Summer Trainings Open to Supporting Services Staff
A number of trainings are available this summer for supporting services professionals. Register for these summer learning opportunities on PDO and search the course number.
Getting the Job: Successful Interviewing on Zoom: This workshop will help prepare participants to successfully interview on Zoom for a promotional position. Participants will learn a framework for answering interview questions and discuss how to present themselves positively while on a Zoom interview. This course will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on July 16. Course #89409
Praxis Core Writing: This course is designed to refine writing skills needed to pass the Praxis Core Writing test. Participants will access the course in a self-paced format over the course of six weeks. This course is intended for supporting services professionals who want to become certified teachers. The course, held in a self-paced format via Google Classroom, is scheduled for July 6–August 10. There will be a textbook distribution on Thursday, July 2 from 11 a.m.–noon at 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville (the Office of Human Resources and Development building). Please remember to wear a mask and observe social distancing. Other textbook distribution dates will be arranged by the course instructors. Course #86532
Praxis Core Reading: This course is designed to refine reading skills needed to pass the Praxis Core Reading test. Participants will access the course in a self-paced format via Google Classroom over the course of five weeks. This course is intended for supporting services professionals who want to become certified teachers. The course will be held from July 13–August 14. Textbook distribution dates will be arranged by the course instructor. Information will be sent to registered participants. Course #87028
Communicating Effectively in a Diverse World: This dynamic presentation will take an insightful look at the challenges of interacting with different types of people (different cultures, generations, personality types, etc.), and offers several practical strategies for maintaining quality relationships with all. This course will be held from 9– 11 a.m. on July 14. Course #89408
Leveraging Personalities and Communication in the Workplace: This workshop will help to foster greater collaboration, teamwork and understanding of your team members’ communication styles. Raising self-awareness about your communication style, as well knowing the styles of your team members will help you understand the contributions they make to the team. Underscoring what styles motivate and de-motivate you and others and identifying ways to better perform as a team with this knowledge and understanding will be explored. This class will be held from 9–11 a.m. on July 22. Course #89403
Building Resilience: How to Find Greater Calmness, Strength and Hope During Challenging Times: The events of the past four months have left many of us struggling. While we cannot control external events, we can choose how we respond to them. This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for feeling more calm, grounded and hopeful amidst COVID-19 and racial injustice. You will also have the opportunity to practice relaxation exercises to feel more in control and optimize emotional well-being amid the uncertainty and stress. This class will be held from 10–11 a.m. on August 5. Course #89404
Finding Time for Work-Life Balance During COVID-19: In this interactive workshop, you will hear about the challenges to work-life balance, understand the impact of poor work-life balance, and learn practical strategies to create more balance and harmony in your life. In addition, we will take a look at values, priorities, perfectionism, procrastination, organization, setting limits and self-care as key concepts to finding balance in your life. This course will be held from 10–11 a.m. on August 12. Course #89405
Much of this information can also be found at the Department of Professional Growth Systems’ Supporting Services Training and Development website here. Please note: These trainings are being offered as a voluntary summer professional development opportunity. There will be no stipends or participant payments offered for any summer courses or workshops.
For questions, contact staff development program manager Victor Santiago.