July 18, 2019 | 12:00-1:30pm ET
Constructing Cohorts that Enhance Employee Engagement in Extension
Amber Shanahan, 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).
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.