Employee Training and Development

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Dr. Liz Berquist
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Renata Adams
Program Assistant
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The Department of Human Resources Employee Training and Development (ETD) supports all Divisions, Departments and Offices by designing, delivering, and evaluating high quality professional development and training for all staff in support of system-wide goals and indicators in The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence and Equity Policy 0100.   We believe that learner variability is the norm, whether in the school or in the workplace. Learning is the most important skill that will be needed in our workplace as we work to be among the highest performing school systems in the nation as a result of raising the bar, closing gaps, and preparing every student and employee, for the future.  Our mission is to ensure that every adult learner will have relevant and engaging opportunities for training and development as well as access to continuing education that supports their unique goals.  We commit to building and scaling equitable, universally designed learning and training environments that develop our current and future workforce.  We define workforce development as the ongoing preparation and maintenance of a skilled, talented, and motivated workforce through a coordinated investment in individual skill development and capacity building in schools, organizations, and communities (Jacobs, 2003).  We believe that it is not enough to recruit and hire employees.  We must ensure that we proactively design learning environments to meet individual needs, to reach untapped potential and to ensure that all members of Team BCPS are able to thrive in the workplace.   

As we work toward this vision, ETD commits to collaborating across divisions to develop innovative practices to recruit and retain a qualified, highly effective, and diverse workforce, and create a systemwide workforce development plan to improve work performance through: 

  • designing and delivering online, hybrid and face to face systemic professional development opportunities aligned to our strategic plan,  
  • partnering with district leadership to identify staff needs that can be enhanced through mentoring, coaching, leadership development, technical and trade training, and advanced educational coursework,
  • providing high quality technical training and compliance management,  
  • facilitating consistent onboarding and continuous induction programs for non certificated staff;
  • strengthening the BCPS career ladder to support both recruitment and retention efforts. 
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