September 29-30, 2022

The 2022 LEA Academy will be held on September 29 and 30 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. This year’s Academy will feature a variety of sessions designed to assist educators as they lead their districts toward more inclusive education.

The keynote speaker for the 2022 LEA Academy will be Dr. Jenna Rufo, co-author of Reimagining Special Education. Dr. Rufo is an experienced public school leader turned inclusive education consultant. Having served as an assistant superintendent, director of special education, state policy specialist, special education teacher, and inclusion facilitator, Jenna has practical experience in leading systems change for inclusion. 

She has shared her knowledge at numerous events, including the Atlantic’s Education Summit and the National Principals' Conference, and has been published in School Administrator. Jenna founded her own consulting business, empowerED School Solutions, with expertise in inclusion and special education. Jenna was inspired by her sister, Nina, who has multiple disabilities, to enter the field of education. Jenna views education as her calling and is passionate about providing quality programs for all students.

We welcome all Principals, Special Education Supervisors, and Early Childhood Coordinators to join us for the 2022 LEA Academy, as we are ALL IN for students in Arkansas.


Reserve a room at the Embassy Suites Hotel online or by calling the hotel directly at 501-624-9200.

A limited number of room reservations are available at a special rate at the Hotel Hot Springs with the group code LEA 2022. Book online or call the hotel directly at 501-623-6600.

Hot Springs Convention Center


Academy Schedule
Registration Check-in Thursday
begins at 7:30 a.m. 

Thursday, Sept. 29, 8:30 AM - 4:20 PM

Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30 AM. – Noon

Lunch on Thursday will be on your own from 11:30 to1:00. The convention center concession stand (view menu) will be open as will a variety of restaurants within walking distance.



Schedule Highlights

Come attend sessions focused on a variety of topics that will assist you in accelerating learning for your students with disabilities.

In addition to her keynote address, Dr. Jenna Rufo will provide two breakout sessions:

  • Flexible Service Delivery Models and Inclusive Scheduling
  • Equity and Disproportionality in Special Education.

There will be sessions on the new monitoring system, SPED finance, dispute resolution, executive functioning, and several sessions led by Arkansas educators. There will also be multiple sessions that have an Early Childhood focus.

Due to the current health climate all checks MUST be received on or prior to September 23, 2022, in order to attend. In the interest of promoting the safest environment, there will be no onsite registration or exchange of monies.