About the Leadership Academy

In light of COVID-19, and unexpected schedule changes, we are moving forward with the 2020 Leadership Academy via web-based trainings.

The Leadership Academy 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

The training is comprised of direct instruction, as well as hands-on activities and simulations to allow participants to work collaboratively, reinforce learning, and build essential skills that will help guide their ongoing, real-world administrative practices. Daily networking opportunities are provided where participants will form teams to create a tool-kit of resources.

Seating is limited, so make sure you apply as soon as the application window opens. The deadline to submit an application is May 29, 2020.

Additional details to come regarding exact dates/times.

The Leadership Academy is primarily attended by charter school administrators who are new to the field and are wanting to increase their skills in the area of special education. The El Dorado Charter SELPA selection committee seeks to find applicants who express a need for growth in one or more areas covered by the training modules.

Leadership in Special Education:

This module provides an overview of different leadership styles to motivate, inspire, and lead to improve organizational and student outcomes. In today’s dynamic global workforce, constant change requires leaders to be adaptive, resourceful, and self-reflective. Participants will gain knowledge and sharpened skills related to essential leadership traits necessary for success.

Program Design and Implementation :

This module provides an overview of special education programs and systems that impact student outcomes. Hands-on activities include developing a mock framework for programmatic services and supports that focus on student outcomes.

Student Performance and Outcomes :

This module provides an introduction to special education performance indicators. Participants will examine a variety of student performance measures and analyze data in order to develop a system of intervention and support that focuses on positive organizational and student outcomes.

Fiscal and Resource Management :
This module provides an introduction to special education funding at a federal, state, and local level. Participants will receive a basic overview of various funding sources and expenditures. Hands-on activities include creating comprehensive budget plans and how to allocate resources effectively to support program design and implementation that focuses on positive student outcomes.

Compliance and Legal Responsibilities :
Participants will be provided with an overview of what constitutes a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in ensuring that students receive educational benefit. Hands-on activities include examining potential compliance errors and litigious situations focusing on problem-solving solutions.

For Current El Dorado  Charter SELPA Partners:

  • Program fees are covered at no cost to participants.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, breakfast, and evening meals.

For Non-SELPA Partners:

  • Costs for Program fees is $1,500
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, breakfast, and evening meals.

Admission to the Leadership Academy is through a competitive application process and is at the discretion of El Dorado Charter SELPA selection committee.

El Dorado Charter SELPA seeks a diverse group of participants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you have a disability that requires specific accommodations, please notify us after you’ve been accepted into the Leadership Academy so we may assist you in accessing your accommodations.

Deadlines & Notifications

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance into the Leadership Academy via email. All accepted participants will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, breakfast, and evening meals.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made to El Dorado Charter SELPA in writing or via email as soon as possible. Program Fees that were paid, will be reimbursed upon request.

Do I have to be a partner of the Charter SELPA to apply to attend?

No, any special education administrator can attend. El Dorado Charter SELPA partners do not assume the cost of Program Fees ($1,500). Limited space is available, and preference is given to El Dorado Charter SELPA partners first. If additional space is available, Non-El Dorado Charter SELPA partners will be given an opportunity to attend but will need to assume program fees. All participants assume costs for travel, lodging, breakfast, and evening meals.

What does the Charter SELPA seek in applicants?

The Charter SELPA seeks to find applicants who express the need for growth in one or more areas covered by the training modules.

As a participant, what is my commitment to participation in this program?

Participants in the Leadership Academy commit to attending the week-long, summer training. Participants also commit to participating in year-long, ongoing support provided via attendance at various El Dorado Charter activities, which may include attending: Steering Meetings, Fiscal Workshops/Open Houses, and Professional Development opportunities, as well as the extensive benefits of being an El Dorado Charter SELPA partner.

What do I receive upon completing the Leadership Academy requirements?

Participants who successfully complete the components of the Leadership Academy will receive a certificate of participation.

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