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Leonard Baca
Leonard Baca, EdD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Louisville, CO

lbaca@fielding.edu

Ed.D. Special Education, non-categorical with emphasis in administration. University of Northern Colorado, 1974.
M.A. Special Education with emphasis in Mental Retardation. University of New Mexico, 1971.
STB Theology, Catholic University, 1965.
M.A. Religious Education, Conception Seminary, 1964.
B.A. Philosophy, Conception Seminary, 1961.
 

Areas of Instruction:

  • Human Learning & Motivation
  • Organization Studies
  • Human Development
  • Diversity & structural inequality
 

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Staff development
  • Bilingual special education
  • The education of culturally and linguistically different students
 

Professional Memberships:

  • The National Association for Multicultural Education;
  • The Council for Exceptional Children;
  • National Association for Bilingual Education.
  • American Educational Research Association.
  • 2003-2004 Faculty Search Committee, School of Education Univ. of Colorado
  • 1998-2004 Dean’s Advisory Committee, School of Education, Univ. of Colorado
  • 1999-2001 Faculty Search Committee School of Education, University of Colorado
 

Honors and Awards:

  • Received the Martin Luther King Business Social Responsibility Award, 2007
  • Received the Denver Hispanic Chamber Outstanding Educator Award, 2007
  • Received the President’s award for excellence from the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education 2004
  • Named Honorary Chair for the NationalFiesta Educativa Conference, 2003
  • University of Colorado Chancellor’s award for Diversity 1996
  • National Association for Bilingual Education, Presidents Award 1994.
  • Recognized by the Colorado Legislature and the City of Denver for outstanding contributions to the Field of Bilingual Education, 1994
  • University of Colorado Foundation and School of Education Fundraising award 1994
  • University of Colorado, Equity and Excellence Faculty Award, 1990
  • Named honorary Chairperson of Fiesta Educativa, Los Angeles, 1987.
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, 1984
  • Honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the President of The Council for Exceptional Children, 1981..
  • Invited by California State University, LA to an Endowed Chair
 

Publications:

Books
  • Hoover, J.,Klingner, J., Baca, L. English Language Learners who struggle with reading. Corwin Press,(in press) March 2009
  • Hoover, J.,Klingner, J.,Baca, L., Patton, J. Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities, Prentice Hall, May 2008
  • Baca, L.; Cervantes, H. The Bilingual Special Education Interface. Fourth Edition, Charles Merrill Co., Columbus, Ohio, 2004
  • Baca, L.; Cervantes, H. The Bilingual Special Education Interface. Third Edition, Charles Merrill Co., Columbus, Ohio, 1998.
  • Baca, L.; Cervantes, H. The Bilingual Special Education Interface. Second Edition, Charles Merrill Co., Columbus, Ohio, 1989.
  • Baca, L.; Cervantes, H. The Bilingual Special Education Interface. Mosby Times Mirror Co., St. Louis, Missouri, pp. 1-450.
  • Baca, L.; Kalk, M. BUENO-MUSEP Bilingual Special Education Annotated Bibliography. Counterpoint Handcrafted Books, Vienna, Virginia, 1983, pp. 1-280.
Articles
  • Hoover, J, Eppolito S, Klingner, J & Baca L. (2011) Collaborative Decision making in Multicultural Contexts, in Billingsley, B Handbook of Special Education Leadership, Routledge Press
  • Hoover, J. & Baca, L. (2008) State of the States in Implementing RTI. National Association of State Directors for Special Education, Washington, DC
  • Hoover, J. Baca, L. & Smith-Davis, J. Preparing Master Teachers for Educatiing Immigrant Students with Special Needs. Language Learning and Culture. November 2007.
  • Baca, L. (2006) The Education of English Language Learners with Special Needs: The Challenge for School Psychologists, in Esquivel, G. B., Lopez, E., Nahari, S. (2006). Handbook of multicultural school psychology: An interdisciplinary perspective. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum
  • Baca, L. (2005)Teaching English Language Learners with Disabilities, in Hoover, J. (Ed) Current issues in special education: Meeting diverse needs in the twenty-first century. Bueno Center for Multicultural Education, Boulder, Colorado
Reports
  • Escamilla, K., Baca, L., Hoover, J. & Almanza de Schonewise, E. (2005). An analysis of limited English proficient student achievement on Colorado state reading, writing and math performance standards, Executive Summary Submitted to U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, Field Initiated Research Final Report.
  • Baca, L. & Escamilla, K. & Walton, P. (2001) Final Report of a Five Year Study of Teacher Education for Diverse Populations, CREDE Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz.
  • Baca, L. (2001) The Status of Hispanic Education in the Southwest, Executive Report, Hispanic Border Leadership Institute, Tempe, Arizona.
  • Baca, L. "Annual Report for the Bilingual Education Specialist Training Grant." US. Department of Education, October 1985.
  • Baca, L. "Annual Report for the Bilingual Special Education Leadership Training Grant." US. Department of Education, October 1985.
  • Baca, L. "Annual Report for the Bilingual Special Education Masters Training Grant." US. Department of Education, October 1985.
  • Baca, L. "Annual Report on the Bilingual Multifunctional Service Center Project." US. Department of Education, September 1985.
  • Baca, L. "Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Symposium on Bilingual Special Education," September 1985.
  • Baca, L. "First Year Report on the Bilingual Multifunctional Service Center Project." US. Office of Education, October 1984.
 

Presentations:

  • Baca, L. (2006) Research in Bilingual Special Education, Special Interest Group Seminar, National Association for Bilingual Education, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Baca, L. (2005) Parental involvement with bilingual children with disabilities, New York City Schools Parent Conference , NY, NY.
  • Baca, L. (2005) Distance learning in bilingual special education, NABE Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Baca, L & Fletcher, Todd, (2004) Trends in Bilingual Special Education. NCRESST Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Baca, L. (2004) Distinguishing Disability from Language Difference. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR.
 

Funded Grants/Contracts:

During the past 30 years, Dr. Baca has been awarded 291 contracts and grants totaling approximately 60 million dollars. Included among them are:

  • High School Equivalency Prog. Yr. 1 USDE $474,324
  • Special Educ Linguistically Diverse Dual Endorsement Project, (DEP); No Cost Ext.
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Yr 4 $404,619
  • Rural Special Educ. Linguistically Diverse Dual Endorsement Project, Yr 4 $199,087
  • Ft. Morgan - Career Ladder Paraprofessional Teacher Training Project, Yr. 3 $77,454
  • CU/AIMS - Career Ladder Paraprofessional Teacher Training Project, Yr. 3 $247,724
  • Secondary M.A. and ESL Endorsement Program, Yr. 3 $265,160
  • Alignment, Achievement and Acceleration Project, Yr. 3 $282,924
  • Teacher Endorsement and Evaluation Project, (TEEP) Yr. 3 $271,071
  • Metro State College, Yr. 3 $92,935
  • EAC Equity Assistance Center and Race, National Origin, Gender and Disability, Yr. 2 $677,938
  • University of Florida $120,290
  • University of Texas at Austin $226,877
  • High School Equivalency Prog. Yr. 2 USDE $469,275
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Yr. 5 $416,735
  • Rural Special Educ. Linguistically Diverse Dual Endorsement Project; No Cost Ext.
  • Ft. Morgan - Career Ladder Paraprofessional Teacher Training Project, Yr. 4 $79,779
  • CU/AIMS - Career Ladder Paraprofessional Teacher Training Project, Yr. 4 $264,702
  • Secondary M.A. and ESL Endorsement Program, Yr. 4 $267,056
  • Alignment, Achievement and Acceleration Project, Yr. 4 $257,659
  • Teacher Endorsement and Evaluation Project, (TEEP) Yr. 4 $286,246
  • Metro State College, Yr. 4 $95,642
  • EAC Equity Assistance Center and Race, National Origin, Gender and Disability, Yr. 3 $676,869
  • University of Florida Yr. 4 $123,191
  • University of Texas at Austin $240,199
  • DPS – Collaborative Strategic Reading – CO I3, Yr. 1 $673,761
  • Low Incidence and Diversity Endorsement Project, (LIDE) Yr. 1 $299,999
 

Professional Experience:

  • 1998 Visiting professor, Summer Institute on Bilingual Special Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
  • 1992 Distinguished Visiting Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • 1989-1998 Professor & Chair, Bilingual Special Education, University of Colorado, Boulder
 

Other Professional Activities:

  • Professor of Education and Director of BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, University of Colorado
  • 1970-1971 Teacher of pre-school learning disabled children, Sunset Mesa School, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1966-1970 Teacher, San Felipe Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1965-1966 Teacher, Mt. Carmel Junior High School, Socorro, NM
  • 1962-1964 Teacher, English as a Second Language, Conception, MO
  • 1960-1962 Director and Teacher, Migrant Education Program, Crookston, MN
 
 
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