Friday, February 5, 2010

The Best Laid Plans - Fairfax Regional Training Sessions

Plan your work, work your plan. We've been planning, planning, planning for the regional training sessions to convert everyone to the new BoardDocs. We held the first regional training session at the Fairfax County Public Schools Plum Center for Lifelong Learning in Fairfax, Virginia this week. Apparently, though, I forgot to ask for NO SNOW!

First, so many thanks to Fairfax County Public Schools for allowing us to use their wonderful facility for our training sessions. Pam Goddard worked with me over a few months to get dates scheduled and confirmed. Clif Wade helped make sure that technically everything was good to go.

I am so grateful for all of their patience and assistance, I certainly couldn't have done this on my own.

The first Document Publisher session had 14 attendees from surrounding school districts; Fairfax County Schools, Loudoun County Schools, Howard County Schools, ERFC, and Fall Church City Schools. After some initial discussion, we dove into training.

I'd say everyone was most excited about dragging and dropping agenda items and categories within a meeting and having them automatically renumber. You might even say they were giddy.

A snowstorm loomed on the horizon for Wednesday, and the cancellations started rolling in by email and phone. But you know, better safe than sorry, and we want everyone safe. I ended up with one lucky document publisher from Charles County Government in Maryland. Born in Ohio, Denise Ferguson scoffs at the snow. She drove up to my hotel where we proceeded to a restaurant with wi-fi and ate lunch and had document publisher training. Training went well, and we both had fabulous salads - in spite of the snow.

Two board training sessions later, I was ready to get the heck out of Dodge (well, Virginia actually) because the storm of the century was headed to that very area. The airport was crazy busy, full of people who wanted one thing: TO GET HOME.

So I'm home safe and sound today. Armed with the experience of the first round of regional trainings, we are tweaking our process to provide the best possible experience for everyone. Have I mentioned how awesome the new BoardDocs is? The new BoardDocs is AWESOME!

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