DATE/TIME: Monday, July 15, 2019
SESSION TITLE: Creation of a Portfolio System for Agent On-boarding
PRESENTER: Joe Hunnings | Director, Planning and Reporting, Professional Development and Civil Rights Compliance, Virginia Tech
SESSION DESCRIPTION: Virginia Cooperative Extension will be rolling out a Canvas CMS-based portfolio system as a means of facilitating and monitoring Agent on-boarding. While the system will be in its very early use by mid-July, I am glad to share information about its development, structure, and function.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
SESSION TITLE: An Innovative New Staff Orientation Experience Online
Kim Fleming | Professional Development and Volunteer Involvement Specialist, Cornell University
Leslie Boby | Interim Coordinator Southern Regional Extension Forestry, University of Georgia
- Part 1: New Staff Orientation Online
Kim Fleming, Cornell University
Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration at Cornell University gathered input from current staff, new staff, and directors to design an online orientation course intended to help new employees to better understand our organization and the resources and supports that are in place for them during their first few months on the job. This training, ready on demand, prepares new staff to be able to explain the purpose and breadth of Cornell Cooperative Extension to others; locate system-wide resources including policy and procedures; identify professional development opportunities, and connect with others building collegial networks that will assist with current work.
- Part 2: Seeding Success-National Onboarding Program for Forestry and Natural Resources
Leslie Boby, University of Georgia
A national team planned and launched an online onboarding program for early career Extension forestry and natural resources professionals. The course was launched for a live cohort, via webinars, and are now being turned into e-learning modules for future use. https://sref.info/seeding-success/about
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
SESSION TITLE: Better Together: Mentoring Team vs Mentor
Kristi Farner | Program and Staff Development Specialist, University of Georgia
Kelle Ashley | 4-H Extension Agent, University of Georgia
SESSION DESCRIPTION: A positive mentor experience can be helpful for retaining new employees during the onboarding experience for new agents while providing opportunities for mid-career and veteran staff to have leadership opportunities, but it is often hard to find one person to be the perfect fit for a mentee. In this session hear about how one state changed their mentor program to have mentor teams instead of a single mentor for each new agent. Data indicates by splitting the mentor role into two distinct roles mentees and mentors feel more supported. The pool of mentors has grown outside of a program area and mentors increase collaboration by working on a team.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 18, 2019
SESSION TITLE: Constructing Cohorts that Enhance Employee Engagement in Extension
Amber Shanahan | Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Nancy Hegland | Program Leader-Youth Development, University of Minnesota
Trish Sheehan | Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Celeste Carmichael | Program Development & Accountability Specialist, Cornell University
- Part 1: Constructing Cohorts that Enhance Employee Engagement in Extension
Amber Shanahan, University of Minnesota
Nancy Hegland, University of Minnesota
Trish Sheehan, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Youth Development has rolled out a long-term cohort learning format that heavily supports staff as they're onboarded via hybrid learning, and continues on with each two additional cohort series as staff transition into the next season of their work. The cohort learning provides continuous connectivity with both experienced staff and new peers, building strong relationships that influence employee engagement throughout the trajectory of their role. This session will outline the construction and development of the three cohort series (Onboarding, Anchor, and Sustain) and will outline the processes used to enhance the leadership components of these trainings (participatory leadership, action learning, and more).
- Part 2: Program Development Leadership Cohort Builds Community, Skills and Experiences
Celeste Carmichael, Cornell University
This in-depth program planning experience is intended for staff with major program leadership responsibilities. The intent is to strengthen skills related to building: program plans & proposals, inclusiveness and diversity, evaluation, and mentoring relationships with colleagues. Graduates are demonstrating continued success - writing proposals and modelling the program development process to colleagues - serving as mentors and support. PDLC is a 4 month commitment that includes two face to face events, online learning topics, and zoom meetings.
DATE/TIME: Friday, July 19, 2019
SESSION TITLE: Looking to the Future - Succession Planning Panel
MODERATOR: Kenneth Jones | Director - Program and Staff Development, University of Kentucky
SESSION DESCRIPTION: In 2018, the Southern Region-Program Leadership Network Program & Staff Development Committee began an assessment of the strategies being undertaken across the Southern Region related to succession planning. As lead, Dr. Ken Jones will facilitate a panel discussion of those efforts identified thus far and where Extension can go from here. Panel members include:
- Dr. Deacue Fields – Dean, Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas
- Dr. Rochelle Sapp - Leadership Development Specialist, University of Georgia Extension
- Dr. Jeffrey Young - Director of County Operations, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service