Join The Center for Learner Equity in congratulating Laurie VanderPloeg on her appointment to serve as Director for the Office of Special Education Programs in the United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Laurie has dedicated the past 38 years to ensuring that students with disabilities have access to a high-quality education and has been an important partner in fulfilling The Center for Learner Equity’ mission.
In February 2016, we published a case study highlighting promising practices at Kent Intermediate School District (ISD). Laurie was their Director of Special Education at the time and was an instrumental guide during our research. Under her leadership, Kent ISD built a special education support infrastructure for both traditional district schools and public charter schools. Laurie brought regional collaboration to the way the ISD works, both with the school districts and with their community partners. She and her team have increased the amount of dollars brought directly into the classroom by providing essential services, collaborative initiatives and valuable learning for the region’s students and teachers.
Read more about Laurie’s work at Kent ISD and stay tuned for the opportunities for students with disabilities that she will be sure to foster through her new role.