Professional Development Day
We are very lucky to be able to have three Professional Development Days (PDD) per year for our teachers and staff here at UCDC. This past August was our most recent PDD and during this day, we spent a lot of time working in teams and planning for the future here at UCDC.
Immediately following breakfast, we all engaged in an early morning session with Cheryl Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources where she discussed our achievements from this past year, the Plan for Pitt, as well as Pitt's Total Rewards program. She also discussed all of the changes in the Human Resources Department and how these exciting changes benefit the employees of the University of Pittsburgh.
Following this session, Marlene "showered" the teachers with knowledge on emergency preparedness in order to keep all of us up-to-date on our various emergency plans.
Afterwards, a representative from the Benefits Department came to give the teachers and staff an overview of the benefits package as well as answer the many questions about education benefits and retirement. The morning concluded with some classroom work that included teacher meetings, organization and preparation for the new influx of children that occurs every fall.
Lunch (a delicious taco bar!) was followed by a large group discussion surrounding how the Plan for Pitt impacts us here at UCDC and how these initiatives can be translated into our daily work. Teachers brainstormed and worked in both large and small groups to come up with diverse and plentiful ideas. The day ended with more classroom work and teacher meetings.
Every Professional Development Day leaves us with a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction as well as excitement for new work to come!