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2020 Winter Leadership Institute Sessions
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Winter Leadership Institute Session A: 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

A01. Civility in the Workplace

What is etiquette (and what are the different types)? What is civility? How do they relate? What impact do they have on career and life success? Get answers to these and other "professional etiquette" questions. Share your experiences and your suggestions for creating a more harmonious and civil workplace environment and improving professional relationships. 

Juliet Mitchell

A02. Self-Reflective Teacher Training: Strengthen Your Critical Cultural Awareness Skills Using Self-Reflection Practices

Learn self-reflection practices to help identify themes in your professional practice. Develop culturally conscious strategies to use in providing professional development, engaging with colleagues and families.

Paula Landis

Winter Leadership Institute Session B: 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

B01. H.O.P.E. Leadership

This session focuses on helping leaders develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to drive early learning and afterschool professionals to create H.O.P.E. (Harmonize, Optimize, Prioritize, Evaluate) and make action steps toward realizing the goal of professionalizing our fields. As leaders, we face the overwhelming task of convincing policy makers, parents and sometimes staff that our lofty goals are possible. Come prepared to engage in dialogue and recharge your leadership battery.

Jamie Bonczyk
Hannah Riddle de Rojas

B02. Developing Reflective Practitioners

Enhance your written and verbal communication skills when coaching or mentoring early childhood and school-age educators in order to develop their reflective teaching practices. Through instruction, video and discussion, this interactive workshop will dive into the topic of providing high-quality written and verbal feedback to practitioners.

Peggy Novak


Winter Leadership Institute Session C: 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

C01. Staff Supervision in OST: Putting Theory into Practice

Professional development is a critical part of the growth and development of a youth work practitioner. But sending staff to trainings isn’t enough. Supervisors play a key role in creating a culture of learning for staff that helps them apply theory to everyday practice. When professional development is embedded within the workday, supervisors create a supportive learning community that allows youth workers to continually learn and grow. In this workshop, participants will dig into a variety of strategies for supporting staff and walk away with concrete ideas to strengthen their supervisory practices.

Jocelyn Wiedow

C02. The Basics of Crucial Conversations

Get a snapshot of the book everyone is talking about: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. We will hit the highlights and review some examples of how these tools can be used in our everyday conversations to keep communication flowing smoothly. Using these tools will put us in a position to get the best results for our teams and ourselves.

Heather Charmoli


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