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June 26 - 29, 2017
National Head Start Manager and Director Academy
Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday (6/26)

Connecting with our Strengths

 

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

9:15AM - 10:45AM

General Session: Liquid Leadership - Developing the Skills to Lead

This motivational session will connect participants with their potential and identify opportunities for growth in work and in life: generational changes, technology, collaborations, connections, marketing, social media, and more! This session will equip attendees with tools to bridge the gap from good to wow!

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Workshop: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (Part 1)

At the heart of almost every performance and leadership issue, when teams are struggling to build cohesiveness and success, is a connecting issue. This session prepares new and experienced managers to get their teams in sync and moving in one direction to achieve superior results. Anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. Participants will learn the five principles of developing the crucial skill of connecting including finding common ground, keeping communication simple, capturing people's interest, inspiring people, and staying authentic in all relationships.

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Workshop: Building Strong Teams (Part 1)

Developing cohesive, efficient, and focused teams is a challenging task! The key to success is connecting with each member's strengths and using a common language to better understand one's self and adapt behaviors with others - within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or in other relationships. In this workshop, participants will learn about the DISC profiles (behavior and personality assessment), increasing their self-knowledge about how to respond to conflict, what motivates them, what causes stress, and how to solve problems. Attendees will improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members; facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict; manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members; and become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded, and effective leaders.

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Workshop: Who said Data? (Part 1)

Everyone is talking about data! This session will provide participants tools to understand what data can be collected and used for organizational development, continuous improvement of program operations--including monitoring--and how to incorporate it into 5-year planning. This course will take participants on a journey of vision and growth to develop teams and strengthen the approach of using data as a tool for success.

12:30-1:15PM

Lunch Break

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (Part2)

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Building Strong Teams (Part 2)

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Who said Data? (Part 2)

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Data on Program Level: Beginning to End Cycle

A discussion of strategies on how is data used most effectively throughout the program planning cycle, understanding what is good data to provide your checks and balances in the process; and how can you integrate other sources of data into your program to support your planning process from beginning to end.

4:15PM - 4:45PM

Closing General Session: Policy Updates

This motivational session is designed to recap the day's activities focusing on lessons learned and celebrating successes.

4:45PM - 6:00PM

Tour and Reception at Utah Community Action’s Central Kitchen

Optional ticketed event

On Monday evening, witness an entrepreneurial venture by Utah Community Action’s Head Start program: a commercial kitchen providing valuable skills in culinary employment, nutrition, cost management, resume preparation and interviewing.

Additionally, hear how this enterprise was born and grown to serve over 3,000 meals daily. Experience their passion for serving high quality, affordable, nutritious meals to children within their program and to other community organizations. Indulge in some tasty fare yourself over drinks at a fun, end of day reception! Tickets include round trip transportation to the kitchen.

 


 

Tuesday (6/27)

Growing from our Strengths

 

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

9:15AM - 10:00AM

General Session: Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - What every leader has to remember about the process!

While times change and technology marches forward, the principles of leadership are constant and stand the test of time. There are four ideas to keep in mind as we explore these leadership principles: 1. The laws can be learned. Some are easier to understand to apply than others, but every one of them can be mastered. 2. The laws can stand alone. Each law complements all the others, but you don't need one in order to learn another. 3. The laws carry consequences. If you ignore them, you will be unable to lead well. If you implement them, people will follow you. 4. These laws are the foundation of leadership. Once you learn the laws, you have to apply them to your life to achieve your full potential as a leader.

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Workshop: Leadership Gold! (Part 1)

There is a time to manage and a time to lead. Let's get to know the difference between the two. Leadership is a skill you can learn and use daily. This course will teach managers the fundamental skills they need to lead their teams to success. It is designed for new and experienced leaders who want to be successful influencers. Smart leaders learn from their own mistakes. Smarter ones learn from others' mistakes and successes. This training is based on 26 leadership lessons, including 1. The toughest person to lead is always yourself. 2. The best leaders are listeners. 3. A leader's first responsibility is to define reality. 4. Keep your mind on the main thing. 5. Keep learning to keep leading 6. People quit people, not organizations. 7. The choices you make, make you. 8. Few leaders are successful unless a lot of people want them to be.

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Workshop: Becoming a Person of Influence (Part 1)

While management might include position and authority, becoming a leader is about building influence with those around us. This session addresses the ten key areas one must focus upon in order to become a leader that others follow because they want to rather than because they have to. Positive influencers add value to other people. This helps create an environment where managers see their employees respond with new enthusiasm, department leaders see their teams blossom, and salespeople break records. 

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Workshop: Data-driven decisions - What do all these numbers mean? (Part 1)

This session will provide participants a better understanding of how to identify what data to collect and strategies for analysis to support the decision-making process.

12:00-1:15PM

Lunch Break

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Leadership Gold! (Part 2)

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Becoming a Person of Influence (Part 2)

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Data-driven decisions - What do all these numbers mean? (Part 2)

3:00 - 4:00PM

Program Governance: Taking full advantage

A conversation about how to maximize the efficacy of your governing board, policy council and parent committee; including what information is shared, collaboration engagement, ideation, debate, and conflict resolution.

3:00-4:00PM

Enhancing the Parent Experience: Why Us?

In this session, presenters will lead a discussion on how to engage parents as partners for success. The discussion will focus how to deliver experiences that will shape parents into empowered leaders considering the different scenarios and generational characteristics (including millennials!) throughout their participation--from recruitment to transition to Kindergarten. This session includes as an added bonus, the sneak peak of the PFCE Tool!

3:00-4:00PM

Mapping: An excellent source of data!

A discussion of how data can be mapped to show the big picture of neighborhoods, communities, and regional levels and identify trends of children and families' strengths and challenges.

4:15PM - 4:30PM

Closing General Session - Growing from our strengths

Motivational session designed to recap on the day's activities focusing on the lessons learned and the celebration of successes.

Documentary screening with Innovation Summit

 


 

Wednesday (6/28)

Leading with our Strengths

 

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

9:15AM - 10:30AM

General Session: Intentional Leadership - Focusing on results

Participants will both engage in the process of choosing to be an intentional leader and learn how to use the skills gained through the Academy to focus on strengthening their 5-year Application Process.

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Joint General Session with Innovation Summit

12:00PM - 1:15PM

Lunch Break

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: LeadMAX - Emotional Intelligence at best!

In this session, participants will identify key factors that enable the development of sustainable leadership and explore the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and sustainable leadership. Participants will also identify at least one next step to take toward sustainable leadership.

1:15PM - 2:45PM

Workshop: Coaching and Leading - The journey of the 5-Year Application.

The goal for this session is for participants to have a better understanding of coaching as a skill in the tool box of every leader. Participants will learn the benefits of developing and promoting growth--for themselves and their teams--using a coaching approach focusing on the 5-Year Application process.

3:00PM - 4:00PM

ESSA Toolkit: Developing Collaboration Agreements with Local School Systems

A discussion on how your program can engage in the development of effective agreements/MOUs with the local school system to facilitate transitions/benefits for parents and children based on the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

3:00PM - 4:00PM

The Head Start Advantage

A discussion about understanding, analyzing, and communicating Head Start National data with program’s outcome data. The goal of the session is for participants to understand the importance of communicating data to show impact, progress, and to support program growth.

4:15PM - 4:30PM

Closing General Session - Leading with our strengths

Motivational session designed to recap the day's activities focusing on lessons learned and the celebration of successes.

 

Thursday (6/29)

It's all about the next step!

 

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration

Welcome guests and complete registration.

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Welcome Remarks

 

9:15AM - 10:15AM

General Session: Start with the why and be a trailblazer!

Participants will engage in a reflection process to identify the strengths, collaborations, and resources of their organizations and how to use them to improve the quality of services for children and families beyond their 5-year Application.

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Workshop: CLASS Through a New Lens: Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

Workshop: CLASS Through a New Lens: Performance Evaluation Pitfalls

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Workshop: A Journey of Quality Improvement

James Anderson will share the story of the organization's quality improvement journey, including the need for the process, warning signs other organizations should be alert of, what the process looked like, key data metrics, data sources, data analytics; and how all that became part of strategic and intentional solutions.

10:15AM - 12:00PM

Data Analytics & Visuals

Head Start programs are sitting on a wealth of data.  Hear about how one program was able to tap this treasure, from the expert who helped convert it to illuminating visuals and stories that have enabled program managers to measure their effectiveness and better serve children and families while positioning their programs to meet and exceed the newly released Head Start Program Performance Standards.

12:15-12:45PM

Closing General Session - Engagement, from here to there!

This session will recap the day's activities, focusing on lessons learned and celebrating successes.