Leadership Academy



What is the Leadership Academy?


CLD is committed to building the leadership capacity of professionals who are entering the special education field. These professionals may be in the first or second year of a university position or in the dissertation phase of their Ph.D. program. The goal of the Leadership Academy is to support the development of the leadership potential of individuals who are very interested in assuming an active role in CLD. Participation in the Leadership Academy provides the opportunity to network with colleagues and receive mentoring from highly regarded leaders in the field of Learning Disabilities. Leadership Academy individuals participate on CLD committees and attend CLD conferences. They may hold a role on a local, state, or national level in service to individuals with learning disabilities and their families.


What are the benefits of participation in the Leadership Academy?

  • A complimentary registration for the national conference for year one
  • Visibility within the CLD community
  • Assignment of a CLD mentor in the first year, based on identified interests of academy leaders, who is a member of CLD that has served in leadership positions within the LD community
  • Various networking opportunities with other Academy Leaders, CLD leaders, and Board of Trustees members
  • Participation in the creation of a project with cohort members and the LDC co-chairs related to learning disabilities
  • Contribution to the mission and vision of CLD


What are the expectations of an Academy Leader?

The new cohort of Academy Leaders attend the CLD International Conference on Learning Disabilities for two years. Academy Leaders also agree to serve on a CLD Standing Committee for at least two years. In Year 1, cohort members attend the social, the Wednesday evening prior to the beginning of the conference, with their mentor. Academy Leaders will be given priority seating at the General Session. In Year 2, Academy Leaders will remain active on a committee and help mentor the new Leadership Academy cohort.


How do you apply for the Leadership Academy?

Potential Leadership Academy individuals have attended the Leadership Institute at the CLD conference in the fall of the year prior to completing an application for the Academy in the spring. Subsequently, potential Leadership Academy individuals have actively participated on a CLD committee the year in which they attended the Leadership Institute. Only individuals who attended the Leadership Institute and have been active on a CLD committee will be considered for the Leadership Academy. A cohort of up to six emerging leaders who demonstrate potential through service on a CLD committee and a passion for leadership in CLD will be selected during the application process. Leadership Academy candidates must be members of CLD.


Contact:  Diane Pedrotty Bryant
Leadership Development Co-Chair