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College of Education instructor selected for Leadership Academy

Courtney Toledo, M.Ed.

Courtney Toledo, instructor of elementary and special education at Georgia Southern University, has been named a member of the 2022-24 Leadership Academy for the Council for Learning Disabilities.

The Academy, created for professionals in their first or second year of a university position or in the dissertation phase of their doctoral studies, provides the opportunity to assume a leadership role on a local, state and national level in service to students with learning disabilities and their families. Academy participants have the opportunity to network and receive mentoring from some of the most highly regarded leaders in the field of learning disabilities.

Toledo, who joined the College of Education faculty in 2017, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern. The focus of her dissertation revolves around pre-service special education teachers’ experiences with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) that she has implemented in her undergraduate courses.

During the course of the Leadership Academy’s two-year commitment, Toledo will attend the annual Council for Learning Disabilities Conference and work with members of her cohort on a special project that can be implemented at various institutions.

“As a result of being in the Leadership Academy, I look forward to having the opportunity to network with other researchers in the field,” said Toledo. “I hope to take on more leadership opportunities in our community as well as at the state and national level. In addition, I hope to gain valuable experience working collaboratively with other budding researchers who are at a similar stage in their career.”

A cohort of up to six leaders are selected for the Academy each year. Georgia Southern’s Cynthia Massey, Ph.D., assistant professor of special education, was a part of the previous group.


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