Office for Professional Development & Innovation | KCTCS

Office for Professional Development & Innovation

OPDI Continuation and New Services

With a new focus, the Office for Professional Development and Innovation (OPDI) will utilize and manage the Perkins Leadership Professional Development funding to implement high-quality professional development mainly geared towards CTE faculty including content creation and delivery software and evidence-based teaching and learning methodologies and strategies. OPDI foresees coordination and collaboration with other departments that also support CTE faculty including applied learning and experiential learning, workforce development, grants, online learning, etc. to better meet the needs of CTE programs, faculty, and, ultimately, student’s preparedness for transition into the workforce.

Some Services, New and Continued

  • New CTE faculty development pilot project begins in Fall 2020 - Faculty Institute on Teaching: Foundations (FIT: Foundations). This year-long pilot was developed in the summer of 2020 with a faculty development team and will be facilitated by OPDI during FY 20-21
  • Innovative Educator Academy (IEA) - The IEA will continue, on an annual basis, with a focus on innovations in teaching and learning and will be facilitated by OPDI
  • LEAD (Leading Enrichment and Development) Academy
  • New collaboration with CTE and Workforce Solutions programs to assess, develop, and provide professional development and programmatic needs for faculty and program improvement and advancement
  • Systemwide Online Conferences and Webinars focused on teaching and learning needs of CTE faculty and programs established by the PD Peer Team hosted and facilitated by OPDI
  • Systemwide in-person Conferences and Workshops focused on teaching and learning needs of CTE faculty and programs coordinated/delivered by OPDI
  • Both PD repositories sponsored by OPDI (Go2Knowledge and Magna Commons) will remain active to all faculty and staff across the system

Discontinuation of Services

KCTCS employees may have become familiar with PD activities and Training opportunities being offered through OPDI. Through this restructuring, some OPDI services and professional development offerings will not be prioritized. Although any KCTCS employee may attend OPDI webinars and utilize the training repositories, some professional development needs, such as generalized software training, employee life/soft skills, etc. may not be met.

**As OPDI has a certified practitioner, exceptions may be made for MBTI (Myers Briggs Personality) sessions and some teambuilding sessions such as Breakout Edu.