Retool and refuel on Inservice Day, Aug. 26, 2016
By late August, families are squeezing the last drop out of summer as school schedules loom. At Douglas Education Service District, staff is gearing up for our annual Inservice Day, which primes us all for the new school year.
This year’s gathering will be on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Our office will be closed and services suspended for the day so everyone can attend.
We’ll follow a different program this year in that there will be two morning sessions. One, called “Managing Compassion Fatigue” will be for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Education staff from the Douglas and Jackson County programs. This session begins at 9:45 and will be led by Portland-area mental health counselor Evan Dumas. His interactive presentation will outline symptoms of the condition, identify who is at risk and focus on strategies and resources for prevention and self-care. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “compassion fatigue” generally refers to the burnout experienced by workers who must function daily as caregivers and service providers in environments that constantly present heart-wrenching emotional challenges.)
The rest of ESD staff will start the day with a 9 a.m. presentation of “Paper Tigers,” a documentary on the faculty and students of Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington. The film explores how the school altered its handling of students with behavioral problems and poor academic performances – students who also were struggling with trauma from their sometimes horrific home lives.
In the afternoon, following lunch, everyone will come together for topics that include welcoming new employees, human resources and payroll matters, employee wellness and recognizing longtime employees.
In preparing this year’s Inservice Day agenda, “we were trying to find the best combination of inspiration and information for our staff, and we always hope employees will get something useful out of it,” said Douglas ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher. “Whether it’s new tools for their toolbox or a better approach to the conditions we find ourselves in professionally, we want to provide resources we need to help us do our jobs.”
Also planned for this year’s Inservice is a vendor fair of about a half-dozen companies offering services and products. The fair will be held in the morning from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The vendor fair is offered for those who are interested; attendance is optional.
Inservice Day is all about refueling for the fall and the year beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!