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Thanksgiving Break, NOV. 23-25: Classes Canceled, Offices Closed.:

The Max Chambers Library will be open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 22., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23 and will be closed Nov. 24-26. The Wellness Center will be closed Nov. 23-27 and will resume normal hours Nov. 28.

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In its 24th year, the mission of the ELA Educational Administrators’ Academy is to provide the rare opportunity for Higher Ed, Career Tech, and K-12 administrators to interact and experience in-depth leadership development designed specifically for educational leaders.

Academy Goals

  • Leadership development for educational leaders comparable to that offered to many upper-level executives in successful organizations but tailored to educators.
  • Learn strategies that improve health and wellness to maximize the quality of life and leadership practices.
  • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively managing conflict, diversity awareness, building trust, and motivating others.
  • Understand legal and Human Resource policies and issues facing educational institutions.
  • Provide the opportunity for education professionals to network, learn and share best practices.

Academy Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of leadership essentials and demonstrate the ability to use leadership theories in the practice of leadership.
  • Take away a more complete understanding of how your behavior impacts peers, direct reports, supervisors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Have an expanded network of colleagues and professionals in education.

Session Format

  • Information Presentation
  • Facilitate Discussion of Questions (Given ahead of time)


In many programs a mentor is someone who is assigned to you for the duration of the program. In this program you will be given a suggested list of academic leaders to contact, at your institution or others, to ask questions related to their work and/or the case study.

Participant Responsibilities for Successful Completion of the Educational Administrators' Academy

  • Before each session participants will be given reading lists or a case study, and a shortlist of questions that they should ask of their mentors. These should be completed before coming to the session. During the session participants will have an opportunity to network with each other and share their solutions and answers to questions.
  • Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. Absence from more than one full session (or the accumulation of partial sessions that equals one full session) will result in the participant being withdrawn from the program with no portion of the tuition refunded.

2022/23 Educational Administrators Academy

Leading with Empathy and Centering Well-Being

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 13-14, 2022, Tuesday: 6 – 8:30 PM and Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Artesian Hotel, Sulphur, OK.

The unexpected impact from the spread of COVID-19 has caused institutions—small and large, private and public—to rethink how they deliver educational instruction. For faculty, COVID-19 presented a unique challenge: Leading faculty and maintaining student learning while the normalcy of life collapses around you. This session examines how we can keep empathy at the center of what we do as leaders in a post–COVID world. Developing a mindset that is built on the pillars of mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change is foundational. Known as the Claremont Core® these four elements comprise an integrated approach for empathetic leadership and wellbeing.

Facilitator: Rhonda Dean Kyncl, Ph.D.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, and Administrators

Navigating Cultural Differences

Tuesday–Wednesday, November 1-2, 2022, Tuesday: 6 – 8:30 PM and Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Tulsa.

In this session, each participant will complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), which is an online assessment tool used by businesses and universities around the world to measure intercultural competency. After completing the IDI, each participant will receive a customized Intercultural Development Plan (IDP). This IDP serves as a guide for continued growth and development. This session will facilitate discussions centered on the topics of understanding the various dimensions of culture, identifying strategies to bridge cultural differences, and incorporating opportunities using the IDP to grow in intercultural competency in a professional education setting, both inside and outside the classroom, with real-world, hands-on experiences.

Facilitators: Caroline Bentley, Ph.D. and Nicole Warehime, Ph.D.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, and Administrators

Effective Conflict Engagement for Education Leaders

Tuesday–Wednesday, January 31- February 1, 2023, Tuesday: 6 – 8:30 PM and Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, UCO, Edmond, OK.

Conflict is a natural part of life, but unmanaged conflict prevents individuals and organizations for achieving essential goals. This session will explore personal and organizational conflict management and the role education leaders have in building conflict competency. Learning objectives for this course include discussing the nature of conflict, exploring personal conflict styles, strategies for preparing for difficult conversations, and developing effective conflict management skills.

Facilitator: Mary Lee Brock

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, and Administrators

Legal Issues in Education

Tuesday–Wednesday, March 7-8, 2023, Tuesday: 6 – 8:30 PM and Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM, Stillwater, OK.

This session will cover a wide range of legal and human resource issues facing educational institutions and includes suggestions and perspectives that serve to facilitate effectiveness for administrators who must deal with law’s impact on their campuses.

Facilitator: Mackenzie Wilfong, Esq.

Suggested Mentors: Experienced Chairs, Deans, Legal Services and Human Resource personnel


Early-bird Registration Fee: $1,999.00, includes meals, lodging, and instructional materials for each session, ends March 15, 2022.
Regular Registration Fee: $2,499.00, includes meals, lodging, and instructional materials for each session, March 16 – August 11, 2022.
Participants are responsible for their transportation to the session locations.

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Mary Howard, M.B.A.
Director, Educators' Leadership Academy (ELA)
Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning (CETTL)
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive, CTL 102, Campus Box 212; Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: 405-974-5561 / Fax: 405-974-3922