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About Us

 

Barber & Barber, Inc. is a team of experts in special education policy, finance, governance, Medi-Cal billing, and charter schools.  Both Vicki and Lou Barber have had distinguished careers in helping school districts, county offices, charter schools, as well as state and federal agencies in achieving their goals and improving outcomes for students.  Both individuals started their journeys by teaching in the classroom and completing educational advanced degrees.  Their paths diverged with Lou working at district, county, state, and federal levels, while Vicki served for almost 20 years as a County Superintendent of Schools.  Both brought a passion to ensure that quality programs and services were available for all students, including students with disabilities.  That passion continues to guide their work in assisting clients, throughout California and in other areas of the nation.

 

Who We Are

 
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Dr. Vicki L. Barber

Retired El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools and a leading expert in California special education programs and finance.  Dr. Barber served as the Co-Executive Director of the Statewide Special Education Task Force that produced the report, One System: Reforming Education to Serve All Students.  She has testified before the California legislature on numerous occasions and testified before Congress on special education matters.  She served for many years on the California Advisory Commission on Charter Schools, appointed by the California State Board of Education, as well as serving on the Public Schools Accountability Advisory Committee to the State Board.  Dr. Barber was the visionary leader that served as the architect for the creation of the El Dorado County Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) that serves over 350 charter schools throughout California, representing over 160,000 students.. 

 

Education

University of the Pacific, Stockton, California                                                                     

Ed.D., Educational Psychology - 1982

Chapman College                                                                                                                             

M.A., Special Education - 1977

California State University, Sacramento, California                                                               

M.A., Government - 1974                                                                                                               

B.A., Government and Journalism - 1973

Professional Experience

President, Barber & Barber, Inc.

2013 - Present

Consultant, El Dorado County Office of Education

2014 - Present

Elected El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools

1994 - 2013

Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services

El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Office                                                                   

1990-1994

Assistant Superintendent, Business Services and Selpa
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Office

1984-1990

Director, Special Services
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Office

1983-1984

Educational and School Finance Consultant Services
Studies for Over 250 School Districts and County Offices of Education in the Field of Special Education, Psychological Services, and School Finance

1979-present

Coordinator, Educational Consultants
Learning Time and Educational Research Consultants

1975-1979

Consultant, Minority Caucus
California Assembly

974-1975

Teacher, Diagnostician and Resource Specialist
Melvin-smith School

1971-1974

Credentials Held

  • California Secondary Teaching Credential (Life)
  • Learning Handicapped Specialist Credential (Life)
  • General Administration Credential (Life)
  • Credential to Perform School Psychological Services (Life)
  • Credential to Supervise Pupil Personnel Service (Life)

Honors and Awards

  • American Leadership Forum Exemplary Leader Award - 2012
  • Ferd. J. Keisel Memorial Distinguished Service Award, Association of California School Administrators, March 2011
  • California Charter School Association Legacy Award, March 2011, March 2013
  • Paul Harris Rotary Award, Cameron Park Rotary Club, October 2009
  • Citizen of the Year, Sugarloaf Foundation, September 2006
  • Charlie Binderup Award, Small School Districts Association, March 2006
  • Superintendent of the Year, Association of California School Administrators (Region 2), 2005
  • Women Who Mean Business, Sacramento Business Journal, June 2004
  • Early Childhood Hall of Fame Award, El Dorado Association for the Education of Young Children, 2002
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Cameron Park Soroptimist Club, 2001
  • Executive Leadership Award - 1999, Perpetual Award - 2000, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, 2000
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Jean Harris Award, El Dorado Hills Rotary Club, 1999
  • American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter, Class of 2001 Fellow
  • Testified before Congressional Education Sub-Committee, 1996

Publications

Barber, Louis S. - Ramifications of the Rafael Oberti Case,1993, Prepared for the Indiana Council Administrators for Special Education.

Barber, Louis S. - Ramifications of the Rachel Holland Case, September, 1992, Prepared for Sacramento City School District Governing Board.

Barber, Louis S.; Barber, Vicki  L. - Identification of Barriers Facing the California State Department of Education in Implementing the Recommendations of the Transition from Special Education to the World of Work, May 13, 1985, Report for the Western Regional Resource Center, Eugene, Oregon.

Barber, Louis S.; Knight, Georgianne; and Barber, Vicki L. - The Transition  of Special Education Students from the California Youth Authority Schools to the Community,1985, Report for the Western Resource Center, Eugene, Oregon.

Barber, Louis S., Consulting Editor, Quality in Personnel Preparation For Education of the Handicapped: The Baseline Book, Ed., Judy Smith-Davis, published by Dissemination/Action, Vienna, Virginia; April,1984.

Barber, Louis S., Experiments in Juvenile Delinquency,@ AJournal of Logotherapy, Ed.,J. Fabray, 1982.

Barber, Louis S., The National Ramifications of the Larry P. Decision, Report for the National Director of Special Education, Washington, D.C., December 1980.

Barber Louis S., Juvenile Delinquents, Logotherapy In Action, Fabray, J., Bulka, R. And Sahakin, W., Editors, New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1979.

Barber, Louis S.; Nelson, Calvin; Powell, Clyde; and Schmidt, Leo - Continuation School Objectives:  The Student’s Viewpoint, Thrust, Association of California School Administrators, March, 1975, Volume 4, Number 4.

 
 

 
 
 
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Louis S. Barber, Ph.D.

Dr. Louis Barber is the founder of Lou Barber & Associates and co-founder of Barber & Barber, Inc.  He has over 50 years experience as a teacher, site administrator, county and statewide leader.  Below are some of his pertinent positions held, education accomplishments, and publications produced during his illustrious career.

 

Education

United States International University, San Diego, California                                         

Ph.D. Leadership and Human Behavior -1972

University of Southern California, School of Education, Los Angeles, California              Graduate Work

California State University, Los Angeles, California

M.A. - Secondary School Administration

California State University, Los Angeles, California

General Secondary Credential

California State University, Los Angeles, California

B.A. - social Studies

Professional Experience

Consent Decree Administrator, Jason Spieler v. Mount Diablo Unified School District

Concord, California                                                                                                             

December, 2000 to 2011

Consent Decree Administrator, Chanda Smith v. Los Angeles Unified School District 

Los Angeles, California                                                                                                                   

July, 1995 to May 2003

President, Lou Barber and Associates, Inc.:  A Private Consulting Firm Specializing in Special Education Issues, Educational Medi-Cal Billing Services, and Finance.     

February, 1985 to present

Member Board of Trustees, El Dorado Union High School District                           

Diamond Springs, California                                                                                                   

December, 1992 to October, 1995

Administrator, Special Education                                                                               

Sacramento City Unified School District                                                                                                                                                                         

September, 1992 to September, 1995

Director of Student Services/Educational Planning                                                               

El Dorado Union High School District                                                                                                                                                                   

January, 1989 to September, 1992

Assistant Superintendent Division of Student Services                                                       

Santa Clara County Office of Education                                                                                                                                                                                                                

February, 1985 to March, 1986

Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and Director of Special Education       

California Department of Education,Office of Special Education Division of Special Need                                                                                                               

April, 1981 to February, 1985

Assistant Superintendent Division of Special School and Service                                 

Riverside County Office of Education                                                                                                                                                                                                     

September, 1973 to April, 1981

Director of Special Schools and Continuation Education                                                 

Riverside County Office of Education                                                                                               

July, 1969 to September, 1973

Director of Extension Education College of the Desert                                                         

Palm Desert, California                                                                                                                     

July, 1968 to July 1969

Principal, Twin Pines High School                                                                                       

Riverside County Office of Education                                                                                                 

July, 1964 to July, 1968

Teacher, F.H. Butterfield School                                                                                           

Riverside County Office of Education                                                                                             

July, 1960 to July, 1964

Teacher, Sierra High School                                                                                                   

Whittier Union School District                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

September, 1958 to July, 1960

Credentials Held

  • Life General- Elementary
  • Life General- Secondary
  • Life General- Administrative
  • Life General- Pupil Personnel Services
  • Learning Handicapped Specialist Credential
  • License (California) - Marriage Family Child Counselor

Publications

Barber, Louis S. - Ramifications of the Rafael Oberti Case,1993, Prepared for the Indiana Council Administrators for Special Education.

Barber, Louis S. - Ramifications of the Rachel Holland Case, September, 1992, Prepared for Sacramento City School District Governing Board.

Barber, Louis S.; Barber, Vicki  L. - Identification of Barriers Facing the California State Department of Education in Implementing the Recommendations of the Transition from Special Education to the World of Work, May 13, 1985, Report for the Western Regional Resource Center, Eugene, Oregon.

Barber, Louis S.; Knight, Georgianne; and Barber, Vicki L. - The Transition  of Special Education Students from the California Youth Authority Schools to the Community,1985, Report for the Western Resource Center, Eugene, Oregon.

Barber, Louis S., Consulting Editor, Quality in Personnel Preparation For Education of the Handicapped: The Baseline Book, Ed., Judy Smith-Davis, published by Dissemination/Action, Vienna, Virginia; April,1984.

Barber, Louis S., Experiments in Juvenile Delinquency,@ AJournal of Logotherapy, Ed.,J. Fabray, 1982.

Barber, Louis S., The National Ramifications of the Larry P. Decision, Report for the National Director of Special Education, Washington, D.C., December 1980.

Barber Louis S., Juvenile Delinquents, Logotherapy In Action, Fabray, J., Bulka, R. And Sahakin, W., Editors, New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1979.

Barber, Louis S.; Nelson, Calvin; Powell, Clyde; and Schmidt, Leo - Continuation School Objectives:  The Student’s Viewpoint, Thrust, Association of California School Administrators, March, 1975, Volume 4, Number 4.

Dissertation

Changes in Self - concept Among Delinquent Boys in a Therapeutic Community: 1972, Chairman - Roger Kaufman, United States International University, San Diego, California.