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September 25 - 28, 2017
2017 Fall Leadership Institute
Washington, D.C.

Schedule at a Glance

~Subject to change

 

 

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

 

Registration Opens

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pre-Institute Session: Advancing Continuous Quality Improvement in Your Program
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Introduction to the Practice of Quality Improvement
 
Participants will be introduced to the theory of continuous quality improvement and then will learn about the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) framework and several tools to help them in conducting the improvement cycle.
 
Speakers: Rick Mockler, Victoria Jones
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Participants will be walked through a demonstration of how to measure chronic absenteeism and apply the PDSA framework in accordance with the new Performance Standards. Participants who wish to bring a computer are welcome to turn this into a hands-on lesson by following along with the demonstration using their own attendance data.

Speakers: Rick Mockler, Victoria Jones

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Data Visualization and Program Evaluation

Acorn Evaluation does valuable work within the Head Start field when it comes to data visualization and program evaluation. Acorn will provide participants with an introduction to their four step process and will expose participants to how to tell a story with data.

Speaker: Stuart Jones, Project Manager, Acorn Evaluation

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Applying Quality Improvement in Your Programs
 
Using the knowledge learned throughout the day, participants will break into groups by domain of interest and will apply quality improvement efforts to a real-world question. Groups will establish a research question and an evaluation plan that they can bring home to address a problem or question in their programs. Groups will report out and share their plans to create a starter kit of ideas for CQI in Head Start.
 

Speakers: Rick Mockler, Victoria Jones

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Pre-Institute Wrap Up

Monday, September 25th, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
10:30 Am - 12:00 PM Opening Session

Speakers: Tommy Sheridan (Moderator), Lee Foley, Capitol Hill Partners, Marc Lampkin, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, Michael Higdon, A19 Strategies

12:00 pm - 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 PM OHS General Session: Enrollment

Growing state preschool programs, state-funded 3-K, collaboration with child care...The early childhood landscape is continually changing, presenting Head Start with new challenges and new opportunities. How can we most effectively meet the needs of Head Start's families of today and tomorrow? Join Office of Head Start leadership to delve deep into ERSEA.

2:45 pm - 4:15 PM OHS General Session: Monitoring the New Performance Standards

The arrival of new Head Start Program Performance Standards last year initiated the need for a new, updated monitoring system. Join Office of Head Start leadership to hear about what's in store for monitoring now and in the next year.

4:30 pm - 5:30 PM

Families Unite for Head Start; Hill Day 2017

This year, more than a thousand Head Start parents and leaders join forces to create the biggest Head Start Hill day in history! With the biggest Hill day ever comes the need to coordinate, prepare, and plan for successful visits. Working in teams, we will go over talking points, meeting logistics, and anything else that you might need. This is a great opportunity to hone your messaging and reinforce the importance of the Head Start Advantage.

Speaker: Tommy Sheridan

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Biannual Head Start Town Hall

Join NHSA's Executive Director and Director of Government Affairs for our second NHSA Town Hall. Building on the success of last January's event, this session will be your chance to ask NHSA leadership those burning questions you have on your mind - be it strategy, policy thoughts, or whatever!

   

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM  – 9:30 AM Breakout Sessions:
  • Facilities Financing: Federal Approaches and Local Innovations:

    Over and over, facilities and infrastructure development continue to be a challenge for Head Start programs in every corner of the nation. NHSA has taken note, begun to develop a comprehensive plan to share innovative approaches, and urge Congress to make it easier for programs to improve and expand their facilities. Specifically focusing on financing, this session will highlight some current innovative practices in the community and share some possible policy changes NHSA and its partners are considering.

  • Secretary Price's Priorities: How Health Crises Affect Head Start and How Head Start Can Help

    When he assumed his position last winter, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price declared three main policy priorities (in addition to reform of the Affordable Care Act) for his department. This session will bring together experts in each of the priorities, which include obesity, mental health, and the opioid epidemic, for a conversation about what is going on and how Head Start can help.

  • Immigration Reform: Impacts on Children and Families

    Immigration has long been a hot topic in Washington and across the Head Start community. It has also been a key campaign issue of President Trump, although exactly what the President is going to do remains unclear. This session will explore the current state of the immigration debate in Washington and how it impacts children and families in Head Start.

9:45 AM  – 10:45 AM Breakout Sessions:
  • The Early Childhood Workforce: Challenge or Opportunity?

    Low wages, high-turnover, stress. These are just some of the issues plaguing early childhood educators.This session will explore policies and initiatives designed to support and elevate the early childhood education workforce. We will hear from experts across the country who have implemented strategies to adress these challenges, using both specific and comprehensive approaches. This panel will be moderated by Marica Cox Mitchell from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is working to identify long-term solutions.

  • The Value Curve

    The Health and Human Services Value Curve is a lens-a way of looking at what we do from the point of view of our program participants. The Value Curve lens reinforces our strengths while helping us see our improvement needs more clearly, including the ways we gather and use data within our programs and from our communities. Phil Basso, APHSA's Deputy and leading field consultant for Value Curve progression, will be our guide not only in this orientation but in our efforts to support Value Curve progression through effective governance and change management

  • Issues that Matter: Nutrition, Child Care, and Child Welfare

    Young vulnerable children need nurture, sustenance and support beyond the classroom environment. This session will explore federal policies and legislation that have a significant impact on Head Start programs and the children in them, namely child nutrition, child care and child welfare.

    Speakers: Scott Groginsky, NHSA, Karen Schulman, National Women's Law Center, Geri Henchy, Food Research and Action Center,  Mary Lee Allen, Children's Defense Fund

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions:
  • In-Kind: Leveraging Community Resources

    What is the non-federal share and why is it important to the Head Start model? What are common sources and allowable costs? Come hear from peers who have figured out exactly how to most effectively and most easily meet this requirement

  • Building a Bright Future: Preparing for a Head Start Reauthorization:  

    While a Head Start Act reauthorization is not on the short list of legislative action being considered this fall, NHSA continues to prepare and further develop our policy positions. Participants in this session will learn the status of NHSA's reauthorization work and how they can help ensure that the Head Start community is ready for whenever Congress decides to reauthorize Head Start.

    Speaker(s): Tommy Sheridan

  • Evidence-Based Policy: Engaging with Local And State Leaders

    While progress has been slow for federal policy and legislation, local units of government across the nation have sped up efforts to achieve results and improve government. The session will explore the movement towards evidence-based policymaking on the state and local levels - specifically focusing on how Head Start can plug in and support efforts to improve the results of local and state policies.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Break for Lunch
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout Sessions
  • Partners for Success: A Toolkit for School District Coordination

    Partnerships with schools have wide-ranging benefits for children and families in Head Start programs. This session is an opportunity to hear about NHSA's new toolkit on Head Start and school district coordination, published jointly with the Council of Chief State School Officers, and how the nation's new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can foster stronger linkages between Head Start programs and local schools.

    Speaker(s): Anna White, NHSA,  Scott Groginsky, NHSA, Rolf Grafwallner, Council of Chief State School Officers, Joanie Burke, SEK-CAP, Inc., Brenda Tanner, Orange County Public Schools

  • Building a Culture of Continuous Quality Improvement through Embedded Professional Development

    One of the most prominent changes of the new Program Performance Standards was to double down on continuous quality improvement at the grantee level. But how can program leaders accomplish this cultural and system change? Experts from Educare will share their experience with building a culture of quality improvement within their network, including how they began and where they are in the process currently. NHSA will then present the new Quality Improvement toolkits that can assist programs in beginning or continuing their own CQI efforts.

    Speaker(s): Nicole Kreller, Educare Learning Network, Thomas Whitfield, Educare New Orleans, Victoria Jones, NHSA
     

  • Leadership Survival Skills: Managing Polarities in Your Program (and life) Part 1

    Consider where you stand:

    • As a manager, do you waver between being directive vs. exercising participative management - do you precisely instruct staff on how to execute a project or invite them to shape it?
    • As the program leader are you torn between cutting slots and paying your teachers more?
    • As a parent, do you find yourself negotiating the effectiveness of gentle vs. tough love?

    These are all polarities. They exist in organizations where staff and leaders are caught between important goals at odds with one another. The workshop leader, Abby Yanow is a Leadership and Organizational Development (OD) Consultant as well as an Executive Coach.

    In the interactive 2-hour session, you will have a chance to:

    • Consider the Polarity Management Model and how to best use it.
    • Apply the model to the specific polarities shared by workshop participants in their organizations and personal lives.
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Breakout Sessions 
  • Issues That Matter: Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA

    At the national level, when we think about health, we all know that the past year has been full of ups and downs. At the same time, the intersection of health and Head Start is an ever-evolving area. The one constant that remains is the importance of health to the success of our children and families. Come hear from two of DC's best experts about what's happening on the national level and what might be in store for the future.
     
  • PFCE and Data: Measuring and Improving Your Parent Engagement Efforts

    Participants will learn how to improve their PFCE efforts using NHSA’s new tool, Parent Gauge™. Participants will learn about the tool and its reports, and how to use the information provided to measure their engagement efforts and apply the findings to their programs using the quality improvement framework.
     
  • Leadership Survival Skills: Managing Polarities in Your Program (and life) Part 2

    Consider where you stand:

  • As a manager, do you waver between being directive vs. exercising participative management - do you precisely instruct staff on how to execute a project or invite them to shape it?
  • As the program leader are you torn between cutting slots and paying your teachers more?
  • As a parent, do you find yourself negotiating the effectiveness of gentle vs. tough love?

    ​These are all polarities. They exist in organizations where staff and leaders are caught between important goals at odds with one another. The workshop leader, Abby Yanow is a Leadership and Organizational Development (OD) Consultant as well as an Executive Coach.

In the interactive 2-hour session, you will have a chance to:

  • Consider the Polarity Management Model and how to best use it.
  • Apply the model to the specific polarities shared by workshop participants in their organizations and personal lives.
4:30 pm – 6:30 PM The Head Start Advantage Documentary On The Big Screen

This 18-minute documentary film explores the lives of Head Start children, parents, teachers, and alumni working to envision and create a better world for all Americans. Watch the film and you’ll get to know Head Start families throughout the country and see first-hand how the program has given more than 33 million Americans a he their education.

5:30 pm – 7:00 PM Sign Making
   

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

7:00 am – 10:30 Am Transportation to Capitol Hill
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Rally: Families Unite for Head Start
Afternoon Hill Visits
4:30 -- 5:30 PM Hill Visits Debrief
   

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

8:30 AM – 11:00 Am Greetings and Updates from the Administration

Per tradition, we'll start the final day of the Leadership Institute by spending the morning with the Office of Head Start leadership. But first, you will have a chance to hear from the ACF Deputy Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner. Following his address, the OHS team will update you on the work going on over at OHS, answer questions, and prepare you to be a messenger and leader back home.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Plenary: Taking the Institute Home