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Trini Lewis

Coordinator, Dual Language Development Master’s Program

Professor Trini Lewis received her doctorate from Boston University with a specialization in literacy and language development. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a California teaching credential from UCLA. She is a tenured associate professor in the Teacher Education Department. 

Professor Lewis teaches literacy courses in the elementary and secondary school credential programs.  She has extensive public school experience working  in bilingual and gifted and talented settings, and as a reading specialist in elementary and middle school settings in Los Angeles, California; San Antonio, Texas; New Bedford and Brockton, Massachusetts.  

Additionally, Professor Lewis coordinates and teaches in the Master of Arts in Education degree program with an option in Dual Language Development (DLD). She enjoys mentoring graduate students and supporting their development. Prior to her postion at CSULB, Professor Lewis taught at Dean College and Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Professor Lewis was a co-principal investigator of a FIPSE grant award in the amount of $300,000.00 from the United States Department of Education/Office of Post-secondary Education. The grant funded a successful project at CSULB to develop exemplary instructional specialists serving culturally and linguistically diverse student populations in urban secondary school settings. 

Research Interests

  • Professional Dispositions 
  • Professional Development
  • The Role of Research in the Advanced Preparation of Inservice Teachers  
  • Parental Involvement

Representative Publications

Masunaga, H., & Lewis, T. (2011). Self-perceived dispositions that predict challenges during student teaching:  A data mining analysis.  Issues in Teacher Education, 20(1).  San Francisco, CA: Caddo Gap Press.

Lewis, T., & Ramos, E. (2009). Parental involvement in urban children's schooling. In Coppola, J. and Primas, E. (Eds.), One classroom, many learners: Best literacy practices for today's multilingual classrooms (pp.207-226). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Recent Conference Presentations

Differentiating Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary, Middle, or High School Classrooms, Califonria Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)  San Francisco, CA March 25, 2016.

Invited Presentations:

CSULB College of Education Graduate Cultural Initiatiave, Professional Development Institute-Session II, Advanced Academic Writing and Research Skills, Genres of Writing:  Opinion, Practitioner, Policy and Research Studies, Spring 2016.

Campus Leadership

  • Coordinator, Master of Arts in Education Program, Option in Dual Language Development
  • Chair, Grade Appeals Committee, Teacher Education Dept.
  • Chair, Evaluation of Lecturers,Teacher Education Dept.
  • Faculty Council, College of Education
  • Assessment Committee, College of Education
  • Graduate Coordinators Committee

Recent Service to the Profession

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Associate Professors Council, Journal of Global Education & Research

Current Projects

BUENAS Grant Project 

Faculty contributor with co-PIs to create integrated bilingual teacher eduation program with BA and multiple subject credential & bilingual authorization.  Awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Education, $250,000,00.