What is the Illinois Special Education Leadership Academy (SELA)?

Our Focus

To provide opportunities for advanced professional development aligned to the needs of leaders of special services. To provide 1:1 mentoring, coaching and resources to support new and current leaders navigating the ongoing changes in the field of education.

SELA’s Purpose-Our Why

Leadership research promotes ongoing professional learning grounded in four pillars: Decision-making, Communication, Continuous Improvement Process, and Resources/Technical Supports. SELA is dedicated to create and facilitate learning and networking opportunities to enhance professional learning and leadership growth that can be applied to the important work of special education leadership Applying the four pillars to our work requires specialized professional learning opportunities that allow for dialogue and application to current needs in our focus on specialized services within the broader context of education.

Important Changes to School-Based Medicaid Reporting: Video and Handouts
SELA's Virtual Lunch and Learn Series: IEP Quality Project - IEPQ 

Statewide Special Education Directors’ Conference

SELA will be hosting the 2023 Statewide Special Education Directors’ Conference in Summer 2023.  Details to follow.


For registration questions, please contact Molly Dunne,