Leadership Academy for Supervisors

 What is the LAS?   What are the benefits
of the LAS?
  What's in the training?
 How can I participate?   When will the LAS
be available?
  For more information
(Contact Info)

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What is the Leadership Academy for Supervisors?

The LAS is a free web-based leadership training for experienced child welfare supervisors. The core curriculum consists of six online modules each based on the NCWWI Leadership Model.  Each module can be followed by a live face-to-face or-webinar discussion (Leadership Academy for Supervisors Learning Network or LASLN) where participants can network with facilitators and other learners to discuss and reinforce what has been covered in the previous module. The core curriculum provides 30 contact hours when LASLN’s are included, or 21 hours of self-directed online learning without LASLN’s.  To enhance learning transfer the training includes two tracks:  a personal learning plan to develop leadership skills and a change initiative project to contribute to a systems change within the agency.

What is the benefit of the LAS?

For supervisors: The LAS is a free web-based training program for building leadership skills. It is based on the latest research and presented by national experts. The LAS is perfect for supervisors who want to be effective leaders in their current role or who are interested in preparing for advancement. It can also be an accessible way to attain required contact hours for training.

Hear what supervisors are saying about the LAS:

Quotes about the LAS

 For agencies: The LAS provides a high quality, proven training experience in an accessible format, two thirds in a self-directed approach to meet supervisors’ busy schedules.  It is an opportunity to develop a leadership pipeline in the agency, providing professional development, succession planning and contributing to the agency’s strategic priorities.  In one state, 27% of recent LAS graduates have already been promoted!


What's in the training?

LAS Core Leadership Program -- is a comprehensive, six module competency-based leadership program based on the latest research and presented by national experts in the field.
Click here for more about the Leadership framework and core curriculum

Take the Lead -- is a series of shorter skill-based modules on topics of specific interest to supervisors.  Take the Lead modules are open to all eligible supervisors, whether or not you enroll in the Core Leadership Program.
Click here for a description of courses currently available and direct links to the modules

How can I participate?

For Agencies:  Some states or jurisdictions have elected to implement the LAS with cohorts of supervisors in what is called an Agency-Coordinated LAS.  This approach has many advantages, such as focusing supervisors’ change initiatives on agency priorities, building an organizational culture based on a common leadership model, and the ability to facilitate local LASLN’s to reinforce learning.  If you are interested in learning more about this approach and how it might work in your jurisdiction, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.

For Supervisors:  If your state or agency is not implementing the LAS, but you would like to take the modules as a self-directed participant, the revised core curriculum will  be available to you starting in September, 2014 with all updated modules posted on-line by April 2015.  Once the modules are available you will access the training by logging into MyNCWWI.org and clicking on the LAS. Follow the instructions to register.  If you’d like an email notice when the curriculum is available please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that LASLN’s are not available in the self-directed format.

If you’re interested in the Take the Lead Series, all four modules are available now at:

When will the LAS be available? 

The LAS core curriculum will be available beginning in September, 2014.  The Take the Lead Series is available now through the Michigan State University, School of Social Work, continuing education program, at:



For more information, please contact theLAS Teamat the Muskie School for Public Service, University of Southern Maine: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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