Site Directors Academy



June 23-25, 2020

Mission Inn, Riverside, CA  

*Hotel cut-off is June 1, 2020


Academy Overview

Creating your own leadership style; engaging in mindful supervision and actions; bringing out the best in yourself and others; and building a cohesive team: These are just 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. Site Directors play a critical role for their agencies. They serve as the organizational link to the broader mission and as the representative of your programs to parents, neighbors, and staff.

Region 9 Head Start Association, in partnership with InnoVisions, a social enterprise of Neighborhood House Association in San Diego, CA, 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, and peer-to-peer networking.
  • Extended learning webinars to reinforce content and action plans is available

We are excited to be adding two unique elements to our learning modules – mindfulness – and emergency preparedness planning.

For 2020, we will be joined by two amazing educators from Imagination Yoga.  Imagination Yoga is a woman owned, sister led team. Siblings, Jamie Dix and Jessica McClintic founded Imagination Yoga in 2007. Since then, Jessica and Jamie have created and led countless adult trainings, written multiple Imagination Yoga curriculums being used worldwide and have worked with hundreds of thousands of children offering yoga as a way to inspire movement, calm, kindness and imagination. 

In addition, our faculty will include Emergency Preparedness expert Dr. Charlotte M. Hendricks, president and founder of ChildHealthOnline has promoted health education for young children, families, and teachers for over 40 years. Her expertise in child health and safety, parent education, and disaster/emergency preparedness is respected nationally and validated through published books, peer-reviewed articles, and national presentations. 


Site Directors Academy Module Descriptions

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. Topics covered will include:

  • Demonstrating sound character and adhering to personal and professional ethics
  • Modeling workplace etiquette and professionalism
  • Making the mindset transition from classroom teacher to supervisor
  • Setting professional boundaries and supervising former peers
  • Developing supervisory confidence to “own” areas of responsibility
  • Avoiding burnout—self-care, wellness and vitality

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. Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding self in relation to others, supervisory role and responsibilities
  • Exercising emotional intelligence to foster trust and build healthy relationships
  • Enhancing critical and strategic thinking
  • Connecting with, influencing, and inspiring others
  • Cultivating a quality and productive work culture

Accountability Performance Management

This session is designed to improve participants’ ability to manage resources, supervise, and develop employees’ performance. Topics covered will include:

  • Clearly communicating vision and expectations; establishing performance and resource monitoring systems; and implementing consequences/systems of accountability
  • Coaching for greater effectiveness and high quality “CLASS” performance
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Stages of progressive discipline
  • Performance-based evaluations
  • Facilitating effective meetings
  • Managing fiscal obligations and changes to staffing patterns/assignments

Relations & Engagement Cultural Humility & Effectiveness

This session is designed to advance participants’ cultural humility and sensitivity; conflict management; and parent engagement skills. Topics covered will include:

  • Effective communication and conflict management
  • Working with and leading diverse individuals and teams
  • Understanding and managing implicit bias
  • Fostering a culture of dignity, respect, inclusion, and equity
  • Nurturing parent engagement for improved family outcomes and center support

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. Topics covered will include:

  • Setting competency expectations for early childhood educators
  • Enforcing evidence based curriculum fidelity for “very high quality” instruction
  • Promoting site based curriculum training and implementation
  • Boosting child assessment, individualized learning, inclusion and special needs accommodations
  • Including dual language development in classrooms

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. Topics covered will include:

  • Ensuring safe and healthy, learning environments
  • Sustaining everyday site compliance with laws and regulations
  • Using environmental rating scales for high quality learning environments
  • Anticipating, deescalating, and managing potentially volatile situations
  • Learning appropriate responses to emergency situations, such as fire, flooding, weather events, lockdown, and environmental hazards
  • Aligning action plans with national standards including Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed (CFOC) and Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Mindfulness & Movement Every Day

Through breath, movement, mindfulness and imagination; the sessions offers creative ways to inspire resilience and coping skills in children, self-care techniques for adults to help metabolize the impacts of vicarious trauma (key for staff retention) and innovative ways to promote an encouraging home environment and enhance the parent-child relationship.  Sessions will include:

  • Participants will leave this fun and accessible training with inspiring and easy-to-follow ways to support early literacy, kindness, calm and concentration through movement and mindfulness in the classroom or home.
  • Participants are introduced to the benefits of yoga and mindfulness.
  • Participants will learn developmentally appropriate movement that support coping skills, resilience and self-care.
  • This workshop is designed to be accessible for everyone and can be done from a chair or seated on the floor.

Bring a Team!

The R9HSA’s Site Directors Academy is an excellent team training experience. The course design emphasizes individual and team development. Site based leadership requires the engagement of both site based leadership and central office leadership. Bring a team and enjoy the dynamic of this unique setting!


“Training sessions are relevant, fun 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 hard 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.”

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.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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