Senior Capstone Project

During their senior year, Education Studies Scholars complete a year-long capstone project which enables them to conduct in-depth original research or develop an educational innovation. This is an opportunity for scholars to take what they have learned from the program, and decide how they want to make a contribution in the broader education field.

Scholar projects have included original quantitative and qualitative research, policy proposals for community organizations, children’s books and young adult novels, musicals co-written with New Haven high school students, photo essays, short films and more.  As Scholars prepare to graduate, they present at the Capstone Colloquium to fellow Scholars, faculty, mentors, community members, family and friends.  

 

Social Context of Education

Abigail Cobb (2016), “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance”

Erin Cofrancesco (2016), “How to Get to Sesame Street: The Origins and Impact of Children’s Educational Television”

Marisol Dahl, Sociology (2015), “Early Literacy and the Publishing Industry”

Maia Hirschler (2017), “ ‘Like School, but Better” ’: Summer Camps as Educational Space”

Corinne Kentor (2016), “Using Your Outside Voice: A Case Study Exploring the Politics of Bilingual School Leadership in Southern New Mexico”

Molly Lynch (2017), “ ‘I Realized I Could Change My Family’: Why We Should and How We Can Better Support Low- Income High Achievers As They Apply and Transition to High School”  

Anabelle Marty (2016)“College Ready Scholars or “Repeat Offenders?”: Perspectives of Black Educators’ on No Excuses Charter Disciplinary Practices”

Lucas Riccardi (2017), “Attitudes Towards School Choice of Parents of LGBTQ Students”

Israel Tovar, “Critical Race Education: Ethnic Studies as a Payment to the National Education Debt” 

Educational Policy & Politics

Katherine Bradley, “An Economic Analysis of the Charter School Market”

Amalia Halikias, Political Science (2015), “The Unexpected, Adverse Effects of Race-Based Affirmative Action Policy in College Admissions”       

Shane Kim, “The Financial Crisis and Education Outcomes”

Joshua Mandell (2016)“Budgeting for Conflict: Politics and Education Spending in New Haven”

Billy Moran, Psychology and Political Science (2015), “Federal Student Aid: Developing a 5 Year Strategy Plan”

Kelsey Miller (2016), “When Reform Hits Roadblocks: Lessons from the Implementation of No Child Left Behind for English Language Learners”

Linh Nguyen, Political Science (2015), ”The Influence of Private Funds in Education Reform”

Sophie Paci (2016), “Outside the Walls: Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor-Based Learning for Children’s Development”

Ezra Ritchin (2015), Ethics,Politics& Economics, “Community Policing and Youth: Programs directed at Adolescents”

Diana Rosen (2016), “Elm City Montessori: A Public Montessori Option for New Haven”

Micah Sukol (2015), Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Major, “Citizenship and Education in Arizona’s American Civics Act”

Cindy Xue (2017) in collaboration with All our Kin, “Caring 24/7: The Paradox of Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Care (In)access in the Post-Welfare Reform Era”

Cathy Zhu (2017), “Evaluation of the Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program (JZAMP)”

Teaching & Teacher Education

Tanner Allread (2016), “The Current and Future Teacher Shortage: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Policy for Oklahoma’s Rural Schools”

Jasper Tyan (2017), “TFA or Wall Street? A Case Study on Recruiting Non-Conventional Teaching Candidates at Ivy League Universities” 

Lynnli Wang (2016)Those Who Can, Teach: A Study of Prize-Winning Yale Faculty

Proposal for an Education Innovation

Nathaly Basto Camargo (2017), ​“Proposing an Intergenerational Interaction Space”

Gabrielle Fong (2016), “Warrior-Scholars at Yale: the process of seeking Yale credit for a Naval Science course”

Daniel Rubins (2016), “ ‘The Central Nervous System of Their Character’: Teaching Extramusical Skills Through Choral Singing”

Gavin Schiffres (2015), Ethics,Politics & Economics, “Student-Led Education: A New Public School Model” 
 

Curriculum Design & Curriculum Analysis

Kelsey Annu-Essuman (2016), “Hope Village Human Rights Curriculum”

Laura Brink, Electrical Engineering (2015), “5th Grade Technology Curriculum”

Avery Jones, English (2015), “8th Grade English Curriculum”                                                          

Mollie Korewa (2016), “Teaching Anti-Racism to Upper Elementary School Students”

Dominic Lounds, Art (2015),  “ ‘My Stinky Little Brother Doesn’t Like to Read’: A Venture in Children’s Literature” 

Reilly Foote, Psychology (2015), “Physical Education in Elementary Education”

Daniel Rietze (2016), “’Oliver Button is a Sissy’: Integrating LGBTQ Literature into the Middle School English Language Arts Curriculum”

Liza Rodler (2017), “Sex Education in New Haven: Putting the City in the Context of a Century-Long Debate” 

Higher Education

Ryan Campbell (2016), “Educational Adaptation: Yale-NUS College and the Legacy of a Liberal Arts Education”

Jessica Liang (2017), “American Sign Language: Why It Has Become a Fallback Foreign Language Credit”

Molly Michaels, Psychology (2015), “Surveying Anxiety and Depression at Yale”

Kate O’Brien (2017), “Yale Athletes in the New Haven Community: Learning from the Past in Building to the Future”

Travis Reginal (2016)“To Become a Bridge and Not Break: An Autoethnographic Portait of a First-Gen College Student at Yale”

Creative Project

Victoria Campbell, “Write like a Ninja: My Foray Into Creating a Young Adult Novel” (creative writing)

Emma Hathaway (2017), “ ‘The Things We Fight For’: Insider Reflections on the Next Great High School Musical” (music)

Liliana Santos (2017), “Bodies in a Classroom Space” (photography)

Fortney Stark (2017), “ ‘Caitlin’s Big Idea’: Creating A New Social-Emotional Learning Video Series for Preschoolers” (film)

Abdul-Razak Zachariah (2017), “ ‘Their Own Set of Wings’: Themes of Representation in Multicultural Children’s Literature” (creative writing)

 

Education Theses by other Yale Seniors

Julia Butts, Sociology, 2017, “Probing the Pattern of Asian American Underrepresentation in Special Education: Educator Perceptions of Students and Parents”

Laura Londoño Pardo, Political Science, 2017, “Education as a Fundamental Right: Exploring the Need For a Constitutional Protection for Children in the United States”

Layla Treuhaft-Ali, History, 2017, “ ‘The Rich Implications of Everyday Things’: The Jeanes Teachers and Jim Crow, 1908–1968”