Meaningful Collaboration Across Systems: What Does It Look Like? How Can it Transform Education?

Wednesday February 7, 2024
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Hear from U.S. Department of Education leaders about how collaboration happens across the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary of Education (OESE) to promote academic excellence and improved learning conditions. Join the conversation on alignment between ESSA and IDEA, the importance of coordination and collaboration across programs, and how you can engage in joint efforts to support our most vulnerable students. Speakers will discuss prominent examples of work across offices in critical areas such as mental health supports, teacher preparation and retention, supporting English learners, and assessment and accountability.

Glenna-Wright Gallo

Glenna Wright-Gallo is the assistant secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the United States Department of Education. In this capacity, she serves as advisor to the U.S. secretary of education on matters related to the education of children and youth with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youth and adults with disabilities. The mission of her office is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes, and to raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.


Wright-Gallo has more than 25 years of experience supporting students and adults with disabilities. She served as the assistant superintendent of special education in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington from 2017–2022 and previously as the state director of special education for the Utah State Board of Education for seven years. In her state-level education leadership roles, Wright-Gallo provided expertise in the improvement planning, data analysis, and monitoring of public pre-K through 12th grade+ special education programs. Before her state-level education leadership roles, Wright-Gallo worked as a classroom teacher and administrator.


Wright-Gallo has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in special education; special education teacher and administrative licenses; endorsements as a program administrator, principal, and superintendent; and a Master of Business Administration.

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