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Session 1 WPS Mission and Vision
(Instructor: Rick Leonard) - September 21, 2010
In effective organizations, people take the time to get to know one another, and to value how they think and why they think a particular way before they begin any task. This session is designed to articulate a shared culture that supports our mission of “Learning for all, Whatever it takes.” Topics include effective schools research, leadership theories and practice, systems thinking and school improvement, strategic planning and operational actions, process management, and team-building.
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Session 2 Commitment to Service
(Instructors: Susan Groom and Kevin McKew) -October 19, 2010
An organization’s culture is strongly influenced by the values, communication, and actions of its leaders. This session will explore the responsibilities of leaders to create and sustain an environment that is service-oriented and customer-directed. Because the values and attitudes of leaders are critical, discussions will involve developing a work philosophy and personal mission statement. We will also discuss practical means for reinforcing a positive customer service culture, including customer identification; processes, observation and evaluation, and communication strategies.
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Session 3 Leadership Styles and Strengths
(Instructor: Cindy Soltis, Lord Fairfax Comm College - Workforce Solutions) - November 17, 2010
This session targets professionals who want to improve their leadership skills and ability to manage people and teams. The unit will cover the following topics: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) profiling, personality preferences, using differences constructively, leadership and management development, and promoting team effectiveness. The study aims to highlight the individual’s leadership preferences and their potential for future development. Participants will analyze their personality preferences and their style of relating to and leading teams. The session will consist of presentation, self analysis, discussion, and group work. Each participant will be asked to complete a MBTI questionnaire prior to attending the session.
Session 4 Communicating Effectively: Developing Interpersonal Skills/Presentation Skills Development
(Instructor: Donna Eagle) - December 6, 2010
Effective communication and presentation skills are at the foundation of good customer service, problem-solving, and leadership strategies. Technology based communications in the workplace give us instant access—email, conference calls, and desktop video conferencing. But it is important for employees and clients to be able to effectively communicate face-to-face with one another as well. Communicating effectively is characterized by such things as active listening, using “I” messages instead of “you” messages, conflict management, positive body language, and asking the right questions. Effective workplace communication not only improves workplace relationships, but also improves workplace efficiency.
Managing a Diverse Workforce/Dynamics of Change
(Instructors: Lynda Hickey and Susan Groom) - January 25, 2011
Improving diversity management will ensure a work environment where every employee's unique talents and perspectives are valued and used to further the mission and vision of the school division. The first component of this session will provide participants strategies to promote and influence diversity in their day-to-day business decisions. Topics for discussion are building an inclusive work environment, valuing diversity through learning and development, and skill development for managing diversity. The second component of this session will target the many phases of change, taking charge of change by identifying and taking action on areas that can be influenced.
Session 6 Positive Teamwork and Resolving Conflict
(Instructor: Sharen Gromling, Lord Fairfax Comm College - Workforce Solutions) - February 15, 2011
People in every workplace talk about building the team and working as a team, but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team. Belonging to a team is a result of feeling part of something larger than an individual on a team. It has a lot to do with the understanding of the mission and vision of the school division. The first component of this session will address the stages and strategies necessary to build a positive team to ensure strategic success. The second component will assist participants in developing approaches for working together with people when conflicts arise. The focus will be on how leaders resolve challenges with confidence and skills to help deal with negativity and interpersonal conflict more effectively.
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Session 7 Employment Law for School Leaders
(Instructor: Donna Eagle) - March 15, 2011
The legal environment in which we work is constantly changing and expanding, this session will provide participants with an employment law framework that allows school division leaders to comply with applicable state and federal employment laws. Participants will understand recruiting and hiring strategies that comply with appropriate laws. Participants will also be able to understand and apply various federal and state laws that impact working relationships with employees. The application of employment contracts and proper handling of employee grievance procedures will also be included in this session.
Session 8 Application of Technology
(Instructor: Steve Muller) - April 19, 2011
The ability to understand technology use and to apply appropriate and effective technology tools is an essential leadership skill. This session will cover the increasingly vital role technology plays in instruction, assessment and evaluation, management and communication. The use of specific tools will be discussed and some emerging technologies will be reviewed. The roles of the technology department and its staff in supporting the division’s mission will be covered as well as legal issues such as CIPA, fair use, copyright, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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Session 9 Performance Appraisals and 360 Degree Assessment
(Instructor: Rick Leonard and Susan Groom) - May 17, 2011
This session will provide a working knowledge of the WPS Personnel Evaluation System. Participants will understand the use of the WPS Personnel Evaluation System handbook and the various evaluation tools included in the system. Providing performance feedback and the proper use of Structured Plans of Assistance to improve employee performance will also be included in this session. A 360 degree assessment is a tool used to gather performance feedback from supervisors, peers, yourself, and subordinates. As part of this program, we will conduct a 360 degree assessment and provide each participant with personalized feedback. The 360 degree assessment report will be used to develop a personal action plan based on the feedback received.
Session 10 Finance, Budget and Institute Summary
(Instructors: Linda Meadows and Rick Leonard) - June 7, 2011
The primary objectives of this session are to provide participants with both an understanding of the methods of financing public schools, as well as a basic overview of budgeting, accounting procedures, and evaluation principles to ensure that available resources are allocated efficiently and effectively. Participants will learn the primary revenue sources for K-12 education, the mechanics of distributing those revenues to schools districts, and the categorization of expenditures. Core competencies will be developed in the areas of budgeting, accepted accounting practices, analysis and auditing of school finances, and important components which comprise the standardized Annual School Report (ASR).