As I sit here, working in the Training Management System assigning classes and courses, I amstruck with an idea I would love to see incorporated. Many times we come across an employee, that due to a specific task they do within the agency, particular work experience or education is not required to take a particular training, although it may be one required based on job title. Perhaps when doing an “old certification” I would love to see a check box and text feild available that would allow us to designated an employee for a particular training, with a space for the reason that employee would be exempt.
Last night, the Democratic National Convention nominated President Barak Obama to be their nominee for President in the 2012 election. More so than any time in recent history, the United States is at a crossroads. Consider the budget cuts occurring at the state level in most states. What is at stake? Public Education, jobs, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, heath care reform. Who is best suited to lead this country for the next four years and position this country to be a leader in the 21st century? I suppose you think I am going to tell you who you need to vote for at this point. I’m not. I expect that people will do their own research and come to their own conclusions about what is best for this country. The important thing is that you are engaged and informed in the political process. To help, I have included 2 speeches; 1 from the RNC last week and 1 from the DNC this week.
First lets look at the Paul Ryan speech from last week:
And former President, Bill Clinton:
On your way to making up your mind yet? Okay, here are 2 more…
This gives you a great snapshot of the platform and the base.
This is just a primer to get you started. A few tips to become politically literate:
1. Watch the news- from more than just one source.
2. Do let the truth and facts inform your judgement
3. Register to vote now! Wait too long as you wont be able to cast your ballot in the 2012 election
Gov. Cuomo recently took steps to enact legislation that would strengthen protections for the state’s most vunerable citizens. The Governor’s proposal would require the establishment of an agency charged with monitoring and enforcing laws in place to protect individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
The full article can be found here!
March is in full swing. In New York, this means that the first round of PROMOTE regional trainings are also well underway. Having had the opportunity to participate in the Rochester regional training, I am looking forward to implementing this new approach in Western New York. PROMOTE, which stands for Positive Relationships Offer More Opportunities To Everyone; is replacing the current, SCIP-R (Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention); which has been the standard in NY since the 90s. Although a bit longer than SCIP, PROMOTE stands head and shoulders above it’s predecessor. As Newton once said, “…on the shoulders of giants.” It is only because of the vision and dedication of those that have helped shape the field, that we can see our way.
The Cortland Conference is just a few days away. I will be presenting 2 sessions on TMS. Hope to meet some new THERAP users, and attach some faces to the names of those I have already met.
Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.
What to write about? As I sit here staring at the blank screen in front of me; I find myself perplexed, struggling for a topic to blog about. In the end, I decided the best way to start this blog was to introduce myself and get some feedback. I am the Staff Development Coordinator for my agency. As you might expect, my focus in THERAP is the Training Management System.
I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and perspectives in future blogs. If anyone has something specific they would like me to touch on, please let me know.
Pace e bene
“Where we stand depends on where we sit.”
~Stephan R. Covey