Site Directors & Management Academy 

November 28 - November 30, 2018

When

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM CST
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Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST

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Where

IHSA Training Room 
3435 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
 

 
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Registration Fees:

Member Registration Fee: $395 per person

5 or more Registration from the same Agency—$370

Non-Member Registration Fee—$545

Registration fee includes: Wednesday - Afternoon Break / Thursday - lite continental breakfast and lunch / Friday - lite continental breakfast and lunch

Contact

Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 
miocca@ilheadstart.org 

Barbara Becker   STG    Barbara.Becker@etas.stginternational.com

Hotel Information

If you need a sleeping room, IHSA recommends the following hotels that are close to the IHSA Training Facility:

Courtyard by Marriott / 3462 Freedom Drive / 217-793-5300

Fairfield Inn / 3446 Freedom Drive / 217-793-9277

Staybridge Suites / 4231 Schooner Dr / 217-793-6700

Hampton Inn and  Suites / 2300 Chuckwagon Dr. / 217-793-7670

 

lead trainers

Ericka Williams, M.Ed; Director of Family Services

Ericka Williams is the Manager of Family and Child Support Services for Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet, Early Childhood Services Division (Early Head Start and Head Start). She is responsible for overseeing the social services component areas on a daily basis which includes managing the center’s transportation, child care, father engagement, family engagement, policy council, PROMIS data base, ReadyRosie date base, program eligibility, monitoring and maintaining reports and a center director. Ericka has a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Family & Community Services and is currently working on a Master Degree in Social Work with a specialization in addiction. Ericka strongly believes that young children and families are the future of our nation's society. She feels that it is the responsibility of all Early Childhood Educators to nurture, motivate and educate parents in understanding the impact of their positive parenting in their children's lives. Ericka loves helping and encouraging children, families and staff to be knowledgeable of their

Yolanda Winfrey, MSSW, CAPSW, Co-owner and President, Freystyle by Winfrey, LLC.

Yolanda Winfrey, a past Head Start Child and a past Head Start Parent (Our son Douglas is a Head Start Alumni as well) has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years. She has held various positions including Head Start/Early Childhood Director and Chief Talent and Organizational Development Officer. Yolanda has a Master's Degree in Education (Early Childhood) from Concordia University Wisconsin, a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of WisconsinMadison, and an Advanced Practice Social Work Certification from the

State of Wisconsin. In 2013, Yolanda received an award from the Milwaukee Community Journal for her Contributions Towards Making Our Community Stronger (in the area of Education).

Yolanda combines her educational background, knowledge and skills with that of her experiences as a past Head Start Child and a past Head Start Parent to perspective and approach to her work in this field. Yolanda is experienced in systems development; management systems, policies and implementation practices; providing training and technical assistance to administrators, board members, managers, staff, and programs in program design and service delivery; grant writing; and customized consulting services. The perspective Yolanda provides has led to numerous, positive and innovative approaches that has helped her program and others develop and ignite the passion in their work to improve outcomes for children, families, staff, and organizations

 

Whether your job title is Site Director, Center Director, Center Manager, Center Director, Education Manager or some variation thereof, THIS ACADEMY IS DESIGNED SPECIALLY FOR YOU WITH YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS IN MIND!!!

Many who serve in this position (or desire to serve in the future) must work to engage all site stakeholders (staff, children, parents, administrators, community members/partners) from various skill levels, backgrounds, and experiences. You serve as a mentor, coach, support system, and you must keep staff motivated all while ensuring you have the infrastructure (both physical and mental) in place to yield positive outcomes for children and families. IHSA has recognized these challenges and has partnered with Ericka Williams and Yolanda Winfrey, two very experienced senior level Head Start managers and trainers/consultant to provide you with an intensive, hands-on, high-energy, engaging, skill & knowledge-building 2 days Academy.

This experience will not end with the academy, there will also be a follow-up webinar and an organizational design/capstone project that will aid in making this a more personal and relevant experience that you can continue when you return home to your agencies.

Here are 5 reasons to invest your valuable time and join us November 28-30, 2018:

1- Gain a better understanding of leadership style and how it impacts change, positively influences others, and cultivates a high performing work culture.

2- Gain support in developing a healthy (work and wellness) balance while setting appropriate boundaries (especially with former peers), developing your own style, and transitioning into the supervisory role.

3- Receive tools and strategies to understand, demonstrate and implement strategies to realize the vision, mission, program goals and objectives. Gain an understanding of and build skills in systems integration, critical and strategic thinking skills as you learn how all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together to ensure high quality curriculum and instruction is occurring within safe and conducive learning environments.

4- Develop and enhance the skills needed to establish a positive culture of inclusion and diversity treating all with dignity and respect.

5- Enhance skills in creating systems for effective and impactful family engagement through establishing partnerships and involving key stakeholders that nurture engagement and support.

We hope to see you there!

 

The Site Directors Academy is comprised of six unique modules for each attendee to gain knowledge.  The training setting breaks the groups down to smaller teams so that participants may dialogue over challenges and strategies, participate and reflect on experiential exercises and plan actions steps for application of new knowledge.

The six modules are as follows:

 

Module 1: Leadership

Leadership practices are the strategies and processes that promote professional and interagency collaboration, advocacy, and systems change. By the end of the Module 1 participants will be able to: 1. Consider ways that the function of leadership is different from other work they do. 2. Identify opportunities to lead, regardless of the position they hold in your organization.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Understand the role as leaders can make a positive impact in their program, their home organization, and their community. Effective leaders engage in lifelong processes of development, that create nourishing work environments and explores the importance of knowing your “personal leadership self.”
  • Learning Outcome 2: Build up effective leadership and development so the participant can be encouraged to reflect on their own leadership style. So they can build upon personal strengths, and to explore leadership tools and resources that complement their personal style.

Module 2: Program Operations

Program operations is the big picture view of the organization. It is designed to provide participants with tools and strategies to understand, demonstrate, and implement strategies to realize the vision, mission, goals and objectives. It will provide participants with the tools needed to understand the organizational design which will yield results. By the end of the Module 2 participants will be able to: 1. Explore and examine the organization vision and mission and the connection to the goals and objectives; 2. Strengthen their ability to look at strategic planning through a different lens to better understand organizational design, the importance of on-going monitoring and program operations; 3. Better understand of how they deal with change and their communication style and its implications and impact on overall program operations, including staff development.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Explore and examine the organization vision and mission and the connection to the goals and objectives;
  • Learning Outcome 2 Strengthen their ability to look at strategic planning through a different lens to better understand organizational design and program operations;
  • Learning Outcome 3: Participants will better understand how they deal with change, their communication style and its implications and impact on overall program operations, including staff development.

Module 3: Supervision

Leadership practices are the strategies and processes that promote professional and interagency collaboration, advocacy, and systems change.

By the end of the Module 3 participants will be able to: 1. Understand how to effectively manage staff development efforts. 2. Increase their knowledge of effective relationship-building practices. 3. Understand that supervision should improve the quality of practice, support the development of integrated working and ensure continuing professional development.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Supervision must enable and support workers to build effective professional relationships, develop good practice, and exercise both professional judgement and discretion in decision-making.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Understanding the standard for good supervision practice and its core part of competences for leaders and managers

Module 4: Community Building

Community Building is designed to support participants in developing the ability to establish a positive culture of inclusion and diversity treating all with dignity and respect. It is further designed to create systems for effective and impactful family engagement through establishing partnerships and involving key stakeholders that nurture engagement and support.

By the end of the Module 4 participants will be able to: 1. Understand the importance of creating a culture of diversity and inclusion 2. Build effective systems to approach their work with compassion, dignity and respect while strengthening their ability effectively engage all families and staff.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Understand the importance of creating a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Learning Outcome 2: Build effective systems to approach their work with compassion, dignity and respect while strengthening their ability effectively engage all families.

Module 5: Building a Cohesive Team

Building a cohesive team is why some site directors may be hesitant to step in, it is a must when team members are experiencing conflict. We will show by assisting in conflict resolution, site directors can ensure that these conflicts don’t hurt the overall team dynamic.

By the end of the Module 5 participants will be able to: 1. Understand how to plan a partnership. 2. Know how to improve teamwork to increase group cohesion and effectiveness 3. Know how to align the group so they share the same purpose and goals.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Supervision must enable and support workers to build effective professional relationships, develop good practice, and exercise both professional judgement and discretion in decision-making.

Module 6: Systems Integration

Systems Integration is designed to support participants in developing the ability to make informed, quality decisions and create an effective culture of continuous improvement and evolution through the strategic use of data that works across systems. This module provides another approach to the big picture view of the organization and dive deeper to implement strategies across all areas (i.e. classrooms, facilities, HR, technology, communications, etc.).

By the end of the Module 6 participants will be able to: 1. Design and implement strategies for continuous improvement and evolution (growth); 2. Strengthen their ability effectively utilize and engage all staff in the self-assessment process and improve the participants ability to create effective monitoring systems and systems of accountability 3. Better understand how integrated systems impact overall program operations, including staff development and outcomes.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Design and implement strategies for continuous improvement and evolution (growth);
  • Learning Outcome 2: Strengthen their ability effectively utilize and engage all staff in the self-assessment process and improve the participants ability to create effective monitoring systems and systems of accountability
  • Learning Outcome 3: Better understand how integrated systems impact overall program operations, including staff development and outcomes.