John Copenhaver, ME

Center for Persons with Disabilities
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Last Updated: April 07, 2016

John Copenhaver

Primary Activity Coordinators: Technical Assistance
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Arizona Recruitment and Retention *
Arizona Technical Assistance *
Arkansas Special Education Advisory Panel Training *
Bureau of Indian Education, Chemawa School *
Bureau of Indian Education, Crazy Horse *
Bureau of Indian Education, Standing Rock *
Bureau of Indian Education, Turtle Mountain School *
Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) *
Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID) *
Dispute Resolution in Special Education Consortium 2015-16 *
Georgia State Personnel Development Grant External Evaluation *
Idaho Indicator 14 Project *
Idaho Indicator 8 Project *
Iowa Law Conference *
Kansas Statewide Technical Assistance Services Network (TASN) *
Kansas Technical Assistance *
Montana Technical Assistance *
Nebraska Technical Assistance *
Nebraska Web - Teach in Nebraska Website *
New Mexico Technical Assistance *
North Dakota Technical Assistance *
Oregon Techical Assistance *
South Dakota Leola School Training *
South Dakota Multi-Tiered System of Supports Evaluation*
South Dakota Techical Assistance and Data Drill Down*
TASK12 - Training and Assessment Systems for K-12 Educational Interpreters *
Utah Data Project *
Utah Indicator 14, Post Secondary Outcomes *
Utah Law Conference *
Utah Professional Development Network *
Utah Technical Assistance *
Wyoming Data Manager Training *
Wyoming IEP Facilitation *
Wyoming Technical Assistance *
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


John D. Copenhaver is the Director for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) and principal investigator for the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC). Mr. Copenhaver has experience in special education at the school district, state, regional, and national levels. Before joining the TAESE/MPRRC staff, Mr. Copenhaver served as a special education resource teacher, school psychologist, and special education director.

His work at TAESE and the MPRRC has involved providing technical assistance at the school, state, regional, and national levels. Mr. Copenhaver has extensive experience in Indian education. He provides technical assistance to states regarding their State Performance Plan, Annual Performance Report, and Levels of Determination.

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; published articles on special education issues; 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 TAESE/MPRRC 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).