The LAS is a free web-based leadership training for experienced child welfare supervisors that is based on the NCWWI Leadership Model. The six self-directed online modules take 21 hours to complete and include two methods to enhance learning transfer - a personal learning plan to develop leadership skills and a change initiative to contribute to a systems change within the agency. All supervisors are welcome to complete the online LAS on their own time and at their own pace.
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This module provides a common foundation and covers core concepts covered In more depth in subsequent modules. It also provides an opportunity for people to self-screen and make a decision on whether they are willing or able to commit to participating in the Academy learning experience.
Foundations of Leadership
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.
Leading in Context
Partnerships: 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.
Workforce Development: Knowledgeable and supportive supervisors are critical to workforce development and retention. In this module, we will explore workforce issues and present promising approaches to recruitment, selection, development and retention of staff.
Leading for Results
Accountability: 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. In this module we will explore the role of the supervisor in creating a knowledge culture,promoting a ccountability and using data to improve practice.
Leading Systems Change
The ability to lead and model commitment to change is an invaluable supervisory competency. In this module we will explore 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.