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NASDSE honors its colleagues who have provided significant contributions and leadership to the special education community with the following special awards:

The NASDSE Heritage Award
This award is presented to an individual on the basis of prolonged service and substantive contribution to NASDSE as well as the field of special education. The NASDSE Heritage Award is available only to current state directors and previous NASDSE board members. In order to qualify for the service component of this award, the candidate must have served NASDSE for an extended period of time. The award requires that the candidate either engage in one notable achievement or in a series of smaller ongoing achievements that, when combined, transform into a larger substantive contribution.
 

 

2017 
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Gene Lenz
Deborah Gay
Colleen Riley 
Stephanie Petska
Mary Watson
Kathy Clayton
Texas
Georgia 
Kansas 
Wisconsin
North Carolina
Texas
2011
Mabrey Whetstone 
Alabama
2010
Gary Sherman
Nebraska
2009
Jacquelyn Thompson
Michigan
2008
Doug Cox
Virginia
2007
Robert Runkel
Montana
2006
Alice Parker
California
2005
Marcia Mittnacht
Massachusetts
2004
John Herner
Ohio
2003
Martha Brooks
Delaware
2002
Norena Hale
Minnesota
2001
John Corpolongo
Oklahoma
2000
Diane Sydoriak
Arkansas
1999
Larry Gloeckler
New York
1998
Judy Schrag
Idaho
1997
David Stockford
Maine
1996
Steve Kukic
Utah
1995
John Heskett
Missouri
1994
Larry “Smokey” Davis
Nevada
1993
Lowell Harris
Norrth Carolina

 

 
 
Martha J. Fields Award of Excellence
This award is presented to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the NASDSE organization, its mission and goals. The candidate, individual, or organization must have made significant contributions to the NASDSE organization in support of services to state agencies to facilitate efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. To qualify, an individual cannot be a current state director of special education or NASDSE staff member. Recipients are selected by the NASDSE Board of directors based on recommendations from the President and Executive Director.
 

 

2017
2016
 
2015
2014
2013
 
2012 
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) Leadership Team
Katy Neas, Executive Vice President, Office of Public Affairs at Easter Seals
The Honorable George Miller, U.S. Congress
Alexa Posny, Former Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education
Deb Ziegler, Lindsay Jones and Kim Himes (Council for Exceptional Children Policy Team)
2011
Richard Long (National Title 1 Directors Association)
2010
Patti Ralabate (National Education Association, ret.)
2009
Debra Price Ellingstad, Project Officer for the IDEA Partnership at the U.S. Department of Education (retired)
2008
Luann Purcell (Executive Director, Council of Administrators of Special Education – CASE)
2007
Ellen Romett (Director, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
2006
John Copenhaver (Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center)
2005
W. David Tilly III (Heartland (IA) Area Education Agency)
2004
Judy Smith-Davis (self-employed consultant)
2003
Joleta Reynolds (U.S. Department of Education: OSERS)
2002
Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
2001
Penny Earley (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - AACTE)
2000
National Governors Association (NGA)

 

 
 
R. Elwood Pace Humanitarian Award
This award is presented to an individual who engages in service or actions of a humanitarian nature that exceed what one normally expects of a person in the discharge of his or her professional duties. The actions of a qualified candidate reflect a genuine concern for the human condition. The award requires that the nominee engage in consistent humanitarian behavior over an extended period of time. Previous board members, current state directors and current staff members of state education agencies are eligible to receive this award. Recipients are nominated by the membership and selected by NASDSE’s Board of Directors. The recipient of the award may not be a sitting board member.
 
   
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
Nancy Reder
Marshall Peter
Helen Sengebau
Don Deshler
Nan Gray
Joseph Fisher
NASDSE
CADRE
Republic of Palau
University of Kansas
Utah

2009
2004
Bill East
JoLynne DeMary
NASDSE
Virginia
2003
Anne Gay
District of Columbia
2000
Richard Baldwin
Michigan
1999
Michael Valentine
West Virginia
1997
Austin Tuning
Virginia
1996
Jerry White
Maryland
1995
Jill Gray
Texas
1994
Frank Vance
Iowa
1993
Landis Stetler
Florida

 

 

 


  

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