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June 19, 2014

Today’s spotlight is on the Honorable Robert H. Pasternack, Ph.D., a Founding Partner of Accelify Consulting.

Dr. Pasternack has over 40 years of experience in public education, including a term as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. During his tenure at the US Department of Education, Dr. Pasternack led the 2004 Reauthorization of IDEA, and helped with the implementation of NCLB. Dr. Pasternack served on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, the President’s Mental Health Commission, and as the Chair of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee during his time as the Assistant Secretary.A former classroom teacher, school psychologist, superintendent and State Director of Special Education for the State of New Mexico, Dr. Pasternack has held a number of leadership positions in education. With a focus on improving outcomes and results for all students, particularly Students with Disabilities, Dr. Pasternack has been a leading proponent of changing the identification practices for students with Specific Learning Disabilities from the ‘wait to fail’ model, which is characterized by documenting a discrepancy between IQ and achievement, to the Response to Intervention (RtI) model that focuses on providing multi-tiered instructional interventions for students who fail to respond adequately to instruction delivered in the general education setting. His advocacy for the RtI model included testimony before the U.S. House and Senate; work on the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education; and frequent speaking engagements at state, regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Pasternack’s work on RtI led to the historic reforms embedded in the current Reauthorization of IDEA, including the focus on instruction and results, and considering students with disabilities as general education students first.

Dr. Pasternack consults with the largest public school districts in America, including New York City Public Schools; Los Angeles Unified School District; and Chicago Public Schools, the three largest school districts in the United States. In addition to that work, Dr. Pasternack consults with a number of other school districts and State Departments of Education. This includes the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education, where he works with the Commissioners and their leadership teams on a myriad of issues in education, including developing new funding models and formulae for Special Education programs.

Dr. Pasternack is a nationally certified school psychologist, a certified educational diagnostician, a certified school administrator, and a certified teacher (K-12).