Agenda set for Inservice Day, Aug. 28, 2015
There’s still plenty of summer ahead for hikes, barbecues and road trips. Still, late August brings a red-letter day to Douglas ESD, and it’s not too soon to look ahead to next year!
On Aug. 28, ESD employees will gather from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Winston Community Center for our annual Inservice Day. Because we need everyone on board for this rally for the 2015-16 academic year, our office will be closed and services suspended for the day. We expect to emerge with batteries charged, raring for the months ahead.
Jennifer James will be the day’s keynote speaker. An international lecturer and cultural anthropologist, she specializes in helping clients adapt to change in the marketplace. Those skills will be essential to Douglas ESD as we move forward to improve our services and organization, according to Superintendent Michael Lasher.
“Jennifer is very good at addressing change, particularly when it comes to how we will operate in the future and what that means for the average person,” he said. “She does a good job on how we need to see change, how we can control it and not be burdened by it.
“We need to make change something we enjoy and embrace as part of our work lives. It’s not scary if you do it every day and are accustomed to it.”
Superintendent Lasher outlined three other topics that he plans to cover during Inservice Day. The first could be loosely described as: What is Douglas ESD and what do we seek to become? This is geared not only to newcomers but also to veterans who may appreciate understanding the goals of departments other than their own.
Secondly, there will be a short discussion about benefits. Lastly, the floor opens up to ESD employees. What have you been wondering about? Whether it’s why Douglas ESD purchased a Prius or whether we expect to hire more speech pathologists, bring your questions and enthusiasm on Aug. 28. See you there!