David Riley

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David Riley, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, a national network of education administrators responsible for policy, procedural, and programmatic decision making affecting children and youth with disabilities in urban school districts. Initiated in the spring of 1994 under the auspices of Education Development Center, Inc., in Newton, Massachusetts, more than 100 large, medium, and small urban school districts are now enrolled as members. The Collaborative is a national version of the Massachusetts Urban Project, a state-wide network that Dr. Riley founded in 1979 and that continues to provide leadership development and cross-district networking opportunities for special education leaders in that state. For more than 25 years, Dr. Riley has served as an organizational and management consultant to local, state, and federal education agencies. Dr. Riley serves in a leadership position on several federally-funded initiatives and, for the past 13 years, has served as Educational Co-Chair of the Summer Institute on Critical Issues in Urban Special Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.