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Annual Conference
Manager and Director Academy
June 29 - July 2, 2015

Schedule at a Glance

8:00 – 8:45 am Registration & Networking
8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome & Introductions
9:00 – 10:30 am Cornerstone presentation by selected experts
  Day 1 – Relational Leadership
  Day 2 - Management Systems "Nuts and Bolts"
  Day 3 – 5 Year Grant, Maximizing Self-Assessment
  Day 4 - Data, Data, Data
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm Cornerstone presentation by selected experts
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch on your own
1:15 – 1:30 pm Reflections on the morning
1:30 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Experienced Managers and Directors
  Day 1 – Relational Leadership Practices
  Day 2 –Case Studies – Management Systems
  Day 3 – Case Studies – Staff Development, Impact Measurement, Community Partnerships
  Day 4 – Data and Environments, Data and Human Resources, Data and Instructional Practices
3:00 – 3:15 pm Transition to large group
3:15 – 4:45 pm Closing Session
  Day 1 - NHSa Public Policy Update
  Day 2 – DRS 2015: Issues and Trends
  Day 3 – Richard J. Noriega (Keynote)
  Day 4 – No Closing Session Scheduled


Day 1 Overview


Head Start’s evolution over the past 50 years has been guided by strong and steadfast leadership that has consistently responded to the demand to ready children for school and families for self-sufficiency. The first day of the Academy is focused on building leadership from within, with agile senior leaders/managers, an engaged and involved Board of Directors, and strong succession planning in support of the next generation of Head Start’s leadership.

Day 2 Overview

Management systems provide a framework for the inner workings of an organization, and serve as the basis upon which the desired program outcomes and impacts are realized. The second day of the Academy is focused on building staff knowledge of how management systems support high-quality and consistent services for children and families. The sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of experienced leaders and managers, as well as those staff who are new to leadership and management. A series of case studies on how systems impact program services and financial solvency will follow.

Day 3 Overview

As Head Start programs continue to move into the five year grant cycle, it is an opportunity to evaluate how the program measures and reports out on program outcomes and impacts. The third day of the Academy will build the capacity of your team to meet the demands of the five year grant and increase the program’s articulation of progress made in both the delivery of program services and management systems. We will also spend time discussing partnerships and subcontractors, including delegate agencies and EHS-Child Care Partnership programs, in the context of the five year grant and ongoing program improvement.

Day 4 Overview

The final day of the Academy will focus on the interpretation, analysis, and use of data in program decision-making. Special focus will be on the use of data to inform child development practices in the classroom and home setting, as well as the use of data in human resources management, including professional development.