  • Study of the Inequity of Suspension in Schools

  • English Learner Reclassification: A Study of the Inconsistencies between Standardized Test Scores and Grading

  • What are effective teaching strategies for second language vocabulary acquisition and comprehension?

  • The Use of Inquiry-Based Methods and Growth Mindset to Improve Middle-School Mathematics Proficiency and Engagement

  • The Effectiveness of Constant Time Delay for Sight Word Competency for Third-Grade Language Learners in the Spanish Dual

  • Strength Based Learning to Improve Student Engagement

  • Using Strengths Curriculum to Improve Student Engagement at a Continuation High School

  • A Teacher Training Module for Executive Functioning Assessments for Elementary Students

  • What Are the Outcomes of Peer Teaching in Math for Second Graders?

  • How do teachers internalize what they have learned during professional development and how does that knowledge impact student learning?

  • Does cross-curricular instruction using art, engineering/design, and English-Language Arts change student discourse in a first grade class of predominantly Hispanic English Language Learners in a Title I school?

  • A Comparative Study of In-Person Classrooms vs. Virtual Classrooms Use of Play-Based Learning Strategies to Increase Communication and Collaboration in First Grade.

  • Personal goal setting and fitness tracking tools: What are their impact on student performance within a hybrid-model high school physical education setting?

  • Can the Use of Academic Oral Language Strategies with English Learners in a Virtual Setting Improve Their Opportunities for Reclassification to Fluent English Learners?

  • A Comparison of Peer Feedback Strategies for the Advanced Placement English Literature Classroom

  • How can we support learning and well-being during Covid for our students with mild/moderate disabilities?

  • Can the use of digital platforms enhance the agency and engagement of middle-school Mild to Moderate Special Education students?

  • Supporting Students at a Predominantly Latinx Title I Elementary School to Grow Their Self-Agency Through Teacher Professional Development in Universal Design and Technology

  • Equity and training for Paraprofessionals teaching transition students with moderate to severe disabilities

  • How can yoga and meditation practices aid in the cultivation of executive functioning skills in the TK-2 classroom?

  • A study of the academic performance of students with learning disabilities at a high-performing middle school site.

  • Academic performance inequity for our students of color in my District.   

  • Improving Attendance and Engagement: Chronic Absenteeism ad Socio-Economic Status

  • Achievement Gap in Reading Between 4th Grade English Learner students and their peers.

  • Restorative Justice versus Suspension and their Effects on African American Students