Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
Your Voice Matters: CollaboRATE is Coming Soon!
On Nov. 29, make your voice heard and strengthen your team by participating in CollaboRATE. This survey is one of the most important tools that you can use to provide your leader, your team and DPS as a whole with anonymous feedback that will be used to help us grow and improve.

For more information, including FAQs, visit  http://celt.dpsk12.org/collaborate.  
IN THIS ISSUE
Prepare for Mid-Year Conversations with LIFT/EPMP and Core Competencies Evaluation Employees
Dec. 15-Jan. 15

Changing Priorities? Check in on LIFT/EPMP Goals

Meet the New Chief of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at One of Two Open Houses

Access Mental Health Services Through the Employee Assistance Program

Participate in the DPS Foundation's I Give for Team DPS Campaign and You Could Win!

Prepare for Mid-Year Conversations with LIFT/EPMP and Core Competencies Evaluation Employees
The mid-year portion of the performance year is approaching. Host mid-year performance conversations with your LIFT/EPMP and Core Competencies Evaluation employees between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15. During mid-year conversations, we engage in discussions to ensure performance expectations are clear and documented with a plan for the remainder of the year.  Mid-year is not the only time to provide feedback; feedback should be ongoing and timely to allow for course corrections. Documenting feedback throughout the year makes year-end conversations easier. Talk to your HR Partner about how best to document your feedback. 

How to prepare: 
  • Schedule time for each of your mid-year conversations.
  • Prepare to deliver meaningful feedback using a framework such as the SBI Tool.
  • Register for a workshop to learn tips and strategies for your conversations.
  • It's never too early to mark your calendar for key deadlines. Click here to see the full year-end schedule.
Changing Priorities? Check in on LIFT/EPMP Goals
Plans and priorities change, so there will be times when a goal is no longer relevant or has changed. Open up Infor GHR Talent Management during your next 1:1 and look at your employee's goals. Use goal comments to document progress updates and any changes that have been made. Put a goal on hold if it will be revisited at a later date or inactivate it if it won't be worked on at all this year. Any goals that are on hold or inactive won't be included in the year-end appraisal so they won't be rated. Remember, goals can be set at any time during the year, so add goals when new projects or priorities arise. Review this step-by-step guide on how to add goal comments and this step-by-step guide on how to inactivate a goal or put it on hold
Meet the New Chief of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at One of Two Open Houses
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) will host two open houses for team members to meet its new chief, Georgia Duran. The open houses will provide an engaging opportunity to meet the FACE team and learn more about FACE's direction and priorities. The open houses will be on: Friday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 14th floor of the Emily Griffith Campus (1860 Lincoln St., Denver 80203); and Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mile High United Way (711 Park Ave. West, Denver 80205). RSVP here by Nov. 18. 
Access Mental Health Services Through the Employee Assistance Program
Mental health was the number one health concern expressed by DPS employees in the Employee Wellness Survey. Did you know that you and your team members have access to the free and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP)? It is designed to provide short-term counseling services for you and your dependents to help you handle concerns constructively before they become major issues.  About 95% of people's concerns were resolved with the help of the EAP.  Call 855-327-1377 to discuss concerns related to marriage, relationships, family, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, job pressures, and substance abuse. Or, visit www.guidanceresources.com and use the web ID "DPS" to learn more. Also, review these  frequently asked questions about your EAP
Participate in the DPS Foundation's I Give for Team DPS Campaign and You Could Win!
The DPS Foundation, DPS' fundraising partner, works to support all schools and to benefit all students. The foundation generates resources, builds relationships and champions public education to impact systemwide achievement. It also provides classroom grants for teachers each semester. Participate in the foundation's annual employee-giving campaign to support our students and schools. Participants qualify to win weekly prizes; no contribution is necessary to win. Here's how you can participate: Give or get involved.
COMING UP...
Nov. 14-18: Fall Home Visit Week


Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

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