Leadership Academy 2018-19


Week-long training with ongoing support and professional development that focuses on critical skill-development for successful leadership and administration of special education programs and staff.

A three day In-Depth Academy will also be occuring for past graduates July 24th-26th. 


Applications will be available Spring of 2018. 


July 23rd - July 27th


Hotel Maya Doubletree by Hilton: 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. 

About The Leadership Academy

El Dorado County Charter SELPA is proud to offer an annual Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a year-long program, kicking off with a week-long in-depth training focusing on critical skill-development for successful administration of special education programs and staff.

The training brings together a cohort of current or new special education administrators. The focus of the training is to build essential skills for providing special education support and services tailored to your unique charter school’s mission, community, and student population. The Leadership Academy focuses on five core special education modules:

1. Leadership
2. Program Design and Implementation
3. Student Performance and Outcomes
4. Finance 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. Networking opportunities are built into each day as participants will work collaboratively in teams to build a tool-kit of resources.

Five Core Modules

Leadership :
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 and resourceful. Participants will gain knowledge and skills on leadership traits to succeed.

Program Design and Implementation :
This module provides an overview of special education programs and staffing options. Hands-on activities include developing a mock framework for programmatic services and supports that focus on student outcomes and the staffing decisions to support these programs.

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.

Finance 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.

Who Attends/application Process

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

Program Cost

Active El Dorado County Charter SELPA Partners
  • Program fees are covered at no cost to participants.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging and evening meals.
Non-SELPA Partners
  • Assume costs for Program fees ($1,000)
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging and evening meals.

Application Instructions

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

El Dorado County 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 and evening meals.

Cancellation Policy

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


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contact Info

For more information, please contact Nickie Terpening at (530) 295-2289 or nterpening@edcoe.org or visit our website: www.edcoecharterselpa.org