Site Directors Academy



June 11 – 13, 2019 –  San Francisco, CA

Academy Overview

Creating your own leadership style, bringing out the best in others and building a cohesive team: These are some of the skills you will learn at the Site Directors Academy. The program is designed to help leaders develop strategies to lead effectively and maintain high performing teams in the midst of turbulent external and internal organizational change.

This academy targets individuals responsible for the oversight of one or more child development centers to help them align the operations of each site with the goals of the organization. Region 9 Head Start Association, in partnership with InnoVisions, a social enterprise of Neighborhood House Association, has created this three-day, six-module, intensive training to provide the following:

  • Skills training in leadership, supervision, community building, systems integration, and program operations.
  • Collaborative, adult learning experience with professional trainers, seasoned small group facilitators, and peer-to peer-networking.
  • Extended learning webinars to reinforce content and action plans.
  • Capstone activity addressing site-specific challenges.

 Six Module Intensive

  • Module 1; Personal Skills – Character and Professionalism – Site Directors set the tone for the center. This session is designed to support participants in developing a healthy mindset, demeanor and boundaries essential to establishing a solid foundation for effective supervision and leadership. Lean more.
  • Module 2:  Supervision – Developing an Effective Leadership Style – This session is designed to support participants in enhancing their insight and ability to make quality decisions, develop effective relationships, positively influence others, and cultivate a high performing work culture. Personality type and style differences will be explored. Lean more.
  • Module 3:  Accountability – Performance Management – This session is designed to improve participants’ ability to manage resources, supervise, and develop employees’ performance. Lean more.
  • Module 4:  Relations & Engagement – Cultural Humility & Effectiveness – This session is designed to advance participants’ cultural humility and sensitivity; conflict management; and parent engagement skills. Lean more.
  • Module 5:  Curriculum High Quality Instruction – This session is designed to provide participants with tools and to strengthen their ability to design and implement strategies necessary to ensure teachers continuously sharpen their teaching skills and weave in and carryout evidence-based curriculum activities in their lesson plans that are appropriate for the children served. Lean more.
  • Module 6:  Facilities Safe and Conducive Learning Environments – This session is designed to equip participants with tools to support their ability to carry out and lead routine health, safety, and learning environment checks. This module will also include participants developing their Capstone Project Goals to support participants in exercising the knowledge, skills and abilities learned during the Academy, once they return to work. Additionally, participants will be assigned to a peer advisory team for added post-program support. Lean more.


The Site Directors Academy (SDA) is designed to build capacity for new and emerging leaders in your agency.  SDA will be facilitated by two seasoned trainers!  

Dr. Sheryl White and Alfonso Rodriguez

Neighborhood House Association.

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“Training sessions are relevant, fan and engaging.  Attending the Site Directors Academy was an amazing experience.”
– Andrea Maldonado – 2018 (E Center)
“You were all amazing.  I made the best connections at this training. Perfect size, perfect place, great time.  Thanks for all your head work team Region 9 Head Start Association.”
– Lori Mickelsen Cox – 2018 (HS/EHS of Northeastern Nevada)
“I like how we were able to shape our experience and being able to listen to what others  had to share regarding their sites. We all do things differently but at the end of the day, we all have the same goal.”
“Dr. White was engaging and thought provoking.”
“Thank you for all of the good information. I’m back to my center with a lot of ideas, ready to implement and share them with my co-workers.”

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors!




The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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Sacramento, CA 95814



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