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Developing and Utilizing Your Community Assessment

By Dr. Charlotte Hendricks, President
Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc.

and By Michele B. Pettibone
PBMAST Services, LLC

Members: $150
Non-Members: $170
Capacity: 30

Each Head Start program must conduct a comprehensive community assessment within its service area once every three years, plus the annual update – it’s a routine event. How can you revitalize this process and integrate strategic planning to benefit your program? Is your Community Assessment aligned with the current OHS Community Assessment Matrix? Does it increase your competiveness for state and local funding?

During this hands-on workshop, you will walk through a five-step process in developing a comprehensive community assessment within your service area. We will give you the tools for an effective assessment process whether serving single or multiple counties, or urban and rural.  We will guide you in aligning information as outlined in the Community Assessment Matrix and other agency guidelines.

During the morning session you will identify relevant questions and data to meet requirements and enhance strategic planning. Explore ways to involve staff, families, and community members as you develop your work plan, survey clients, utilize focus groups, and identify resources.

In the afternoon session, you will identify challenges, explore practical and cost-effective solutions to data collection, evaluate sources for validity and reliability, and analyze and categorize data. We will demonstrate comparisons of data to answer program questions and enhance strategic planning.


Understanding the CLASS Instructional Support Domain and Providing Feedback to Teachers

By Teachstone (Sarah Hadden and Mary-Margaret Gardiner)

Members: $180
Non-Members: $200
Capacity: 50

During this one-day workshop, Head Start leaders will gain an in-depth understanding of the CLASS Instructional Support domain within the context of the larger CLASS framework and explore how to effectively provide feedback to teachers as a springboard for teacher professional growth. This workshop will help Head Start leaders better support their staff in improving their interactions and scores, particularly within Instructional Support, and it is ideal for Head Start leaders who are conducting or planning to conduct their own observations at the individual classroom level. Current CLASS observer certification or a high level of CLASS content knowledge are recommended.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the CLASS™ system and where the CLASS measure fits within it
  • Deepen understanding of effective interactions within the CLASS Instructional Support domain
  • Understand how to ensure fair, accurate, useful CLASS data
  • Learn how observation and data collection models align with various needs
  • Explore recommendations for collecting classroom-level data and using it to improve teaching practice
  • Review recommendations for providing feedback to teachers and practice providing feedback to teachers
  • Learn strategies for supporting teachers as they increase the effectiveness of their interactions within the Instructional Support domain
  • Reflect on characteristics of effective professional development within their organizations
  • Collaborate to outline goals for strengthening professional development within their organizations

Governance: Effective Practices for Program Leadership

By Michela M. Perrone, Ph.D.
MMP Associates

Read an Article on Governance (PDF)

Members: $150
Non-Members: $170
Capacity: 40

The effectiveness of Board of Directors depends on the members' understanding and consistent fulfillment of their functions and responsibilities.

Effective Boards govern by determining the mission, directions and strategies of their Head Start program, and by providing oversight over programs, fiscal matters, staff leadership, and legal and regulatory compliance. These are the Board's legal obligations.

Effective Boards do not only govern, they also support their Head Start programs, by volunteering, providing advice, representing the program, and raising and contributing funds. The support functions are the Board's moral obligations.

Effective Boards have a productive partnership with the senior leadership and manage this relationship with trust and respect.

Effective Boards develop and implement an accountability system which ensures the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Effective Board members adhere to the three individual legal standards of care, loyalty and obedience.

During this highly interactive session offered especially to Board leaders and members, the participants will learn and discuss best practices in Boards' fulfillment of their legal and moral obligations, as well as in managing their partnership with the Executive Director. They will focus on examples of the work of most effective Boards, as well as reflect on lessons learned, red flags, and mistakes Boards occasionally made. Participants will engage in an exercise which will reveal the best strategies to motivate Board members to consistently engage in supporting their Head Start program.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the Board's legal and moral obligations and how they are fulfilled effectively
  • Develop a sample "board member agreement" based on the three legal standards 
  • Develop a motivational plan for their own Board   


Program Monitoring and Management for Impact

Aaron Lieberman,
Acelero Learning

Members: $150
Non-Members: $170
Capacity: 60

Head Start program leaders are facing higher expectations for program performance every year. Help your program build a culture focused on using accurate, actionable data to make meaningful decisions and achieve great outcomes for children and families.

As a special in-person tie-in to our Innovations for Impact: Program Design and Management Directors' Webinar Series - offered in partnership with NHSA -- Acelero Learning invites Head Start Directors and program leadership to a special one-day session on Program Monitoring and Management for Impact.

By participating in this training, participants will:

  • Understand the Achievement Gap -- and how Head Start programs can work in partnership with families to close it
  • Become familiar with the Manage by Information and Manage by Outcomes tools
  • Use case studies to consider concrete examples of how program leadership can use reports to target potential problems and troubleshoot specific issues within their program
  • Learn how to use data to drive your annual planning and self-assessment process