What is the Leadership Academy for Supervisors?

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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. The LAS provides 21 contact hours of self-directed online learning, with two tracks to enhance learning transfer: a personal learning plan to develop leadership skills and a change initiative project 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.

When implemented as an agency initiative, most agencies also provide a live face-to-face or virtual discussion (Leadership Academy for Supervisors Learning Network or LASLN) after each module, where participants can network with facilitators and other learners to discuss and reinforce what has been covered in the previous module. This is not available in the individual self-directed program.

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.

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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.

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..

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, you can access the training by selecting the core training links on the top right column of this page.  Please note that LASLN’s are not available in the self-directed format.

For more information, please contact the LAS Team at 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.