Conference Honors Special Programs Director Jensen
On Oct. 23, the Northeastern California Partnership for Special
Education held a conference that was also a celebration of 15 years
of partnership and collaboration with 57 regional district and county
One of several honors bestowed during the conference came from the
Modoc County Office of Education. Mary Jensen, the special education
programs director responsible for creating the partnership, received
the award on behalf of the Department of Professional Studies, the
California Partnership for Special Education, and the Council for
Exceptional Children (CEC).
Jensen said, "It is particularly meaningful that the University
with its regional partnership is honored by Modoc, our most remote
county. Fifteen years ago, forging an alliance with so many partners
was indeed an ‘impossible dream.’ Now, special education
faculty and local mentor teachers continue do the impossible every
day, bringing education and support to even the most isolated schools."
Jensen, instrumental in developing the program, worked collaboratively
with local school administrators and county offices in CSU, Chico’s
service region from its inception. Grants written by Jensen have
brought more than $8 million in both federal and state support to
the program over its 15 years.
The conference explored new ground in special education, including
a session on emotional disturbance that led to a request by participants
for more such forums. A new grant from the Federal Office of Special
Education and Rehabilitative Services for $800,000 over the next
four years will support training for teachers in this area.
Planning and coordination of the conference was handled by Rita
Mulholland, conference chair; Monica Diamond, conference committee
member; Lisa Silva, administrative support coordinator; and Carrie
Damask, CEC student chapter president.