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.


You are encouraged to apply if you have:

  • A leadership role in a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) and/or the statewide Migrant Education Program (MEP) for at least 12 months
  • A commitment to personal and professional development and leadership growth
  • The ability to attend each of the training dates, no exceptions
  • A desire to build strong 21st CCLC and MEP programs in Pennsylvania with the ultimate goal of providing quality services to students and families for the duration of this course and beyond
  • The endorsement of your employing organization and immediate supervisor
  • Financial support for associated program costs including meals

Click here to download the application.

Applications are due Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and selected participants notified by February 12, 2020.


Course Schedule – Most sessions held at the Center for Schools and Communities in Camp Hill, Pa


Session Dates


Session 1: Friday, March 20, 2020

Leadership that Matters

Course Outline & Expectations

Session 2: Friday, April 3, 2020 Building High Performance Teams

Getting (and Keeping) The Right People for the Job

Session 3: Day 1, Thursday, April 30, 2020

 Becoming a Powerful Leader

Authenticity, Integrity & Accountability

Session 4: Day 2, Friday, May 1, 2020 Effective Leadership in 2020

5 Steps for Trauma Informed Leadership

Session 5: Friday, June 5, 2020


Managing Time, Setting Priorities & Team Building

Time Management Skills for Afterschool Program Leaders | Teambuilding Skills for Leaders

July-August, 2020 Individual and Group Project Work
Session 6: Friday, September 11, 2020 The Organized Leader

Communication Skills | Holding a Quality Meeting | Transitioning Leadership

Session 7: Day 1, Thursday, October 1, 2020 Leading Through Conflict

From Conflict to Collaboration | Culture Shaping | Networking Evening Retreat

Session 8: Day 2, Friday, October 2, 2020 Self-Respect: The Foundation for Quality Leadership

Sharing Projects | Closing Session