Antonis Katsiyannis

In February, Antonis Katsiyannis will receive recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children.
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The Council for Exceptional Children has recognized Antonis Katsiyannis, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Clemson University, for significant contributions to the council. The council will award Katsiyannis with the Frederick J. Weintraub Outstanding Leadership Award in February at its 2018 convention and expo in Tampa.

The council is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. The council accomplishes this mission through advocacy, standards and professional development.

According to the council, the award honors contributions to its programs and activities at the local, state, national and international level over an extended period of time. Katsiyannis said he is pleased to receive an award from an organization with which he has enjoyed a long, productive relationship.

“I am thankful to receive this award from an organization I have admired and enjoyed working with for almost 30 years,” Katsiyannis said. “I’ve been honored to aid the council in advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards and professional development.”

Katsiyannis served as president of the council in 2016. During his time as president, he established the IDEA Reauthorization workgroup and helped refine the council’s strategies focusing on educator development. During his tenure, the council approved the “High Leverage Practices,” which are intended to inform professional standards. He also established the council’s governance assessment group to assess the council’s governance structure.

Katsiyannis said he is proud of what he has accomplished through the council, but the contributions he has been able to make to professional literature stand out.

“I hope the work I have done to help inform and establish policy will have a lasting impact on the field,” Katsiyannis said. “Positively affecting policy is a large part of the council’s mission, so to be recognized for work in this area is extremely satisfying.”

The author of 189 articles on special education legal and policy issues, delinquency and emotional/behavioral disorders, he has been published in Behavioral Disorders, Exceptional Children, Remedial and Special Education, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Special Education and Fordham Urban Law Review.

Katsiyannis received his doctorate in educational administration/special education from the College of William and Mary in 1989. Before joining the Clemson faculty in 1998, he was employed by the Virginia Department of Education and taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.