Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Announces New Director
This week, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) announced their new director, Valerie C. Williams.
Williams comes to this role after serving as senior director of Government Relations and External Affairs at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education for the past six years. Prior to this, Williams worked with state-level special education leaders; on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee; within departments of the U.S. Navy and Air Force; and with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
In her role with OSEP, William will be charged with the administration of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and will continue her decades of work advocating for equity-based outcomes for students with disabilities.
Earlier this week, CEC President Dennis Cavitt, Ed. D. congratulated Williams, remarking that she is “a trusted colleague, collaborator, and friend of CEC. We look forward to working with her in her new role to build upon OSEP’s work to attract, prepare, and retain an effective and diverse workforce vital to ensuring positive outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.”