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Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., Co-Director:

Dr. Nancy Grasmick is  the nation’s longest serving state education chief and Maryland’s first female superintendent of schools. Under her leadership, the state of Maryland received one of the federal government’s coveted Race to the Top education grants in 2010, worth up to $250 million to continue building upon a solid record of school reform. In addition, for a fourth straight year, Education Week ranked Maryland’s public school system first in the nation in 2012. Dr. Grasmick has received numerous awards for her visionary leadership, including the national Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. In 2011, she was inducted into The Daily Record’s “Circle of Influence,” recognizing her as a “Most Influential Marylander.” In 2010, the College Board awarded her the national William U. Harris Award of Excellence, and the National Art Education Association honored her with the Distinguished Service, Outside the Profession Award. Dr. Grasmick is also a presidential scholar at Towson University.


Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP, Co-Director:

After graduating from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr. Jacobson completed her Master of Education and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She then worked as a school psychologist before completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She completed her clinical internship in neurodevelopment and neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Miami, Florida, and then completed her post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2010, where she provides training and supervision for graduate student externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in the outpatient clinics of the Neuropsychology Department. Clinically, she sees children for evaluation with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the department's Neuro-oncology Clinic and Executive Function Clinic. Dr. Jacobson is the director of the Neuroscience of Learning and the Learner Core at the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education.




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Now Accepting Applications!

The Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE) is currently accepting applications for its 2018-2019 fellowship cohort.

New extended deadline: March 31

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Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.
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What Leaders In The Field Are Saying About the Center

"The Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education fellowship initiative offers an exciting opportunity to share a breadth and wealth of expertise with the nation's early intervention and special education leaders."

-  Marcella E. Franczkowski, M.S.