Educational Journal


The Journey Begins Internet Radio's original series eFocus talks to Dr. Judy Hackett and James Wendorf. 

After 40 years as a special education cooperative, NSSEO continues to look at collaborative, creative ways to embrace the changes reflective of educational reform while continuing to keep the focus on meeting the needs of all students. As one of only a handful of special education cooperatives that existed in IL in 1969, NSSEO has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of families, districts and the community. The field of special education, embedded in a changing field of education, has and will need to expand in a number of dimensions reflective of those important changes.

The success of any educational system is contingent on the collective efforts of its various stakeholders: board members, district superintendents, special education administrators, staff, families and community stakeholders.

James H. Wendorf is executive director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), which seeks to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life. He directs NCLD's efforts to provide essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities; to develop and deliver research-based programs that foster effective learning; and to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD's new initiative promoting the implementation of Response to Intervention strategies in schools nationwide — the RTI Action Network — is the largest single program in this effort.

For the past two decades, Mr. Wendorf has worked in the not-for-profit sector to build national and international partnerships supporting learning and literacy programs. Prior to joining NCLD in 1999, Mr. Wendorf served as vice president and chief operating officer of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc

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