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February 1 - 4, 2016
2016 Winter Leadership Institute
"The Next Generation of Commitment"

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, February 1st

8:30 - 12:30 Pre-Institute Sessions
1:00 - 2:00 Making the Most of Your Institute: WLI Orientation
3:00 - 4:00 Opening Session
4:15 - 5:15 Navigating 2015: Today's Political Climate
5:30 - 6:30 Opening Reception: Recognizing Our Success

Tuesday, February 2nd

8:30 - 9:30 Change Leadership
9:45 - 11:00 Strengthening Values Through Change: Lessons from Other Fields
11:15 - 12:30 Head Start Leading Change: Insights from our Field
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 - 3:00 Breakout Sessions:
Preschool Development Grants 2.0: What Does It Mean for Head Start
What to Expect for Your Congressional Visits
Leveraging New Resources for Mental Health
3:15 - 4:15 Breakout Sessions:
Innovative Approaches to Funding Facilities
Standing Up for Parents in the Revised Standards
The Marketing Advantage: Customer Success through Head Start
4:30 - 5:30 Our Commitment, Their Future

Wednesday, February 3rd

9:30 - 10:30 Congressional Breakfast -- The Next Generation of Committment: Head Start on the Hill
10:30 - 4:00 Hill Visits
4:00 - 9:00 Board Meeting
5:00 - 6:00 EHS - CC Partnership Meet Up

Thursday, February 4th

8:30 - 9:45 Building Resilient Communities: Wellness for You and Your Staff
10:00 - 12:00 The Latest from the Office of Head Start
10:00 - 12:00 Parent Meet-Up: Your Week In Review


Full Session Descriptions


Making the Most of Your Institute: WLI Orientation

The Winter Leadership Institute is intentionally designed to bring some of our nation’s most innovative and leading thinkers, policymakers, and self-identified ‘change agents’ in front of you, the Head Start leadership to help advance you, your community, and Head Start as a whole. While this concentration of information and conversations is part of what makes the Institute so great, we recognize that many of the new names, concepts, proposals and terms can be daunting. To help you make the most of your institute join us before the full Institute begins for this WLI Orientation. We will explore why each topic and presenter was chosen, what to listen for in each session, and what we think are some of the key themes.

Opening Session

We kick off the Institute, and NHSA’s book club, with a keynote from Dr. Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. Dr Shafir’s research explores the psychology of scarcity and how it reveals the hidden complexities of life in poverty. It has particular relevance given the demands on both time and energy many Head Start staff experience in their work and the stresses of poverty that affect all the families with whom we work. Dr. Shafir will offer valuable insights and spur thoughtful discussions about behavioral economics in times of scarcity.

Navigating 2016: Today’s Political Climate

With unexpected figures rising to the top of the 2016 polls, sudden new leadership in the House of Representatives, and continued partisan conflict, it can be difficult to make sense of a constantly shifting political climate. Are Congress and President Obama actually going to do anything in their last year together? How will the elections affect us? What do the candidates think about early learning? What is at the top of mind for our Members of Congress? Presenters include respected reporters who will help us understand what is actually going on in politics and what we need to know to make it through 2016 well-equipped for the coming elections.

Change Leadership

As unforeseen obstacles constantly jump out at us, familiar systems appear stagnant and boring, and every day new stresses and challenges arise, the thought of embracing (or even leading) change can be overwhelming. How can we as leaders take charge to control, enact, and make change last? In this session, learn how to become an adaptive leader who can move past stumbling blocks and enable the capacity to thrive.

Strengthening Values Through Change: Lessons from Other Fields

In a world of ever-present uncertainty, positive change can come from unexpected, unwanted, and even unknown sources. How can we take change, wanted or unwanted, and use it as an opportunity to adapt and succeed? Learn how other fields met, led, and adapted to change.

Head Start Leading Change: Insights from our Field

Continuing our conversation about change, how can we apply what we have learned to Head Start? How can and has Head Start enacted change amidst resistance and competing responsibilities? Hear from leaders in the Head Start field about how they have adapted and enacted change in their programs.

Breakout Sessions

1A. Preschool Development Grants 2.0: What Does It Mean for Head Start

With the varying success of the Pre-School Development and Expansion grants, the prospect of a new version, created in the December, 2015 elementary and secondary education reauthorization, is alarming. This session will not only explain what the new preschool development grants will entail, but will discuss different ways preschool development grants are used and how states have successfully managed them through collaboration and coordination.

1B. What to Expect for Your Congressional Visits

Meeting with Members of Congress and their staff can be intimidating, especially for new advocates. This session will offer practical information on what to expect during your time on Capitol Hill and offer important suggestions in order to successfully engage with your Members of Congress.

1C. Leveraging New Resources for Mental Health

Programs around the country consistently report the increasing need for stronger and expanded mental health support services for their children, their families, and their staff. Hear from national experts and program leaders about new and innovative funding approaches to getting the mental health infrastructure you need.

2A. Innovative Approaches to Funding Facilities

A second issue that presents a great deal of frustration for programs across the nation is the funding of facilities given limited resources. In this session, hear about unique and creative ways programs have funded facilities and learn more about various opportunities for funding facilities that you might explore in your community.

2B. Standing Up for Parents in the Revised Standards

Head Start parents have been integral to the success of Head Start since its creation in 1965. Causing concern to many in our community, the proposed performance standards will reduce the role parents will have in our programs. In light of these proposed standards, how do we ensure that Head Start parents remain involved and engaged in all elements of the program? This session will explore advocacy in this area and how you can help to strengthen parent’s important role in the program for years to come.

2C. The Marketing Advantage: Customer Success through Head Start

Communicating and marketing effectively is critical to the long term success of any business, association, or organization. In this session, hear from marketing expert Ronnie Goodstein about how to develop compelling communications, review marketing frameworks that will apply to your Head Start program, and learn how to make your customer approaches successful.

Building Resilient Communities: Wellness for You and Your staff

One of the most essential, yet challenging aspects of leading a high-impact service organization is ensuring the wellbeing of your staff. While being consumed by the needs of children and families, it is easy to overlook the needs of those providing the services. In this session, learn effective strategies for promoting mental health and wellness and creating a more harmonious and resilient organization.

The Latest from the Office of Head Start

The final morning of the Institute will be dedicated to getting the latest information straight from the leadership at the Office of Head Start. The OHS team will share important information that will deepen your Head Start knowledge and prepare you to be a messenger and leader back home. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity for the Head Start field to partner with the Office of Head Start to ensure that all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed.

Parent Meet-Up: Your Week in Review

Closing out a full and stimulating week, this session will offer the chance to reflect and discuss your takeaways from the week of sessions and share highlights from your meetings with Members of Congress. You will also be able to discuss concrete next steps in your program and community.