With 25 years of experience as an education leader, Cecelia Dodge currently is a Project Director with WestEd’s Special Education Policy and Practice team and co-leads technical assistance for the national Center for Integration of IDEA Data. Dodge has served as a consultant, facilitator, and coach, assisting school districts and state agencies with meeting their goals, including implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the Common Core State Standards, through program evaluation, technical assistance, strategic planning, and executive and instructional coaching.
As an experienced state policymaker and school district administrator, Dodge is expert at developing collaborative relationships and building consensus to improve outcomes for students. She has helped deepen others’ understanding of evidence-based practices such as formative assessment and descriptive feedback to improve teaching and learning. Dodge is also an expert facilitator of data-driven decision-making, including collection, reporting, and analysis of fiscal and program data.
Dodge has served as a leader in special education, birth through 21, in state and local administrative roles, as well as technical assistance and research. She has worked with school districts and state agencies in many states, and has a track record of engaging stakeholders and demonstrating improved system and student outcomes. She has been recognized for her work to improve education for young children with disabilities and children and youth who are placed for care and treatment.
As Assistant Superintendent in California and Director of Special Education in Minnesota, she built system capacity to provide standards-based education in inclusive settings, helped reduce disproportionate suspension of students of color, and spearheaded implementation of Response to Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and other evidence-based practices.