Derek Cooley

MAASE President and Special Education Director

Derek Cooley began his career as a middle-level teacher for students with behavioral disorders. Derek has held administrative positions including special education supervisor, center-based principal, and director of special education. Currently, Derek is the director of special education at Godwin Heights Public Schools within Kent ISD. Derek has a Bachelor’s degree in special education from CMU, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from GVSU, and a Doctorate in Special Education from WMU. Derek teaches as an adjunct professor at GVSU and Capella University. Derek is the current president of MAASE.

  • Company Godwin Heights Public Schools


Day 1
January 18, 2023
3:00 pm

Special Education Talent Development - A Leadership Retention Strategy

Stone Theater (Lower Level)
18 January
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location:  Stone Theater (Lower Level)

Do you have a new special education director/supervisor that could use added support and mentoring? Are your principals dealing with complex student needs and wanting professional learning opportunities? Do you have special educator staff shortages? The Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) is dedicated to supporting Superintendents and your school leaders! Come and learn the new ways our association is working to help you to attract, prepare and retain top talent in your district.

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