Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report - (Page S15)

LESSON LEARNED “Building local capacity, that’s just really critical for me. I think it’s been a lifesaver for our local school divisions.” SPECIAL EDUCATION Judy Sorrell DIRECTOR Shenandoah Valley Regional Program for Special Education, Fishersville, Va. BY NIRVI SHAH W she would devote her life to working with hen Judy Sorrell was a child, she knew Matt Eich for Education Week children with disabilities. As a 5th grader, well before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act existed, requiring public schools to educate students with disabilities in the “least restrictive” environment possible, Sorrell was already indignant over the way a younger cousin with Down syndrome was being treated in school. Though her cousin attended school on the same campus, Sorrell wasn’t allowed to talk to her or see her all day. Now 59, Sorrell has drawn on that sense of indignation when necessary to bring the most up-to-date services and professionals to her students in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where LEADERS TO LEARN FROM > EDUCATION WEEK • February 6, 2013 | S15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report

Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report
Dropout Reduction
English-Learner Education
School Turnarounds
Rural Enrollment
Special Education
District-Union Partnership
Parent Engagement
School Climate
College Readiness
Digital Access
Social Networking
Student Discipline
Smart Growth
Stem Education

Education Week - February 6, 2013 - Special Report