Reading time at Samuels Elementary.
March 21, 2019
Grow this Spring with DPS Skills Classes
Designed to support your professional and personal growth, DPS Skills classes are three-hour workshops that are a great way to build individual knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of topics ranging from self-care, nutrition, culturally responsive leadership, conflict management and more.

Upcoming classes include:

  • April 2: Leading with Emotional Intelligence. Identify and practice techniques to increase your emotional intelligence (EQ) and learn tools to use EQ when interacting with others.

  • April 9: Digital Storytelling. During this four-week hybrid workshop, explore factors that make an effective story and create a personalized digital story using a digital editing tool.

  • April 16: Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community (new class!). Learn to understand the experiences and identities of our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues while enhancing your ability to create inclusion through language and self-awareness.

  • April 17: Navigating Change. Develop and improve skills to help lead through change while learning the role that transitions play during change.

  • April 23: Radical Self-Care. Create strategies and systems of self-care that fit your needs and work toward your wellness goals.

  • April 30: Creative Conflict. Improve your awareness and understanding of your preferred conflict style and learn tools to manage conflict more effectively.

DPS Skills classes are available to all team members and take place at Emily Griffith Campus. Classes are capped at 30, so make sure to save your space by registering online. Team members can learn more, view all available classes and register on The Commons.
Benefits Open Enrollment: New Auto-Enroll Medical Plan
Open Enrollment is April 22-May 10. Like last year, this is an active enrollment year and all benefits-eligible employees must take action. 

What happens if you don’t take action? Team members who do not take action will be automatically enrolled in the Aetna 3500 Consumer-Driven Health Plan (CDHP) plan and a Health Savings Account (HSA). Last year, more than 850 team members were auto-enrolled and had to pay for a medical plan they may not have chosen if they had taken action. We want to ensure all team members have the health plan that works best for them, so plan to participate in this year's Open Enrollment!

Stay tuned to thecommons.dpsk12.org/openenrollment for more information and resources about Open Enrollment.
Join a Free Medicare Seminar April 9
Whether you’re about to retire or already enrolled in a Medicare health plan, knowing more about your Medicare benefits can give you an advantage. Join a free seminar, presented by Kaiser, 4-5 p.m. April 9 to learn more about your Medicare plan options.

This free seminar for DPS team members and retirees covers:
  • How Medicare works: Parts A, B, C and D.
  • How to know if you're eligible for Medicare.
  • When to enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
  • How your coverage can change when you retire.
  • What to do if you plan to continue working after age 65.

Space is limited. Register here to reserve a spot.
Perks at Work: Financial Wellness
DPS team members have access to Future Fit University -- an interactive educational tool that has a series of short, interactive courses to help improve financial wellness and plan for the future. Click here to learn more about retirement planning, social security, financing higher education and more. 
Living Our DPS Honoree
Jessi Cooney
Teacher, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Collaboration

"Jessi Cooney exemplifies our Shared Core Value of Collaboration in everything she does. She creates meaningful, trusting relationships with her students and their families through communication, enthusiasm and her genuine heart. Jessi strives to ensure her work is focused on her deaf and hard-of-hearing students’ individual needs to help them reach their highest potential. She creates a learning atmosphere that is rigorous and enjoyable by engaging students in challenging, fun lessons. Jessi understands the importance of family and school partnerships and ensures everyone is working together to support students. The smiles and hugs that Jessi receives from students, colleagues and parents indicates the impact she has across the board."

-- Tara Bauman, Audiologist
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