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Joanne Cashman

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Joanne Cashman, Ed.D. is the Director of The IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE).  The Partnership is an innovative investment by The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education to bring state education agencies and national organizations together and focus them on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.  The IDEA Partnership is an affiliation of 55 national organizations representing policymakers, families, administrators and service providers funded by The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For the last 12 years, the Partners have worked across groups to come together around the issues they share. The websites,www.ideapartnership.org and www.sharedwork.org to showcase some of the collaborative work that has been developed through the Partnership organizations. In collaboration with the Center for School Mental Health, the IDEA Partnership helped to create and now facilitates the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health. Before joining NASDSE, Dr. Cashman served as the project director of The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program at The George Washington University (GWU). Prior to coming to Washington, Dr. Cashman was concurrently building principal and supervisor of special education for the Shikellamy School District in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. She worked for 27 years to improve disability education and awareness at the local and state level and continues to work with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education and the Pennsylvania Interagency Team. Dr. Cashman is a frequent presenter for state and national audiences and has authored articles, practice manuals and book chapters. Her research interests include: shared policy agendas and cross-cutting policy strategies; service learning; self-determination and self-advocacy for individuals with disabilities; organizational learning; knowledge management and communities of practice. Dr. Cashman received her doctorate in special education from George Washington University.