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 Special Education and the School Administrator Academy

The Critical Role of School Leaders

It is crucial that administrators understand special education and the critical role they play in ensuring that students with disabilities and their families are receiving the services and supports provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is not being followed, or other provisions of IDEA are not being implemented as intended for students with disabilities, the principal is held accountable as the school leader. This webpage is intended to connect school-based administrators to the professional learning and resources needed to support all students in their schools including students with disabilities.


Special Education and the School Administrator Academy (SESAA) Professional Learning Series


Learning Targets for SESAA ​

  • Build capacity around special education
  • Support new and/or induction level school-based leaders
  • Strengthen collaborative relationships between school-based administrators, special education directors, and families


​​The upcoming events as well as previous session recordings and presentations for the Special Education and the School Administrator Academy (SESAA) are available on the GaDOE Community and can be found in the Professional Learning Events Calendar.

A quick guide to the FY 24 Special Education and the School Administrator Academy (SESAA) Series - Registration and recordings from completed sessions can be found here​​​.​​​​

Recordings from FY 23 Cohort 2 can be found here​​​.​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Recordings from Spring FY 22 Cohort 1 can be found here.​

​The Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Services and Supports webpage contains links to IDEA rules and regulations, etc... Please review the left column for information about: 


Eligibility Categories

SpEd Budgets

Statewide Initiatives