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,

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.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be hosting the In-depth Leadership Academy for 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

Registration for the 2020 Teacher Academy is now full. Thank you for your interest.

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

The SELPAs are excited to announce the first Virtual Paraeducator Academy of 2021!
This year, Paraeducator Academy will be presented virtually, and consist of a combination of viewing 3 self-paced webmodules and participating in a 150 minute live ZOOM webinar. In addition to general best practices, paraeducators receive training in the following areas:

    • Special Education Foundations and Responsibilities


    • Strategies for the Classroom


    • Executive Functioning and Social Thinking


    • Behavior Management


    Data Collection

The webinar will be breakout room intensive, and is designed to allow paraeducators
protected time for collaboration and application in a small group setting with facilitating SELPA program specialists. In addition, paraeducators will be introduced to new resources to support them in their day-to-day responsibilities, including the new SELPA Paraeducator Job Aide and paraeducator resources padlet.

Once registered, each paraeducator will receive an email with instructions for pre-work and access to the Paraeducator Webmodules for viewing, prior to the webinar.

Make sure to have interested paraeducators sign up quickly, as registration for this training will close the Friday prior to the webinar date. If you have any questions regarding this training, feel free to contact Jeremiah Whitten ( for more details.

Webinar: 1/26/21
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Register here

Webinar: 3/24/21
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Register here

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.