Tools for Excellence is a comprehensive professional development program designed to provide support, skill building and networking opportunities for directors, deputy directors and managers in child welfare.  This program builds on a research, development and implementation model that supports leadership development in child welfare. Central to the program are the best-practice approaches that have proven to support directors and managers. 


  • Must presently be a director or manager
  • Must have support and involvement of director or administrator
  • Ability to commit to all sessions of program

Program format

  • Cultural Consensus Approach: Learning in which the participants themselves determine the competencies that will benefit them most in their professional development.
  • Learning Labs: Training takes place in one- or two-day “learning lab” sessions offered every six weeks throughout the year.
  • Learning Reinforcement through Coaching: Coaches will be assigned to each director/manager and serve as a coach to help participants apply what they’ve learned in each of the learning labs.
  • 360-degree Evaluation: Participants will perform a computerized evaluation to assess current strengths and continuing areas for professional development.
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