Designed for experienced child welfare supervisors, the core curriculum consists of the Introductory Module and 5 subsequent online modules corresponding with the NCWWI Leadership Model. Total online time is 21 hours. The curriculum follows two tracks: developing leadership skills through a personal learning plan and developing a Change Initiative within a supervisor’s sphere of influence.


LAS Core Curriculum Module 1: Introductory (1.5 hours): This module provides a common foundation and reviews core concepts to be covered in more depth in subsequent modules including: child welfare in the 21st century, workforce issues, leadership and diversity, leadership for results, leadership in a changing environment, implementation of change and need for leadership at all levels. 


LAS Core Curriculum Module 2: Foundations of Leadership (2.5 hours) : Like good social work practice, effective leadership begins with self-knowledge. This module includes leadership principles, a model and competencies specific to child welfare. By becoming aware of how competencies can be developed, participants can start to chart their own leadership development journey. 


LAS Core Curriculum Module 3: Leading in Context: Building Collaboratives (3 hours): To improve outcomes for children, youth and families we need to build collaborative relationships. This module provides an opportunity to develop the leadership competencies needed to create partnerships with families, youth and communities. 


LAS Core Curriculum Module 4: Leading People (6.5 hours): Workforce Development: Knowledgeable and supportive supervisors are critical to attracting, supporting and developing a committed workforce, the most important asset in a child welfare agency. This module presents a framework for the complex issue of workforce development and provides strategies for recruitment, selection, development, support and performance management of staff. 


LAS Core Curriculum Module 5: Leading for Results: Accountability (4.5 hours): In an era of increasing emphasis on accountability in child welfare, information management skills are becoming critical to sound child welfare practice. At the same time, supervisors need to know how to achieve a balance between data and people. This module explores the role of the supervisor in creating a knowledge culture, promoting accountability and using data to improve practice. 


LAS Core Curriculum Module 6: Leading Systems Change: Goal-Setting (3 hours): The ability to lead and model commitment to change is an invaluable supervisory competency. This module explores concepts related to change management, technical/adaptive problems and leading staff through the change process. This module also provides an opportunity to synthesize learning from earlier modules and participate in action planning.