Dia Jackson is a senior researcher at AIR. She provides technical assistance, coaching, and professional development to states and school districts in the areas of special education best practices and Response to Intervention. She is a professional development specialist in the Response to Intervention Personnel Development Project for New York State in the New York City region. Jackson also provides technical assistance and product development to the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center. In this role she provides leadership and expertise in best practices in special education.
Jackson taught elementary special education for nine years, in both inclusive and self-contained special education settings and advised academic and behavioral intervention services for struggling students. She has coordinated the special education referral and evaluation process and served as Chair of the Crisis Team for students with severe behavior needs.
In addition to her direct service to students with disabilities, Jackson has expertise in teacher education and professional development and has been a graduate professor for over seven years. She is currently completing her doctorate in special education at The George Washington University.