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IDEAs that Work: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success

School systems across the nation work to implement rigorous academic standards and prepare diverse learners for success both in the classroom and after graduation.  Students with disabilities have unique needs that require evidence-based supports and interventions in order to ensure access to college- and career-ready standards.  During this session, listeners will hear about:

  • a new resource from the Department that will connect teachers and families with products and tools to assist them in improving instruction and supporting academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners as they become college and career ready
  • State approaches to improving the outcomes of students with disabilities
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
January 2016 in Houston, TX
Ruth Ryder

Ruth Ryder is the Deputy Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education. OSEP has responsibility for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act program, providing financial support to States through formula grant programs and national leadership in supporting States through technical assistance, personnel preparation, parent training, technology and State personnel development. Ms. Ryder has been with OSEP since 1988, most recently as the OSEP Deputy Director. In this position, she is providing national leadership in moving special education accountability to a more results-oriented process.

Christine Pilgrim

Christine Pilgrim is an Education Program Specialist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.  The Office of Special Education Programs is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Prior to joining the Department, Christine held a series of positions in the field of education at the school, district and university level. 

Jana Rosborough

Rosborough, a licensed attorney, was an Assistant State Director of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services at the state level. In that role, Rosborough provided leadership for the general supervision systems of all Federal Programs working towards program alignment and effective implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to benefit all learners state-wide.