New Special Education Directors Academy
The New Special Education Directors Academy offers seminars throughout the year addressing relevant topics in-depth for new directors. A new special education director is defined as one who is new to their position and has not been a special education director in another location or was new after last year’s Academy. The Academy includes information on a variety of topics including state and federal data collection and reporting procedures, annual plans, changes to policies and regulations, Standards of Learning (SOL) instructional resources, as well as the use of assigned mentors.
The first session of the 2012-2013 Academy for New Special Education Directors is scheduled for September 19-20, 2012. VDOE will schedule five additional one-day sessions throughout the year addressing relevant topics in-depth for new directors. For more information, see Superintendent's Memo #164-12, 2012-2013 Academy for New Special Education Directors.
The Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy is designed for educators who aspire to be in a leadership position and who are not currently a special education director. Individuals must be nominated and complete an application to be considered for selection into this Academy.
This program was established to assist school divisions and state-operated programs with succession planning and is designed to help prepare potential leaders for future administrative positions in special education.
This is a year-long program that will include workshops, seminars, observations, assignments and field experiences. Participants will have opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experiences that will help them excel in positions of special education leadership.