Do you know a special educator or administrator who does a great job? If so, you should consider nominating her or him for the JoLeta Reynolds Award. JoLeta was a policy analyst for the federal Department of Education. She essentially rewrote IDEA in 1997, and she had a big impact upon the 2006 regs. She is also one of my favorite people, and she has generously helped my special education consulting career in countless ways.
In her honor, an award has been established. You can nominate people for the award here. All nominations must be received by January 18, 2010.
My nominee for this award won last year. Dee Ann Wilson runs the mediation and due process hearing systems in Iowa and she is a pioneer in the facilitated IEP movement.. She also has a JoLeta sized heart when it comes to kids with disabilities. I have been lucky enough to work with her. Congratulations again Dee Ann. I can't wait to learn who will win this year.
If you know a great special education hero, nominate her for this award.