The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Excellence in Leadership Certification was developed for program staff in a leadership role who are looking for strategies to effectively lead and motivate others, to create and maintain a positive workplace culture, to demonstrate emotional intelligence and to overcome leadership challenges.

Congratulations to those accepted in the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Certification!

Check back for applications for the 2021 class.


Sample Schedule



Session 1 Leadership that Matters
Course Outline and Expectations
Session 2 Building High-Performance Teams
Getting – and Keeping – the Right People for the Job
Session 3 Becoming a Powerful Leader
Authenticity, Integrity and Accountability
Session 4 Effective Leadership in 2020
5 Steps for Trauma-Informed Leadership
Session 5 Managing Time, Setting Priorities and Team Building
Time Management Skills for Afterschool Program Leaders, Teambuilding Skills for Leaders
Individual and Group Project Work
Session 6 The Organized Leader
Communication Skills, Holding a Quality Meeting, Transitioning Leadership
Session 7 Leading Through Conflict
From Conflict to Collaboration, Culture Shaping, Networking Evening Retreat
Session 8 Self-Respect: The Foundation for Quality Leadership
Sharing Projects, Closing Session