Anaida Colón-Muñiz is currently an associate professor at Chapman University, Orange. For the last 18 years, she has served in various roles in the Attallah College of Educational Studies. She is currently Director of Community Education at a community based education center run by the Attallah College of Educational Studies in Downtown Santa Ana, California. She coordinated the Multiple Subject and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs for 14 years and still teaches in these programs. She also serves on the faculty and doctoral committees for the Culture and Curriculum Studies doctoral program.
Dr. Colón-Muñiz received a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a Master of Science from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She became a bilingual teacher and teacher trainer for the New York City School District before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1982, she became a faculty member for California State University, Fullerton, and later worked at San Diego State University Foundations. She returned to the public schools, serving as program administrator for bilingual education, foreign languages, English language development and curriculum for three urban school districts in California, Rowland, Orange and Santa Ana, before returning to higher education at Chapman University.
Her research and broad interests include bilingual education, transfer and maintenance of heritage languages and English language development. She also focuses her work on language policy in education here and abroad, and the language and culture of Puerto Rico. In addition, she continues to pursue issues of civil rights in education, literacy, and biliteracy affecting Latino youth.
Dr. Colon-Muniz dedicates her life’s work to the improvement of educational opportunities for language diverse and poor children, with a special emphasis in on the role of teachers and teacher educators. She has served as National President for the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and is currently the SoCal Chapter President. She also served as the State President for the California Association for Bilingual Education. She is currently on the Education Committee of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and is a Fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership: Education Policy Fellowship Program. She also served as a key consultant in the development of El Sol Science and Arts Academy Charter in Santa Ana, California, an award-winning public charter school.
Dr. Colon-Muniz began her 40 year career as an Elementary Bilingual Teacher and later as a Bilingual Teacher Educator for a federally funded Trilingual Education Professional Development Grant in The City School District of New York. She worked for two State Departments of Education: New York and Massachusetts, and for Holyoke School District as a Bilingual Resource Teacher in Massachusetts. In California, she prepared teachers, administrators and parents as a Consultant for the federal Title VII Multifunctional Resource Center at San Diego State University and Cal State University, Fullerton, where she also served as faculty. She also served as bilingual administrator for three Southern California Districts including Rowland Heights, Orange Unified and Santa Ana Unified, developing bilingual programs of excellence, providing state of the art professional development, attaining millions in grants, monitoring program quality, and ensuring that students, teachers, administrators, and parents were supported.
Colón-Muñiz, A. & Lavadenz, M. (Eds.). (2016) Latino Civil Rights in Education: LA LUCHA SIGUE. New York and London: Routledge.
Wilson, T., Park, P. & Colón-Muñiz, A. (Eds.). (2010). Memories of Paulo. Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
García-Martín, M.J., Fuentes, M., & Colón-Muñiz, A., A. (2015). California Structured English Immersion: A Failing State of Affairs? Proposing a Comprehensive Educational Model to Improve Structured English Immersion Programs. Journal of Education & Social Policy. 2 (2), 10-22. ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) Retrieved from http://www.jespnet.com/journal/index/2169
Howard, K. E., Curwen, M. S., Howard, N. R., & Colón-Muñiz, A., A. (2014). Attitudes toward using social networking sites in educational settings with underperforming Latino youth: A mixed methods study. Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0042085914537000
Curwen, M. S., & Colón-Muñiz, A. (July 2013). Educators challenging poverty and Latino low achievement by extending and enriching the school day. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 9, 65-77.
Colón-Muñiz, A. & Valenzuela, N. (2012) Developmental Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion as an EEO: Educational Enrichment Opportunity for in The Hope for Audacity: Public Identity and Equity Action in Education Monzo, L. and Merz, A. Eds. New York: Peter Lang
Colón-Muñiz, A., SooHoo, S. & Brignoni, E. (2010). Language, Culture and Dissonance: A Travel Course for Future Teachers with Possibilities for Catalytic Transformation. Teaching Education Australia: Routledge
Colón-Muñiz, A. Brady, J., & SooHoo, S. (2010) What Do Chapman University Graduates Say About Their Preparation and Use of Multicultural Education Practices? Issues in Teacher Education. California: Caddo Gap Press
Colón-Muñiz, A. (2008) Dear Paulo. In Nieto, S. (Ed.), Dear Paulo: Letters from those who dare teach: Series in critical narrative. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers
Howard, K. E., Curwen, M. S., & Colón-Muñiz, A., A. (2013). Evaluation of Anaheim High School Independent Learning Center Year One Data Report: 2011-2012. Orange, CA: Chapman University, College of Educational Studies
Curwen, M., Colón-Muñiz, A., & Gonzalez, N. (2011, January). Year 1 Progress Report 2011 El Sol Extended Day Program. Prepared for Union Bank of California.
Curwen, M., & Colón-Muñiz, A. (2011, January). Mid-Year Progress Report 2010 El Sol Extended Day Program. Prepared for: Union Bank of California.
Colón-Muñiz, A., A; Darder, A.; Martinez-Roldan, C.M.; Rosario-Ramos, E.M.; Torres-Guzman, M.T; Quinones, & Nieto, S. (2016). “Becoming Me: From Dangerous Memories and Resistance to Transformation and Education” Panelist for Puerto Rican Women Teacher Educators Telling their Stories, Sharing Their Lives. American Educational Research Association. Washington, DC.
Colón-Muñiz, A., A. & Lavadenz, M. (2016). From the Past into the Present: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Education Continues. California Association for Bilingual Education, San Francisco, CA.
SooHoo, S, Kahn, R., Monzo, L., Colón-Muñiz, A., A., Wilson, T., McLaren, P. (2015). Panelist for, “Creating a Culture of Revolutionary Praxis: The 25th Anniversary of Life in Schools, American Educational Research Association. Chicago, Ill.
Colón-Muñiz, A., A. & Lavadenz, M. (2015). The Civil Rights of Latinos in Education: a History and Future of Struggle, National Association for Multicultural Education California Conference, San Diego, CA.
Colón-Muñiz, A., A., Bonilla Santiago, G., & Hernandez, M. (2014). Panelist for “The issues impacting K-12 education from different perspectives” presented at the National Conference of Puerto Rican Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
Colón-Muñiz, A., Allen, J., Miller, SJ, Morrell, E., Nieto, S., Souto-Manning, M. (2011). Where Would We Be Today Without Paulo Freire? Panel presented at the National Teachers of English, Chicago, Ill.
Colón-Muñiz, A., Brady, J. & SooHoo, S. (2010). Multicultural Education: Promises and Barriers, What Graduate Students Tell Us: Paper presented at the 2010 Conference of the 6th Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice, School of Education, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.
Colón-Muñiz, A., Brady, J. & SooHoo, S. (2010). What do Graduates Say about Multicultural Teacher Education. Paper presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education. Las Vegas, Nevada
Colón-Muñiz, A. (2010).Ongoing Educational Challenges to Puerto Rican Youth: Why Bilingual Education is Still a Viable Option for Academic Success. Paper presented at the 2010 National Convention of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Miami, Florida
Colón-Muñiz, A. (2010). Language Policy in the U.S. and Bilingual Education. Paper presented to Dutch administrators and faculty visiting Chapman
Colón-Muñiz, A. & Robbie, S. (2008). Teaching and Learning about the Mendez v. Westminster Case: The Call for Justice and Equity in Education Continues. Half Day Institute presented at California Association for Bilingual Education, Los Angeles, CA.