Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

2019 LEA Administrators’ Academy

2019 LEA AcademyThe LEA Administrators’ Academy will be held on September 11 and 12, 2019, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

The 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.

The keynote speaker 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 26-year professional background includes service as a superintendent, associate superintendent, high school director of student services, school psychologist, assistant superintendent, and assistant sirector of special education for early childhood through high school.

Whether you are a principal, special education supervisor, or EC coordinator, or 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 Administrators’ Academy.

Register for the Academy 

Register at 2019 LEA ACADEMY.

Academy Schedule

Link to Daily Schedule

Wednesday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 12, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Registration Check-in each day beginning 7:30 a.m.

Academy Materials

For the academy schudule, presentations and more, please visit 2019 LEA Academy Materials.

Hotel Accommodations

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

Embassy Suites

Hotel Hot Springs (Use Group Code LEA2020)


We look forward to seeing you at this year’s LEA Academy.

For more information, please contact Lisa S. Johnson or Rhonda Saunders at 501-682-4221 or email or

*Join us at the 2019 AAEA Summer Conference to receive a complimentary copy of the book Yes, We Can! Co-author Jeanne Spiller will be providing a breakout session!

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