Watertown, Mass. – Perkins School for the Blind is pleased to announce that Ed Bosso has been named superintendent and executive director of educational programs. Bosso comes to Perkins from The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where he has served as vice president since 2010.
In his new position, Bosso will oversee all of Perkins’ educational services for babies to young adults, including day and residential students enrolled in on-campus programs in Watertown, and public school students served by Perkins’ special educators in their local schools.
Bosso brings more than 30 years of experience to the job, including leadership positions as principal of the Delaware School for the Deaf, director of statewide programs for the deaf and deaf blind students, and assistant superintendent of human resources for the Christina School District in Wilmington, Delaware. He is also a former President of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.
“Like many committed individuals here at Perkins, Ed’s career is the sum of first-hand experiences at every level of the special education field,” said Perkins President and CEO Dave Power. “With so great a need to reach underserved children and young adults with additional educational options, Ed's experience will be a crucial ingredient for our future success.”
Bosso earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Science in special education from Bloomsburg University. He’s been working in special education since 1982. Bosso was drawn to the field by a desire to provide all students with equal education.
“Too often, special education students are relegated to second class status. Our students are not second class in any way, shape or form,” he said. “I think part of our work is to be ambassadors and to show people what our students can do and the gifts that they have.”
Perkins is a pioneer in the interdisciplinary approach to educating children with vision impairments and has shared those methods with educators around the world. The warmth and passion of Perkins’ staff and its recent growth in education programs at all levels, in particular advances in preparing students for adult life, were powerful lures for Bosso. “I intend to learn, and then share,” he said. “I want to build on the great work at Perkins and, working together, take Perkins to the next level – making sure every student gets what they need.”
Perkins School for the Blind, founded in 1829 as the first school of its kind in the US, is a multifaceted organization working around the world to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their full potential.
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