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Unlocking the Potential of Students with Disabilities
Kristin Wright is the California State Director of Special Education, a role she was appointed to on September 1, 2016. Kristin brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to this leadership position as a policy expert, advocate, teacher and mother of a child with significant physical and intellectual disabilities.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Sacramento, she later returned to higher education to earn an Education Specialist teaching credential and a master’s degree in special education. She has spent more than a decade working in special education policy and programs with a focus on special education.
In December 2014, Kristin worked for the California State Board of Education as an Education Policy Consultant and liaison between the Board and the CDE on a variety of subjects, including special education. In 2013 and 2014, she worked as an Education Programs Consultant within the CDE’s Special Education Division, serving as a liaison to the ACSE and consulting on program and policy matters related to California’s Common Core Standards and accessibility for students with disabilities. Kristin initially entered the special education policy landscape with her appointment by the California State Senate to the ACSE from 2006-2013, serving as Chair from 2009-2013. Prior to her work at the CDE, she consulted on projects for organizations that included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Educational Results Partnership.
Kristin has and continues to serve on numerous boards, commissions and workgroups and currently serves on the U.C. Davis College of Education Dean’s Advisory Board.