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June 27 – 30, 2016
2016 Manager and Director Academy
The Next Generation of Leadership

Who Should Attend?

Agency senior staff, including, but not limited to, managers and directors of Family and Community Partnerships, Finance, Education, Health & Nutrition, Human Resources, and Program Support.


This event will be held at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

About the 2016 Academy

The National Head Start Association is pleased to announce our 2016 Manager & Director Academy, June 27 – June 30, 2016, in Minneapolis, MN. Our theme this year is "The Next Generation of Leadership."

The 2016 MDA will focus on critical issues facing Head Start programs of all sizes throughout the United States. In collaboration with NHSA’s Professional Development staff, the content is shaped by MDA advisor Kristen Hayes. Under the direction of skilled moderators, the Academy features a wide variety of presenters with expertise in content and areas of strategic importance to Head Start leaders.  This approach will provide new and experienced teams of executive directors, directors, fiscal staff, human resources and content area managers opportunities to drill down on strategic issues.  Key topics covered in the past have included Leadership, Human Resources, Head Start Operations Systems Development, and Outcomes Based Management.

NHSA encourages teams to attend. Team discounts are available.

Continuing Education Units will be available.


“NHSA’s 2015 Manager and Director Academy provided engaging and interactive opportunities to reflect and assess our program and our team. The emphasis on Practice-Based Coaching, and Relational Leadership offered creative and inspiring ways to build dynamic teams. In addition, we were treated to a session on using data to drive program decision making and left energized and motivated to implement strong systems focusing on integrated services and high quality programming. The Manager and Director Academy was stimulating, educational and thought provoking. Each of our team members left excited to implement the strategies and techniques from the Academy.”

Mary M. Gunning, MSW
Director, Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore City
Participant, 2015 Academy