Next Level Governance

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Region IV Head Start Association
2014 Leadership Summit Preconference Workshops
One-Day Live Institute


June 16, 2014 (Monday)
8:00 A.M.  – 4:30 P.M. EDT (On-site Check-in: 7:15 A.M.)
Atlanta, GA (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel)

Take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to the next level of effectiveness.  The Office of Head Start considers governance a key indicator of a successful Head Start or Early Head Start program, in part, because governance is the one component that touches all other aspects of the program.  Governance is emphasized in the new terms and conditions for five-year grant awards and will continue to be an area of focus for the Office of Head Start in its oversight of the five-year grants.  This greater focus on governance is not surprising.  Governance has been a key area for Head Start findings in recent years, and the Office of Head Start has concluded that poor or ineffective program governance is often a warning sign of an agency likely to have other problems.  These factors, combined with a shift toward more consideration of performance and effectiveness rather than just compliance with minimum standards, mean that governance has taken on an even larger significance for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Effective governance, however, takes more than knowing the basics. This full-day workshop will not only explain the fundamental rules for Head Start governance but provide insights and best practices needed to take your Head Start or Early Head Start program’s governance to that next level.

Over the course of the day, the workshop will explore governance topics and trends in detail, including:

  • Governance requirements under the Head Start Act and the Head Start Performance Standards;
  • Respective roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body (Board) and Policy
  • Council and the relationship between the two groups;
  • Implications of the shift from compliance to performance;
  • Internal controls and governance;
  • State law and federal tax law issues affecting governance;
  • The difference between management and governance and the role that each plays;
  • Dealing with disruptive or difficult Governing Body (Board) and Policy Council members;
  • Use of dashboards, consent agendas, and other techniques for streamlining meetings; and,
  • Emerging trends in corporate and nonprofit governance.

This workshop will discuss these topics and more to provide attendees with the information needed not only to understand Head Start and Early Head Start governance requirements but also information to implement effective program governance that will take their programs to the next level in governance.



Participants will learn how to implement highly effective governance for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and those participating in the institute will:

  • Understand the governance standards for Head Start and Early Head Start programs;
  • Learn about building a good working relationship between the Governing Body (Board) and the Policy Council;
  • Learn how to hold more efficient and productive meetings;
  • Learn how to design metrics and reporting that make the jobs of the Governing Body (Board) and the Policy Council easier while enhancing governance;
  • Understand the differences between governance and management and how those roles should relate;
  • Learn about trends and practices shaping general corporate and nonprofit governance and how those effect Head Start and Early Head Start governance; and,
  • Obtain the information that will assist them in taking program governance for their own Head Start or Early Head Start program to the next level.


The Next level Governance preconference institute on June 16, 2014, will offer a full-day of training.  On-site check-in will start at 7:15 A.M., and the morning session will begin at 8:00 A.M.  The institute includes the Public Policy Luncheon at 11:30 A.M.  The training will resume at 1:30 P.M., and the institute will officially end at 4:30 P.M., although the presenter will be available for approximately 30 minutes following the official adjournment to answer individual questions.

7:15 A.M. EDT:  On-site Check-in
8:00 A.M. EDT:  Morning Session
11:30 A.M. EDT:  Public Policy Luncheon (Included)
1:30 P.M. EDT:  Afternoon Session
4:30 P.M. EDT:  Adjourn

Please note that a morning and an afternoon break will be taken approximately halfway through each session.


Emerging and seasoned administrators and professionals of varying specialties will benefit from this unique learning experience: Executive Directors, Head Start or Early Head Start Directors, Fiscal Officers, Content Area Managers, Governing Body/Policy Council Chairs or members, or any key staff persons in positions of responsibility and accountability.


Registration for the Next Level Governance preconference institute is just $275 per person and includes the always informative Public Policy Luncheon.  You do not need to be registered for the general conference to attend this preconference institute.  However, registration for Next Level Governance does not include general conference registration; you must register separately for the general conference if you wish to attend.  Registration does not include lodging or transportation; you are responsible for making your hotel and transportation reservations. Because the Public Policy Luncheon is included with the Next level Governance preconference institute, at the door registration will not be available for this institute.  You must register in advance.  Registration will close on June 13, 2014.

Please bring your event “ticket” with you to speed your on-site check-in on the morning of June 16, 2014.  Check-in will begin at 7:15 AM.  The morning session will start promptly at 8:00 AM.


R. Brian Tipton is a practicing attorney with more than a decade’s experience working with nonprofits and grant-funded organizations across the United States.  Brian is a summa cum laude graduate of the Louisiana State University and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.  He regularly represents grant-funded entities (including Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs) in the areas of regulatory compliance, audits, funding source disputes, administrative appeals, and litigation.  Brian also consults with organizations on governance, human resources, programmatic, and corporate matters, and develops and presents training programs for nonprofits.