Mary Schillinger was the Deputy & Assistant Superintendent for Education in Las Virgenes Unified School District in Southern California for thirteen years. Her career began as a general education teacher and then a special education resource teacher, before she moved into administration as a high school coordinator, district program specialist, director of special education, andassistant superintendent of education. Mary has Masters Degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration. As the Assistant Superintendent, she was in charge of the professional development and strategic planning for implementation of the Common Core State Standards for both general education and special education K-12.
As a member of the faculty of California State University Northridge, Mary teaches courses in the special education teacher preparation and school psychology departments.
She authored the LRP publications; The Administrator’s Guide to Building and Maintaining a Comprehensive Autism Program in 2010, Write On, A Guide to Compliant Documentation of Special Education Policies and Procedures in 2012. Her most recent publication; Common Core and the Special Education Student: Your Guide to Instructional Shifts and Implementing Services and Supports (2014) and the companion book; Successfully Implementing Core Standards for Students with Disabilities: A Professional Development Guide, published in 2015 provide strategies, forms, guidelines, and training agendas for all educators.
Mary is a presenter and consultant at state and national conferences. In addition, she conducts training in Universal Design for Learning, Access to the Rigor of Common Core Standards for All Students, and Co Teaching Implementation for School Districts, SELPA's, and County Office of Education participants.