LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - ABOUT
WHAT IS THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY?
The Special Education Leadership Academy is a two year professional development opportunity for current and aspiring special education administrators. Academy members, or “Fellows”, commit to actively participating in a two year rigorous professional development model. The first year involves participation in a Summer Institute, four to six Super Saturdays during the school year, and then a second Summer Institute the following summer. The second year will include on-site follow-up support and participation in two to four Super Saturdays. When “Fellows” complete the program, they will have acquired the skills needed to be an effective special education leader.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY?
The purpose of the Special Education Leadership Academy is to help define the future direction of special education services for exceptional students by creating and enhancing the capacity of special education leaders to face the next wave of IDEA requirements and challenges. Specifically, the Academy will:
Provide current Special Education Administrators with information on the latest trends in special education.
Prepare future Special Education Leaders by exposing them to both the ‘breadth and depth” of special education regulations and “Best Practices”.
Provide job-embedded professional development opportunities to Special Education Administrators.
Create a network of support to Special Education Leaders.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A “FELLOW”?
20 ”Fellows” will be accepted each year. Any of the following individuals may apply:
Current Special Education Supervisors/Directors
Current Special Education Central office Administrators /staff
Special Education school site staff who are in leadership roles at their schools; e.g., Special Education Department Chairs, Master Teachers, Teacher Leaders, etc.
WHAT COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED FROM A “FELLOW”?
Each “Fellow” must commit to the following:
Participate in the first year of activities including one Summer Institutes and four to six Super Saturdays.
Participate in the second year of follow-up activities including one Summer Institute, two to four Super Saturdays and on-site consultation.
Create and maintain a portfolio of all Academy activities.
Participate in/complete independent projects that are related to specialty areas.
Abide by the sending school district’s requirements for continuation of employment (if any).
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Interested applicants must submit the following:
A completed application form along with a letter of recommendation from the district’s superintendent or the school’s lead administrator.
A commitment from the district’s superintendent or the school’s lead administrator to pay a $4000 participation fee.
WHAT DOES THE $4000 FEE PAY FOR?
The $4000 fee pays for the following:
All professional development activities, including two four day Summer Institutes and 4 to 10 Super Saturday Sessions over the two year period. Presenters include national, state and local experts in Special Education covering a avariety of topics (e.g., IDEA legal requirements, special education financing and personnel issues, discipline, transition, team building, monitoring, inclusive education, early intervening services, etc.).
All accommodations (meals, hotel) for professional development activities.
All inservice materials (e.g., binders, handouts, workbooks, reference materials/books).
WHO SPONSORS THE ACADEMY?
The Special Education Leadership Academy is sponsored by The SUNS Center, a non-profit, private center under the leadership of The School Leadership Center, and funded by Baptist Community Ministries.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
You may contact The SUNS Center at 504-822-8280, or email the Director, Kathy Kilgore, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Leadership Academy
Calendar of SpedLA Activities
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The SUNS Center
Serving the Unique Needs of Students in the Greater New Orleans Area
3108 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119