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Melissa Turner

Senior Manager, State Policy

Melissa Turner is the Senior Manager for State Policy with the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She is part of the public policy and advocacy team, and supports parent mobilization and advocacy around issues that impact students with learning and attention issues, including policies related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Melissa also serves as an adjunct instructor of education policy and grant evaluator for American University’s School of Education. Previously, Melissa served in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), analyzing education and disability budget, policy, legislative and regulatory proposals for the US Department of Education, and working closely with the White House and advisers to the President developing the President’s annual budget.

Prior to her role at OMB, Melissa worked in the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, providing technical assistance and monitoring state special education and general education programs to improve results for children with disabilities. Melissa started her career as a parent advocate in New York state, counseling parents of children with disabilities and advocating for them throughout the special education process.

Melissa holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching and a BA in American Studies from American University.

From the policy blog

Experts Weigh In: Lessons on Self-Advocacy & Personalized Learning

Written by NCLD Policy Team | 1 week ago

For the past year, we have been exploring how self-advocacy skills and self-determination play a role in personalized learning.  Self-advocacy skills allow students to advocate and communicate their rights and needs. Having self-advocacy skills is one thing that can lead to self-determination: an individual being empowered to actively make choices about their education and their … Continue reading Experts Weigh In: Lessons on Self-Advocacy & Personalized Learning

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