ACPS Superintendent Selected to Participate in Virginia Special Education Group
Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt was selected to participate in the newly created Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Special Education Work Group. The group is made up of educators, family members and other leaders who will assist VDOE in developing the 2024 Roadmap for Special Education.
Dr. Kay-Wyatt said it is an honor to be a part of this important endeavor by the Commonwealth. “This work group will help the VDOE develop a special education strategic plan and support progress by monitoring improvements in services and support. I am proud that our school division will play an important role in carrying out this project.”
The Virginia Roadmap for Special Education is expected to include an increased focus on inclusion, high-quality instruction for all students, strong systems of parents and family engagement, prioritized monitoring and support and an emphasis on postsecondary pathways for all learners.
“The Department of Education takes seriously its responsibility to make sure that students and families are receiving the appropriate services they need. The department also has a duty to make sure that school divisions are supported with the guidance and professional development they need to have effective special educational programs,” said Virginia Board of Education President Grace Creasey. “The changes being implemented today will ensure that the department is effectively monitoring school divisions to ensure they are providing high quality instruction and access to high quality educators, as well as supporting those divisions who continue to struggle meeting those obligations.”