ASPIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERS INSTITUTE (ASELI)
Special Education Directorsinterested in being an ASELI mentor, more info coming soon.
The Institute is a one-year leadership development program designed to improve outcomes for all students by preparing a diverse group of educators for leadership roles in special education.
Goals of the Institute
To increase the capacity of and retain a network of aspiring diverse special education leaders at the local education agency level to improve systems serving children with disabilities and their families.
To develop, improve, and expand system-level collaborative practices between SEA, LEA, Parent Center, IHE, and other children-serving agencies to ensure the delivery and maintenance of a special education leadership development program.
To increase the number of diverse early intervention and special education leaders at the local education agency level with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve systems serving students with disabilities and their families
How does a person apply for the Aspiring Special Education Leadership Institute?
The application period is currently closed for Cohort 4 but will re-open in the Spring of 2024 for Cohort 5.
Who should apply?
Aspiring leaders in special education (teachers, Department Chairs, Psychs, counselors, principals, etc.), especially those who are traditionally underrepresented in special education leadership, who do not currently have a Director of Special Education license should apply to the Institute. Applicants should have a commitment to a career in special education leadership and value equity, excellence, and success for our diverse student populations.
How long is the commitment?
The commitment is for one year.
What materials do I need?
All materials including a book, High-Leverage Practices in Special Education, will be provided.
How much time will I have to take off work?
Aspiring leaders will participate in the monthly Institute using a virtual platform. Prior to applying to the institute, candidates must obtain approval and written support from administration. The Institute is planned for 1 day a month on weekdays 8:00 - 3:00 (EST).
Will I be expected to travel?
There will be limited travel due to the virtual platform.
What are the expectations of aspiring leaders?
By applying for the ASELI program, you and your supervisor understand the requirements of this program: