Name: Ruth E. Gallucci
Agency: Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Job Title: 619 Coordinator
Years in the Role: 8 years
Describe your role within your agency and describe the type of work you do on a day to day basis?
Ruth Gallucci has served as Rhode Islands 619 Coordinator for the last eight years. She coordinates IDEA early childhood special education (ECSE) initiatives relative to child outcomes, early childhood environments, the transition from EI, and developmental screening. Ruth represents early childhood special education on several state committees and currently serves as Chair and Executive Council member of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) 619 Affinity Group. Ruth has lead multiple statewide initiatives such as the creation of a comprehensive ECSE assessment system, the development of ECSE core competencies, and the design and establishment of a data system for developmental screening results.
What are one or two accomplishments you would like to highlight from your state work this year?
Ruth has recently introduced Rhode Islands Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education (RI- IECSE) Service Delivery Model and coordinated the creation of the associated professional development and technical assistance supports. This past year she had the opportunity to present at multiple national conferences, including the Early Childhood Inclusion Institute and the OSEP Leadership Conference.
What are a few pieces of advice you would give to a new person coming into the job role?
The best advice I could give to a new 619 Coordinator is to pace herself. Although there is much to learn, she is about to embark on an exciting and meaningful journey! Reaching out to a fellow coordinator from a similar state, connecting with one of the OSEP technical assistance centers, and joining NASDSE are essential first steps.
Why do you think joining the affinity group is essential?
Joining the NASDSE 619 Affinity Group provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow coordinators from across the country. Opportunities to share similar experiences, challenges, and solutions offer a significant benefit to a states capacity to develop and implement high-quality early childhood state systems and to ultimately improve results for young children with disabilities.