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.
The Academy is a program 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.
2021-2022 Academy for Aspiring Special Education Leaders
Cohort 14 Application
One application per school division, state-operated program, regional program and training/technical assistance center for Academy participation may be submitted. Candidates must submit applications to their division superintendent’s office through the director of special education. This gives the superintendent an opportunity to add an endorsement.
Application packets must be submitted to Beverly Wynter, Executive Secretary, Office of the Assistant Superintendent, Division of Special Education and Student Services, and postmarked by April 16, 2021. Candidates and nominators will be notified of selection outcomes.
- Application for the Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy-This is a Word document.
- Recommendation Form-This is a Word document.
Candidates for the Academy may include administrators holding entry level positions, teachers, student services staff members, and related services staff members who have demonstrated leadership. All candidates must possess at least a master’s degree or be near completion of such and be endorsed by their special education directors and division Superintendents or designees.
Approximately 20 participants will be selected for Cohort 14. Preference will be given to those who have not had participants in past cohorts. The selection process is competitive, and a committee will review applications and select participants based on the following criteria:
- Strength of candidate’s written statement as included in the application;
- Experiences in special education and accomplishments as reflected in a résumé;
- Strength of recommendation by the candidate’s supervisor or program manager;
- Endorsement by special education director and division superintendent or designee;
- Balanced representation, including regional representation.
The VDOE will fund costs associated with lodging, breakfast, and lunch each meeting day, speaker fees, and relevant materials. School divisions or other sending agencies will assume costs related to mileage reimbursement, dinner on the meeting days, and substitutes.
VDOE's Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy Celebrated its 10th Anniversary
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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. For more information contact the Office of Special Education Instructional Services at email: firstname.lastname@example.org .