Snow Summit: Fairfax County Public Schools

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On March 16, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Transportation Committee hosted a Snow Summit to assess both what worked well and what did not at the state — Virginia Department of Transportation — and county levels. The lessons learned from this summit will be invaluable not only for the next snow storm, but for any emergency.

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Snow Summit: Fairfax County Public Schools

  1. 1. Increasing Collaboration
  2. 2. The Best Way to Predict theFuture is to Create It.” ~ Peter Drucker
  3. 3. A New Structure in OPA:What does it look like?What’s in it for you?
  4. 4. New OPA Operational Structure AgencyManagement Core Mission Teams Activity Units Team Project/Issue Teams
  5. 5. What’s In It For You…1. Point of Contact (POC)3. Collaborative Training5. Advocacy7. Communications Organizational Model
  6. 6. WIIFY #1:Agency Point of Contacts• DMB Model• Relationship Defined by You and Your POC• Easier/Smarter Way to Collaborate • Avoid Confusion and Inefficiencies• More Perspectives • Including Countywide
  7. 7. Point of Contact (POC)No more calling around OPA looking forassistance – “Who Does XXX?”How it Works:•For anything in OPA-land call your POC.•If POC on leave or not available, calldeputy director (Jeremy).•Can still call Merni, if BOS related or otherwiseneeds director-level attention.
  8. 8. WIIFY #2:Collaborative Training• Document and build upon skill sets.• Communicators (from all county agencies) can provide monthly 10-15 minute “Cliff Notes” training and overview opportunities.• Examples: NewsWire, Diverse Communities, FCPS
  9. 9. WIIFY #3:Advocacy• POC (and OPA) can assist you as an advocate for communications support, if necessary.
  10. 10. WIIFY #4:Communications OrganizationalModel Simplified:External * Employee *Emergency
  11. 11. Why Collaborate?Because Change Has BigTeeth.

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