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Kathy Wahl

Santa Clara County Office of Education
Director, Inclusion Collaborative
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Kathryn Wahl has over 30 years of experience in education and public health. As the Director of the Inclusion Collaborative (IC) at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Kathryn provides the leadership needed to promote a culture that values all children by strengthening, sustaining, and ensuring inclusive practices. The Inclusion Collaborative believes that every individual regardless of abilities and disabilities has the right to full access to quality inclusive learning and community environments. As one of two Equity Leads of the Statewide System of Support, Kathryn provides the implementation and oversite of the California 1 (CA 1): Highway to Success for ALL Students. This project provides a tiered system of support to increase equity for the following students groups: students with disabilities, English learners and African American students. Universal Design for Learning provides the basis of the CA1, and SCCOE has partnered with CAST and its Learning Designed Platform to provide online courses, credentials and coaching. CA1 includes the UDL Associate Credential from CAST, and will be adding more UDL credentials in the next few months. Kathryn has worked with the IC since 2014, being involved in the development and implementation of the SCCOE Ed. Specialist Credentialing Program and the State Annual Inclusion Conference held at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Kathryn has served on the SCCOE MTSS Leadership Team and the SCCOE LCAP team. Prior to this, Kathryn has held many positions as a teacher, educator and college instructor. Kathryn has worked with teachers, students and families across the county in center based and home based programs and now currently supports local districts in creating new inclusion programs. Currently, Kathryn is a Commissioner for the First 5 of Santa Clara County. Kathryn earned her M.A in Early Intervention Services, Special Education Program from Santa Clara University. Kathryn can be contacted at Kathy_wahl@sccoe.org