James F. McKethan

James McKethan is a national consultant and speaker on Section 504 and other special education issues. His company, James F. McKethan, LLC, provides an array of services to state education agencies and to local school districts, including policy management services, due process and grievance consultation as well as professional development on IDEA, Section 504 and NCLB. In addition, the company supports school district special education systems reform. James F. McKethan, PhD, is the author of Section 504: From Referral to Placement. The book provides school-level personnel invaluable guidance on Section 504 referral, evaluation, eligibility and placement issues. A new publication, The Section 504 ToolKit, will be available from LRP Publications this spring.

During his long and distinguished career in education, James has directed both small and large urban district special education programs. Among his achievements as an administrator are introducing technology to capture and manage information on exceptional children and the use of co-teaching and learning strategies to keep students with disabilities in regular classrooms. James has worked as a Special Project Manager for School Reform in the Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina and has served on the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs and the North Carolina State Board of Education Accountability Compliance Commission. He is the recipient of the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Felix Barker Award for exemplary leadership in special education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Distinguished Service Award.