Trini Lewis

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 position at CSULB, Professor Lewis taught at Dean College and Tufts University in Massachusetts.



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

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.

Teachers' Perceptions of the Role of Research for Improcving Teaching in Culturally and  Linguistically Diverse Settings, Global Conference on Education and Research (GLOCER), Las Vegas, Nevada, April 19, 2018.

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.

  • Coordinator, Master of Arts in Education Program, Option in Dual Language Development, 2009-Present
  • College of Education Council Representative, CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing, 2018-Present
  • Chair, Interim Associate Dean's Search Committee, 2018
  • Chair, Grade Appeals Committee, Teacher Education Dept., 2015-2017
  • Chair, Evaluation of Lecturers,Teacher Education Dept. 2016-2018
  • Chair, University Library Committee, 2014-2016
  • Single Subject Faculty Search Committee, 2018-2019
  • Co-Chair Faculty Council, College of Education, 2017-2018
  • Faculty Council, 2016-Present
  • Assessment Committee, College of Education, 2016-2018
  • Graduate Coordinators Committee, 2009-Present
  • College of Education Planning Committee, 2018

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Associate Professors Council, Journal of Global Education & Research, 2016-2018
Editorial Advisory Board, Associate Editor, Journal of Mathematics Education, 2017-Present

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.