LEA Academy

This year’s Academy will feature a variety of sessions designed to give attendees access to the information and supports they need to provide leadership linked to inclusive practices aimed at the implementation of effective programs for students with disabilities as part of a student-focused system of education.

Whether you are a Principal, Special Education Supervisor, or EC Coordinator, whether you are a long time attendee or will be a first timer, the table is set and there is a seat waiting for you. Please join us for your 2019 LEA Administrator's Academy.

ADE has reserved a block of rooms at the following hotels. The deadline to book a room at the conference rate is August 27, 2019.

You can reserve a room by calling the Embassy Suites Hotel directly at 501-624-9200 or by clicking Embassy Suites Hotel

You can reserve a room by calling the Hotel Hot Springs (Use Group Code LEA2020) directly at 501-623-6600 or by clicking Hotel Hot Springs. 




Hot Springs Convention Center

Academy Schedule
Registration Check-in each day
begins at 7:30 a.m. 
Wednesday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 12, 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the 2019 Academy will be Julie A. Schmidt, co-author of *Yes We Can. Julie is a nationally respected speaker whose work has focused on bringing together general and special educators to collaborate in PLCs.
Julie is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Her twenty-six year professional background includes service as a Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, High School Director of Student Services, School Psychologist, Assistant Superintendent, and Assistant Director of Special Education for early childhood through high school.