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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.


The Region 9 Head Start Association (R9HSA), in partnership with InnoVisions, a social enterprise of Neighborhood House Association in San Diego, CA, has created this four-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.

Site Directors Academy Modules

Compassionate Leadership and Engagement Part 1
• Leading and interaction with compassion
• Understanding self in relation to others

Compassionate Leadership and Engagement Part II
• Fostering trust and authentic engagement
• Cultural humility

Performance Coaching & Management
• Performance management for onsite and virtual team members
• Providing feedback
• Coaching and developing staff
• Sustaining program essentials such as health and safety

Fostering Innovation through Inspiration
• Becoming a better change leader
• Generating solutions to stabilize workforce
• Recruiting and retaining families

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!

We have selected Palm Springs for it’s mix of outdoor experiences, dining, and culture. This is a perfect setting for teams to pull back and re-set.


Margaritaville Resort- Palm Springs, CA


May 1-3, 2024

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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