Two KDE staff selected for leadership positions in a national special education organization
Gretta Hylton and Amy Patterson have been selected to serve in leadership positions with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Gretta Hylton, Associate Commissioner at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE’S) Office of Special Education and Early Learning (OSEEL), has been elected President-Elect of the National Association of Directors of State of Special Education (NASDSE) at its annual business meeting on October 18. Hylton has been Secretary-Treasurer of the NASDSE Board of Directors since 2017.
As Associate Commissioner of KDE’s OSEEL, Hylton leads state governance for the implementation of the Disability Education Act (IDEA). Hylton also oversees the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) and the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB).
Since the founding of the NASDSE in 1938, KDE staff have served as NASDSE president only twice. Hylton would become the organization’s third Kentucky president, after Gwen Rutherford in 1951-52 and Stella Edwards in 1968-69.
“I am honored and touched to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve and represent the directors of special education in 60 states, territories and entities across the country,” said Hylton. “Through a mindset of continuous improvement, as President-elect I am committed to growing this premier organization to continue to provide high-quality support to Directors of State across the country, all remembering that the ultimate goal of our work is to improve student outcomes. disabled people and their families.
Amy Patterson, KDE IDEA Data Manager, has also been elected Chair of the NASDSE Special Education Data Managers Affinity Group (SEDMAG). As IDEA Data Manager, Patterson leads the state’s work around collecting, validating, and submitting special education data to the US Department of Education. Patterson is Kentucky’s first elected president of SEDMAG.
“I am touched by the opportunity to engage with the country’s special education data managers to improve data quality and awareness to provide better opportunities for students with disabilities. I am delighted to partner with my associate commissioner, Gretta Hylton, to serve Kentucky and the nation in this endeavor, ”said Patterson.
NASDSE is a leading membership organization that supports state leaders in special education across the United States and its territories.