John Copenhaver Portrait

John Copenhaver

Director, Technical Assistance Division

John D. Copenhaver is the Director for the Division of Technical Assitance at the Center for Persons with Disabilites at the College of Education at Utah State University. Mr, Copenhaver has experience in special education at the school district, state, regional, and national levels.  Mr. Copenhaver has also served as a special education resource teacher, school psychologist, and special education director.

His work at the Technical Assistance Division has involved providing leadership for numerous projects, Centers and activities that span 27 States across the country. He has provided technical assistance at the school, state, regional, and national levels. Mr. Copenhaver has serves on the faculty of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) in providing orienatation for new State special education directors. He has provided training to 25 State Special Education Advisory Panels across the country.

Mr. Copenhaver has produced numerous training materials; been called upon to assist states and school districts in most areas of special education; made numerous conference presentations, and provided technical assistance in the areas of legal issues, special populations, developing effective Individualized Education Programs, due process/mediation, Section 504, procedural safeguards, systems change, strategic planning, CSPD, State Advisory Panels, assistive technology, extended school year, and numerous other topics. 

Mr. Copenhaver has been with the Center for Persons with Disabilites since 1989. He holds degrees from the University of Montana and University of Utah in Philosophy, Psychology, and Special Education Administration-School Psychology. He has been presented with four major national awards, the Martha J. Fields Excellence Award (NASDSE), the Joleta Reynolds Award (LRP Publications), National Award of Excellence (Bureau of Indian Affairs), and a National Award of Excellence in Special Education (NASDSE).