Our collaboration with TLC Charter School has generated novel research into ways that technology can foster an inclusive environment for culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities.
TLC Public Charter School was founded by School of Education alumna Jessica Tunney (Ph.D. ’16) as a model of inclusive education, community impact, and instructional innovation for equity. TLC is unlike any other school in Orange County, with diverse-by-design classrooms that bring together culturally and linguistically diverse students, gifted students, students who develop typically, and students with disabilities in a learning environment built for interest-based learning, the arts, and socio-emotional growth and care. As a learning organization, the school is structured for TLC staff to regularly collaborate, co-plan, and develop the collective expertise needed to meet new and future challenges of educating students in an increasingly complex and connected world.
The OCEAN partnership between the UCI School of Education and TLC Public Charter School began in 2019. The first collaborative research project generated research into ways that technology can foster an inclusive environment for culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities.
The research from the OCEAN partnership is being shared nationwide; three different papers will be presented at the upcoming American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, and a book authored by Prado and Warschauer detailing the research is forthcoming from MIT Press.