Louis Danielson
Managing Director


  • Special education and learning disabilities

Louis Danielson, a national leader in the field of special education, has been involved in programs that improve results for students with disabilities for over three decades. He brings a unique depth of knowledge in both special education policy and research to his current position as a managing director with American Institutes for Research. His career spans several roles in education, including secondary school science and mathematics teacher, school psychologist, and professor at the university level. Until recently, Danielson held leadership roles in the U. S. Department of Education’s Office for Special Education Programs and was responsible for the IDEA national activities programs. At AIR, Danielson leads research and development work related to assessment of students with disabilities and serves as a senior advisor to the National Center on Response to Intervention. He also leads an initiative of the National High School Center on Tiered Interventions. A frequent contributor to professional journals, Danielson has published extensively in the literature and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and events focusing on special education.