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. Participation in the Leadership Academy (LA) 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.

Each year, CLD selects a cohort of up to six emerging leaders who demonstrate potential and a passion for leadership in the service of students with learning disabilities.

Who is eligible to attend?

Attendance at the 2023 Leadership Institute and subsequent active involvement on an assigned CLD committee are required to be able to apply for the following year’s LA.

What are the benefits of participation in the Leadership Academy?

  • This is a two-year commitment.
  • 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, and CLD leaders.
  • Opportunity to work with other LA cohort members on a special project.

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. The online application will open mid-April with applications due by no later than May 31, 2024. Individuals who are selected through a rigorous selection process will be notified in the spring of 2024.

Applications are open until May 31, 2024


Contact: Donna Sacco
Leadership Development Co-Chair