As a Training and Curriculum Specialist or Program Manager you have a unique opportunity to influence the quality and organization of your program. In this course you will deepen your knowledge of how to work collaboratively with staff and stakeholders, how to create a hiring process that contributes to program quality, and how to practice reflective supervision to improve program outcomes. You will also learn about the use of evaluation data to improve program outcomes, and the importance of being a life-long learner.
In this lesson, you will learn about program organization. This lesson includes information about the roles of the training and curriculum specialist and the program manager and how each contributes to the overall leadership of the program. Program goals, relationship-based leadership, and cultural sensitivity all play an essential role in a program’s organization. This lesson will focus on how these factors and program organization go hand-in-hand.
In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively work with program staff to create high-quality programming. You are a crucial part of your program's support system, and helping direct care professionals establish and carry out goals is one of the main ways you contribute. This lesson ends with a focus on creating collaborative teams and reflecting on your own practices in working with others.
In this lesson, you will learn how the T&C is a vital support to staff members as they implement the program’s curriculum. The T&C is recognized as an expert and leader in providing observation and reflective supervision to assist the teaching staff with planning and implementing the chosen curriculum. The program manager supports the curriculum through maintaining the environment, ordering materials and supplies, and ensuring that staff is provided professional development opportunities in order to feel successful as teachers and youth leaders.
Child and Family Services
Training and curriculum specialists and program managers provide leadership in the area of child and family services. The program leaders must represent the program to other groups and agencies. Program managers engage parents in feeling welcome to visit the program at any time and to have choices in how they want to be involved with the program. The program cannot exist in isolation from other services that are important to families (e.g., school districts, early intervention programs, mental health agencies, food pantries, businesses). T&Cs and program managers can serve as program representatives within the installation and the wider community.
In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of program evaluation as a source for determining what services to children and families are going well and what aspects of the program are in need of improvement. All staff and families may participate in the program evaluation. Training and curriculum specialists and program managers serve as the leadership team that guides the collection and analysis of information needed to conduct a thorough program evaluation.