About Awilda Ramos Zagarrigo, assistant professor
Awilda E. Ramos Zagarrigo, Ph.D., has been at Buffalo State since 2008. Prior to her appointment in the Exceptional Education Department, Dr. Zagarrigo worked in the Buffalo Public School system over 20 years as a bilingual special education teacher and a teacher's aide. She continues to be involved with the Buffalo Public Schools system as a member of the Multilingual Education Advisory Council (MEAC). She is the 2012-2013 President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).
Her research interests are in the areas of bilingual education, reading improvement for English language learners with and without disabilities, and advocacy.
- PhD Special Education, Concentration in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
- M.S. Science in Education, Bilingual Certificate, SUNY Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
- B.S. Science in Education, SUNY Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
AWARDS & HONORS
- President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, 2013
- Certificate of Appreciation-Presented by Campus Life during Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award Ceremony, 2012
- Hispanics United of Buffalo for Community Service Award, 2011
- New York State Certificate of Appreciation, 2011
- EXE360: Foundations of Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
- EXE361: Field Experience in Foundations of Teaching Individuals with Disabilities
- EXE362: Behavior and Classroom Management
- EXE363: Field Experience in Behavior Management
- BXE623: Policies and Practices of Bilingual Special Education
- BXE625: Curriculum I: Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students
- BXE626: Assessment Techniques in Bilingual Special Education
- BXE627: Curriculum II: Applied Strategies in Bilingual Special Education
- BXE628: Bilingual Special Education Field Practicum
TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS & EXPERTISE
- Behavior Management
- Bilingual Special Education
- Multicultural Education
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Reading Improvement for English Language Learners With and Without Disabilities
CURRENT COLLABORATIVE SERVICE & INVOLVEMENT
- Co-Director (August 2008-present), Bilingual Special Education Program, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY.
- Committee Member (August 2010-present), Multilingual Education Advisory Committee-Buffalo Public Schools-Standing Committee of the Board, Buffalo, NY.
- Evaluations Committee Chairperson (September 2014-March 2015), New York State Association for Bilingual Education, New York, NY.
- Reviewer (February 2015), Exceptional Individuals, New York State.
- Volunteer (June 14, 2014), 2nd Annual Latino Parent Conference-Parent Fair, Rochester, NY.
- Member (May 2014-May 2015), New School Teacher Prep Program Committee, Buffalo, NY.
- Judge (May 2013, 2014),WNED PBS Go! Writers Contest, Buffalo, NY.
- Past President (September 2013-September 2014), Region VI, New York State Association for Bilingual Education, New York, NY.
- Evaluations Committee Chairperson (September 2013-March 2014), New York State Association for Bilingual Education, New York, NY.
- Committee Member (January 2013-May 2014), Buffalo Public School Strategic Writing Plan, Operations, Buffalo, NY.
- Committee member (November 2011-2013), Research and Professional Issues Committee for the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) for the Council for Exceptional Children.
- Reviewer (August 2013), Journal of Latinos and Education.
- President (September 2012-September 2013), New York State Association for Bilingual Education, New York State.
- Delegate-at-Large (September 2010-September 2014), Region 6, New York State Association for Bilingual Education, Buffalo, NY.
- Ramos Zagarrigo, A. (2015). Engaging parents of English language learners with and without disabilities in the educational process, Exceptional Individuals, 36(4), 9-13.
- Rafferty, L. A., Budin, S., & Ramos Zagarrigo, A. (2012). Using picture books for children with and at risk for reading difficulties, Focus on Inclusive Education, 9(3), 1-5.