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September Professional Development Workshops

2017 August 22
by HISD Communications

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All central office-based staff and campus-based non-instructional staff are invited to attend a variety of professional development opportunities in September hosted by the HISD Organizational Development team.  See below for a list of workshops.  Spots fill up quickly, so register now in OneSourceMe Learning. Click here for instructions on how to register.

Workshop can be added as Professional Development Activities to an employee’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP). After completing a professional development activity, employees are encouraged to use the Debrief Discussion Template to organize and share the knowledge and resources gained with their supervisor.

The complete Fall 2017 Course Catalog, along with other professional development opportunities, is available at

Business Writing: Drafting Your Message
09/06/17         9-11:00 a.m.
Course #641001
Audience:  All non-instructional staff

This workshop will review the principles of composing a well-written message.  Participants will select the appropriate writing style for the audience, determine the message intent, and draft a message using a structured writing technique to ensure the most important topics are conveyed first.

Public Speaking
09/13/17         1-4 p.m.
Course #353002
Audience:  All non-instructional staff

Learn techniques for reducing stress related to speaking in public, meeting preparation, speaking with confidence, and using body language to convey your message.  You will have an opportunity to apply the techniques by practicing to speak in front of an audience.

Strategic Planning
09/15/17         1-4:00 p.m.
Course #642001
Audience: Managers and aspiring leaders

Gain a wider perspective of the strategic thinking practice by formulating a strategic plan with a mission that aligns to the district and your department’s core values.  You will draft a strategic plan using a template which encompasses SMART goals, an assessment of the internal and external environment, and action items.

Forging a Successful Partnership with Your Boss
09/27/17         9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Course #643002
Audience:  All non-instructional staff

Learn how to build a collaborative partnership with your boss through communication and positive influence.  You will apply techniques for identifying and communicating expectations and learn proactive measures for planning effective discussions.

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