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James H. Wendorf

James H. Wendorf

Executive Director Emeritus

The NCLD Board of Directors named Jim as Executive Director Emeritus in July 2016. For more than 17 years, he led NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents and young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities. Jim currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Poses Family Foundation, where he supports the Foundation’s large-scale investments in improving the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues.

Prior to joining NCLD in 1999, Jim served as vice president and COO of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., then the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, based in Washington, D.C.

Jim serves on the Board of Trustees of Eagle Hill School (Greenwich, CT) and the advisory boards of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (University of Minnesota) and the Education Policy and Leadership Center (Southern Methodist University). He also served as vice chair of the Congressionally authorized Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities, and as an appointed member of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives at the National Institutes of Health.

Jim earned a B.A. with honors from Yale College, and graduate degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.

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Learning by Doing: Cultivating Agency in Students with Disabilities

Written by Maria Bucon-Scales and Ace Parsi | 3 days ago

One of the challenges students can face within our current education system is being presented with curriculum that they struggle to connect with. Many of our education reform efforts fail because students are disengaged and end up dropping out of a system that does not meet their needs or prepare them for the future. Brain … Continue reading Learning by Doing: Cultivating Agency in Students with Disabilities

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