Leadership Development Course Description

Program Enhancement for administrators, faculty, grad students, community stakeholders advocating for Students with Learning Disabilities

Our services provide consultation to administrators with an emphasis on leadership strategies to promote student academic achievement. These leadership best practices for nuerodiverse students in special education apply research methodologies that address hidden learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other behavioral patterns related to special education programming and services.

Foundational research: A Collective case study

This curriculum is derived from a collective case study focused on leadership strategies and self-determination in students with learning disabilities by examining a small but significant segment of public institutions in the Southern region of the U.S. educational system. Social justice issues in America have evolved since the civil rights movement from race and gender to a current focus on neurodiversity at all levels of education and in the workplace. Consequently, enrollment of students with disabilities has increased across the United States, generating more interest in leadership strategies that serve a broader spectrum of learners and break down career barriers (Samuel-Smith, L., 2022).

Two institutions with distinct cultural backgrounds were central to this study. Both were included to fully understand the historical, political, and social impact of leadership and policy. The research findings in this case study fortified leadership strategies for education, affirmed self-determination theory, and provided insight for government funding agencies, advocacy groups, professional organizations, and educators.


Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret the Collective Case Study results for leadership development
  • Summarize leadership strategies for immediate application
  • Apply the most appropriate leadership principles and thinking styles to move an organization toward growth and sustainability.

This presentation introduces the Seven Principles of Leadership for Academic Success for neurodiverse students in special education. Several factors determine the well-being of the staff, student, and parent relationships but as an administrator, you are the most important factor. It is you who is the driving force behind your campus. Your skills play an important role, but ultimately it’s your personality and behavioral patterns that will turn your department into a success.


Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret the Collective Case Study results for leadership perspectives
  • Summarize leadership perspectives for immediate application
  • Apply the most appropriate leadership principles and approaches to enable self-determination in students with neurodiverse learning styles.

This presentation introduces the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument to connect classroom learning to life skills. The digital assessment tool provides a roadmap for successful engagement in the conference room and classroom environment. This report provides a customized overview with practical tools and recommendations for how to get the best from your staff and students by boosting self-awareness and improving decision making in challenging situations.

Reference: Samuel-Smith, L. (2022). A collective case study of land-grant universities and retention of students with learning disabilities. (Publication No. 28969902) [Doctoral dissertation, Capella University]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

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