Monday, July 15
Creation of a Portfolio System for Agent
Joe Hunnings, Virginia Tech
Virginia Cooperative Extension will be rolling out a Canvas CMS-based portfolio system as a means of facilitating and monitoring Agent on-boarding. In this webinar we will share details about the development, structure, and function of the portfolio.
Tuesday, July 16
An Innovative New Staff Orientation Experience Online
Kim Fleming, Cornell University
Leslie Boby, University of Georgia
Part 1 (Kim Fleming): 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.
Part 2 (Leslie Boby):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.
Wednesday, July 17
Better Together: Mentoring Team vs Mentor
Kristi Farner, University of Georgia
Kelle Ashley, University of Georgia
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.
Thursday, July 18
Constructing Cohorts that Enhance Employee Engagement in Extension
Amber Shanahan, University of Minnesota
Nancy Hegland, University of Minnesota
Trish Sheehan, University of Minnesota
Celeste Carmichael, Cornell University
Part 1 (Amber Shanahan, Nancy Hegland, Trish Sheehan): 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.
Part 2 (Celeste Carmichael):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.
Friday, July 19
Looking to the Future - Succession Planning Panel
Moderated by: Kenneth Jones, University of Kentucky
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