Fall 2020 Professionals Meeting

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Extension Professionals Meeting will be held as a series of virtual workshops.

We have four workshops scheduled (details below) but are open to scheduling additional workshops in 2021 if there is interest!

These workshops will all use the same Zoom Link. There is no need to register, just click the link to join in!

Password: 287241

There will be time allotted for questions and answers during each workshop but you may also submit questions to extension.epc@maine.edu in advance to help our presenters come prepared.

Click the name of the workshop below to see notes and information from that workshop.

October 6, 12:00-2:00 p.m. – “Managing the Mess – How GSuite Tools Can Help” with Mari Glatter

Do you struggle with productivity or project management? Do you wish there were an easy way to remember important emails and tasks?  Would you like to avoid long email chains when trying to communicate on a group project? Learn how simple GSuite tools can work together in powerful ways to simplify daily work tasks. To be prepared for our time please have Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Hangouts added to your desktop.

12:00-12:30: Structured Getting to Know You (using Padlet)

12:30-1:30: GSuite Tools with Mari Glatter

1:30-2:00: Technology Share-out

November 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Promotion Application Process 

This will be a facilitated discussion between current applicants, application reviewers, and staff who have recently navigated the process.

Reminder: If applying for promotion this year your letter of intent is due to Hannah Carter, in care of Angela Hart by November 2nd.

November 17, 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Grants Workshop

This workshop will help you learn about finding and researching grants as well as Extension’s process for applying for and processing grants.

12:00-12:10: Rebecca Long, EPC member, will facilitate introductions and an icebreaker. What is your dream grant? If you could get a grant for anything, what would it be and why? No restrictions. (Keep it legal!)

12:10-12:55: Jen Bonnet, Social Sciences & Humanitarian Librarian from the Fogler Library, will provide an interactive demonstration of using Pivot to research grant opportunities.

12:55-1:00: Break to stretch and have informal conversations to get to know each other.

1:00-1:10: Jason Lilley will share some best practices and “things not to do” from his experience.

1:10-1:20: Dennis Harrington and Michael Bailey will discuss Extension’s expectations and deadlines.

1:20-1:45: Q & A

1:45-2:00: Wrap up, provide a brief survey about the workshop and gauge interest in future workshops.

December 8 – Engaging diverse and first-generation Extension audiences.

Extension staff from the University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development will guide an exploration of five principles in the form of an ‘organizational lens’ – a tool we can use as we examine our own practice, develop programs, and make decisions about organizational practices, values, policies, and allocation of resources.

This guiding framework, the Diversity and First Generation Lens, was developed by our presenters. It can be applied across all Extension programs to see our work in a new way- a way that helps us do our best to engage diverse and first-generation 4-H youth, master gardeners, farmers, and families to build our programs to better reflect our communities.

Participants will engage in discussion and small group learning. We will use the Lens and a reflection tool to think about the principles and ways to apply them to our work.