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By Dr. John Urkevich, Executive Director

ssa-logoAs you know, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis (CSD) offers several job-alike groups and professional development academies for our member districts. Two groups I would like to feature in this post are the Support Staff Academy (SSA) and the Executive Professional Academy (EPA).

SSA, in its 17th year, is a program designed to provide professional development to noncertified educational support professionals (administrative assistants, secretaries/office personnel, maintenance/custodial staff, food service employees, security officers, teachers aides and library aides) in St. Louis area districts. Annually and throughout the school year, several programs are held on topics like time management, legal issues, and computer applications. At the end of the year, the SSA Mini-Conference takes place. In 2009, the Mini-Conference is all day on Wednesday, June 10 at Maryville University. Speakers include keynote Judith Collins, PhD (on Heroic Leadership: 4 Principals for Transforming your Life), the Virtual Learning Center’s Martha Bogart and Nancy George, and author Jim Mullins (Champs and Chumps: Antiphonal Proverbs for Leaders), plus more. Click here for more information on the SSA.

EPAEPA, on the other hand, is in its first year. This newly established job-alike group is for district level executive assistants. Their mission statement is: The Executive Professional Academy (EPA) will take a prominent role advocating a dynamic high-quality training and networking program for Executive Administrative Assistants to the Superintendent and to the Board of Education. The vision of the select group is to promote and support life-long learning, leadership and team networking to executive level assistants that will positively impact school districts and contribute to the academic achievement of all students. EPA meets monthly; content flips every-other-month between administrative meetings and professional development programming.

For more information on both SSA and EPA, contact Conference & Special Events Coordinator Dorothy White.