Leadership Academy


CLD is committed to building the leadership capacity of professionals who are entering the special education field (persons in the first several years of a university position or in the dissertation phase of their PhD program). Participation in the Leadership Academy provides the opportunity to assume a leadership role on a local, state, and national level in service to students with learning disabilities and their families. Academy Leaders have the opportunity to network and receive mentoring from some of the most-highly regarded leaders in the field of Learning Disabilities. Additionally, Academy Leaders are eligible for nomination for CLD annual awards.




What are the benefits of participation in the Leadership Academy?

  • A complimentary registration for the national conference for year one and a reduced registration for year two
  • Visibility within the CLD community
  • Assignment of a CLD mentor, 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 staff
  • Participation in the creation of professional-development offerings for CLD members
  • Eligibility for prestigious CLD awards


What are the expectations of an Academy Leader?

Academy Leaders will attend the CLD International Conference on Learning Disabilities. They will participate in a day-long orientation and planning session the day before the conference officially begins. They will be invited to attend a portion of the Board of Trustees meeting and the CLD annual business meeting. Priority seating will be provided for the General Session and selected conference sessions to be determined by the LDC. Academy Leaders also agree to serve on a CLD Standing Committee as one-year ad hoc members during their second year as Academy Leaders.


How do you apply for the Leadership Academy?

A cohort of up to six emerging leaders who demonstrate potential and a passion for leadership in CLD will be selected for Cohort 7 in 2018. Leadership Academy candidates must be members of CLD. The 7th cohort of Academy Leaders will be selected in the spring of 2018 based on their application for the LA, participation in the CLD Leadership Institute, which will be held the day before the fall 2017 CLD conference, and involvement on a CLD committee during the 2017-2018 year. More information about the Leadership Academy will be presented at the 2017 Leadership Institute. Only individuals who attend the LI will be considered for the Leadership Academy Cohort 7.


Follow the link below to apply for our Leadership Institute
in October, 2017.



Possible Areas of Focus for Leadership Development


Local Chapter Affiliation and/or National Involvement

  •  Increase involvement in a CLD Professional Chapter or Student Chapter
  • Become a member of a CLD standing committee
  • Work with a local chapter to recruit new CLD members
  • Nominate colleagues for CLD Leadership Academy and CLD awards


CLD Outreach (these activities may be a collaborative effort among the current Academy Leaders or be an individual focus)

  • Create or support a CLD presence in your state or region. This may include maintaining a state or regional data base for networking and sharing information.
  • Create a clearinghouse for local conferences, local legislative updates, articles/commentaries by professors or doctoral candidates from regional universities or starting a blog for members. Develop ways to ensure this is a sustainable effort.
  • Host local networking events for educators and/or parents
  • Become involved with legislative advocacy and policy


Professional Development

  • Present at local conferences or the annual CLD conference
  • Facilitate or help with local professional-development opportunities or the annual CLD conference
  • Present at a collaborative conference for educators who support struggling learners
  • Participate in the development of professional development offerings of CLD
  • Create list of professional resources that can be accessed on the CLD members only website link


Online Collaboration and Social Media

  • Facilitate online conversations with other Academy Leaders
  • Create and maintain your own blog


Writing and Research

  • Write or contribute to the writing of an article for LD Forum (Research to Practice or  5 Ways to. . .)
  • Inform CLD membership of Leadership Academy activities in an article for LD Forum
  • Contribute to a CLD Infosheet
  • Submit a manuscript for Outstanding Researcher Award



Contact:  Diane Pedrotty Bryant
Leadership Development Co-Chair