The Staff Advisory Council is up and running!
The College of Education created a Staff Advisory Council (SAC) that is proudly in its first year of operation. The council is made up of 9 representatives from departments within the College of Education serving a two-year term. An executive team is then elected from these members and will serve a term of three years. The council began its work in July 2019 and has been working hard these first few months to ensure that the Mission, Vision, and Values set forth are being utilized to move the Council forward. Here are some of the highlights of what the council is working on:
- Executive Team Elections were held in August 2019.
- Subcommittees were formed for Awards, Events, and Conference Planning.
- Created a College of Education Staff listserv.
- Benchmarking and Finding Report completed in September and presented at October 2019 SAC meeting.
- Staff Climate Survey was created and will be distributed in October 2019.
- Created the Staff Advisory Council Website.
- Professional Development and community events planning has begun and initial confirmed and pending events are available on the website.
- Drafting of the Council’s 2019-24 Strategic Plan has begun.
Currently, the SAC has distributed the 2019 Staff Climate Survey to help narrow the focus for the SAC strategic plan and to aide with expressing any concerns of the staff to the College Advisory Council Leadership. We encourage all staff members to complete the anonymous survey.
As we try to adapt to this new work environment I wnted to let everyone know that the Staff Advisory Council is still working for YOU, and since the majority of us are working remotely we started to look for some helpful how to’s to share. So I came across this great article, yes folks I do read, and wanted to share it with you. It focuses on the top 20 tips for working from home. It was a bit lengthy so I condensed it down to 10 that are most relevant to us. I have attached it as a PDF. If you wish to read the whole article you can check it out at https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/productivity-tips-working-from-home.
One of the many strengths that College of Education has prided itself on is its sense of community. Just because we don’t see each other physically everyday doesn’t mean we have lost this. We have many great tools provided by the University to keep this community active, especially Microsoft Teams. Drew and Mike have created a tutorial video to help everyone get comfortable using Teams. The video can be found at https://psu.zoom.us/rec/share/4PNZC5j-0W9JeZH_6n3ZBrdiG7-0aaa82yAc8vAEyk9tZbxHlE4pJdKz1K6hukxI. I have also included a quick reference guide. If anyone would like the PowerPoint please let me know and I can send you a copy.