DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 51
March 7, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
for the Aspiring
I am pleased
to announce that the
The Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy will be comprised of up to thirty participants representing school divisions, state-operated programs, regional programs, and/or training/technical assistance centers from across the Commonwealth. Candidates for the academy may include teachers, student services staff, related services staff, and recently appointed administrators holding entry level positions. All candidates must be endorsed by their division superintendent or designee. The selection process is competitive, and a steering committee, appointed to assist in guiding this initiative, will review all applications and select participants based on the following criteria:
Strength of candidate's written statement articulating interest in and commitment to special education leadership
Experiences in special education and accomplishments as reflected in rsum
Strength of recommendation by candidate's supervisor or program manager
Endorsement by division superintendent or designee
Balanced and diverse regional representation
The Virginia Department of Education will fund costs associated with lodging, speaker fees, and relevant materials. School divisions or other sending agencies will need to assume costs related to mileage reimbursement and substitutes.
An application for the cohort is attached and may also be found at the following Web site: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/sess/. Please note that candidates must submit their applications to their division superintendent or designee. This gives you the opportunity to add your endorsement and submit the application packet for your recommended nominee. Application packets are due to H. Douglas Cox, assistant superintendent, Division of Special Education and Student Services by April 25, 2008. Candidates and nominators will be notified of selection outcomes by May 30, 2008.
Thank you for your support of this new initiative as we work to assist you in identifying and preparing future special education leaders. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Cox via e-mail (Doug.Cox@doe.virginia.gov) or via phone (804-225-3252).
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