SELPA Academies
The El Dorado Charter SELPA provides in-depth training in key areas for educators and administrators. In an effort to meet the needs of our partners, the SELPA has expanded the academies offered to reach educators who are brand new to the profession to even the most experienced educator. See below to learn more about the Leadership Academy, Teacher Academy, and Paraeducator Academy.
Leadership Academy
In light of COVID-19, and unexpected schedule changes, we are moving forward with the 2021 Leadership Academy via a hybrid approach. The Leadership Academy is an in-depth training focusing on critical skill development for successful administration of special education programs and staff. The training brings together a cohort of current and/or new special education administrators. The focus of the academy is to build essential skills for providing special education support and services tailored to the unique charter school’s mission, community, and student population. The Leadership Academy focuses on five core special education modules:
  1. Leadership in Special Education
  2. Program Design and Implementation
  3. Student Performance and Outcomes
  4. Fiscal and Resource Management
  5. Compliance and Legal Responsibilities

Leadership Academy attendees are accepted by application only.

Applications for the 2021 Leadership Academy are opening May 10, 2021. If you are interested in applying, please contact Nickie Terpening, nterpening@edcoe.org.

The deadline to submit an application is June 04, 2021.

Current and new special education administrators are encouraged to attend. The focus of the training is to build essential skills to provide special education support and services tailored to your unique charter school’s mission, community, and student population.

We invite you to join a follow-up academy geared toward past graduates. We will feature an in-depth training series for leaders in special education. The training event will be in tandem with the annual Leadership Academy program. Topics to focus on include:

Topics Include:

  • Change Leadership with Paul Porter
    • 7/27 11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
  • Organizational Change: Introduction to Improvement Science
    • 7/28 9:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The following sessions will take place throughout the year.

Using Data and Root Cause Analysis to inform Special Education Program Design 8/24

Problem of Practice: Testing change through Plan, Do, Study, Act 9/14

In-depth Fiscal Stewardship 10/12

Legal Responsibilities 11/2

The El Dorado Charter SELPA subsidizes the program fees for all active partners. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel, lodging, breakfast, and dinner (lunch will be provided Tuesday and Wednesday).

Teacher Academy


This web-based Teacher Academy incorporates research-based content and activities that deepens participant knowledge and develops their educational practices leading to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.

Orange County
July 20-22 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM
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Sacramento, CA
Augusta 3-5 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM
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San Diego, CA
August 10-12 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM
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Los Angeles, CA
August 17-19 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM
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Bay Area
August 24-26 2021
9:00AM-12:00PM
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The Teacher Academy is designed for new special education teachers or teachers who are looking to refine their current practice. Teams of educators are encouraged to participate.

Paraeducator Academy

Paraeducator Academy is a virtual one-day training aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of paraeducators. Under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed educator, paraeducators are responsible for assisting students with disabilities in the least restrictive setting as outlined in the IEP. To be effective in this vital role and to ensure positive student outcomes, paraeducators require a clear understanding of the delivery of individualized adaptations and educational supports for students across school settings.

 

Participants must view three 30-minute web modules before participating in a live zoom meeting with SELPA staff. Web modules are viewable on devices with Internet access, including Chromebooks, desktops, laptops, iPads, and mobile devices.

August 26, 2021
12:30-3:00PM
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September 22, 2021
12:30-3:00PM
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October 26, 2021
12:30-3:00PM
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November 17, 2021
9:00-11:30AM
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This training is appropriate for both experienced and new paraeducators. This academy is only offered to partners of the El Dorado Charter SELPA.

Check back for more details on training objectives and agenda.

Speech Academy


The newly developed speech academy includes 4 weeks of half day trainings, centered around hot topics within the speech and language community. Topics included (but not limited to) are pragmatics, dyslexia, bilingual assessment and childhood apraxia. SLP’s will receive either state or ASHA CEU’s for attending.

Week 1: 8/20/2021
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
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Week 2: 8/27/2021
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
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Week 3: 9/10/2021
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
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Week 4: 9/17/2021
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
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Speech Language Pathologist and Speech Language Pathologist Assistants.

Psychologist Academy


The School Psychologist Academy is a one-day virtual training aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of School Psychologists within a Charter setting. The academy will incorporate best practices, review research -based content, and provide opportunities for collaboration. This event will enable practitioners to network and gain access to resources that can be utilized and built upon in practice. The School Psychologist Professional Learning Community (PLC) will be held the following day to provide for additional collaboration and networking opportunities. Participants are encouraged to attend both events.

9/8/2021 9:00am-12:00pm
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School Psychologist

Leadership Academy
"I thought the presenters were amazing! They made the material very relatable to the field of special education and managing teams."
Teacher Academy
"I really appreciated getting the standard breakdown supplemental form. I feel like that will greatly benefit my teaching and goal writing."
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