Blake McGaha is currently the Executive Director of the Services for Exceptional Children Department with Fulton County Schools in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. As the Executive Director, he manages a $141 million budget supportingover2,000employeesand~9,800studentswithdisabilitiesacross106schools. Blakehasrestructured the department in such a way to drive instructional outcomes that promote student academic, behavioral, and social success. Most recently, the department has developed a set of clear expectations for special educators that defines their expected belief system, knowledge base, skill sets, and intended behaviors outlined as the Core Behaviors of Special Educators. To further support this work, the department hired 22 Specially Designed Instructional Coaches who will support the growth of special educators through job-embedded, instructional mentoring.
Before his current role, Blake served as the Director of Special Education Professional Learning with the District of Columbia Public Schools. During his time with DCPS, he designed and provided instructional development to 1,200 special education staff members, supported the growth of over 800 instructional leaders in 111 schools, and lead a district-wide equity initiative for students with disabilities to positively impact the mindsets of all DCPS educators. Blake has also worked as the Director of Student Support Services with KIPP Metro Collaborative where he developed a budget, staffing model, and internal processes for 8 charter schools across two districts. In addition, he has led special education initiatives in Atlanta Public Schools as a Special Education Compliance Coordinator and in Dekalb County Schools as a Special Education Instructional Coach.
Blake holds a Specialists degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University and a Master’s Degree in Behavior/Learning Disabilities from Georgia State University. He began his career as a Special Educator at Elkins Pointe Middle School in Fulton County Schools and has since continued his passion for leading innovative instructional design for Students with Disabilities.