Public Issues Education Flyers 2019

Leading by Letting Go: Developing Community Leaders Utilizing a Participant Driven Planning Model

Wednesday, September 11th - 1 PM, EST

To affect positive change, community groups need a steady stream of leaders willing to engage and participate. The EVOLVE leadership development program has been created to help meet this need. This webinar will explore how utilizing past participants to design and run the program each year enhances effectiveness and increases sustainability, as well as the challenges of utilizing a participant-driven planning model.

Presenter: Julie Daniels, Community Development Extension Educator University of Wyoming.

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Community Leadership Strategies in Preparation for Renewable Energy Development

Wednesday, September 18th - 1PM, EST

Engaging community is an important first step before considering renewable energy as economic development project. Potential conflicts can be productively transformed by engaging citizens in a shared vision and effective leadership prepares residents by directly addressing concerns and focusing on key trade-offs and choices rather than misinformation or rumors.

Presenters: Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, Associate Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community Economics Ohio State University, Myra Moss, Associate Professor & Extension Educator Ohio State University. 

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Women in Ranching

Thursday, September 19th - 1 PM, EST

Women in Ranching empowers women by building a connected community of support on the land. This is accomplished in our Circles through experiential learning, self-inquiry and exploration and unique skill-building opportunities in a safe, facilitated environment. Our space allows women to break down negative self narratives, envision Big Leaps for themselves, and to find the YES! inside.

Presenter: Amber Smith, Women in Ranching Program Manager Western Landowners Alliance.

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Building Community Leadership Through a Local Government Leadership Academy

Wednesday, September 25th - 1 PM, EST

This webinar will focus on a program that develops leadership skills and decision-making approaches of local government officials. It’s built around an eleven-module curriculum from the Ohio Local Government Leadership Academy for elected officials from county, municipal, and township governments, and for appointed individuals who serve local government committees, commissions, boards, or task forces.

Presenter: Joseph E. Lucente, Associate Professor & Extension Educator Ohio State University.

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Listen. Learn. Lead.

Thursday, September 26th - 1 PM, EST

Great leaders are always learning and growing. Explore how Leadership Montana programming helps leaders of all ages and stages strengthen skills, set strong examples for peers, lead high-functioning teams, and build better communities for all.

Presenter: Chantel M. Schieffer, President & CEO Leadership Montana.

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URL for Viewing: https://msuextensionconnect. org/pklqhccoarno/ 


A County-Based Leadership Program that Fosters Community Knowledge and Business Skills

Wednesday, October 2nd - 1 PM, EST

This webinar will highlight Leadership Highland, a county-based leadership program that educates participants on personal leadership skills, the local community, and the regional economy. This program is held monthly over the course of nine months and covers topics ranging from agriculture to workforce development.

Presenter: Brooke Beam, Community Development Extension Educator Ohio State University.

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URL for Viewing: https://msuextensionconnect. org/pou070k02t0d/

Public Issues Education Flyers 2018

Building the Capacity of Extension for Public Policy and Public Issues Education: Current Efforts and Future Direction

Wednesday, November 7th — 1 PM, EST

Extension has a vital role in dealing with public issues where there can be disagreement and controversy. Extension educators and agents need the tools to be prepared to deal with these situations. This presentation will share a set of principles and guidelines for this work which was developed at Michigan State University Extension after a thorough review of relevant literature and a survey of Extension program leaders across the country. It will feature a report on the status of public policy/public issues education efforts nationwide within xtension, and discuss Extension’s efforts in this area as well as what resources exist to prepare Extension staff to do this work. All of these build on Extension’s historic role in helping the public evaluate information, examine values, explore alternatives and consequences, and make choices.

Presenter: Eric Walcott, State Specialist, Government & Public Policy Michigan State University Extension.

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Public Issues Education in Retrospect: Pennsylvania and Local Tax Reform

Wednesday, November 14th — 1 PM, EST

Between 1996 and 2006, Pennsylvania passed a series of local tax reform bills that gave school districts new local tax options, subject to local voter approval. This was a substantial change from prior law under which school board members had sole authority for tax levels; the Commonwealth did not allow voter referendum or approval of local tax decisions. The changes created a strong need for unbiased education to help voters understand these changes and their implications. This webinar will focus on Penn State Extension’s Public Issues Education programming on this issue, including program material development, program delivery, and impacts. In 2000, this extension program won the American Agricultural Economics Association’s “Distinguished Extension Program” award, and the Farm Foundation and National Public Policy Education Committee’s “Outstanding Public Issues Education Program Award.”

Presenter: Timothy Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics & Co-Director, Center for Economic & Community Development The Pennsylvania State University 

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Extension Professionals Building Relationships in Impoverished Populations

Wednesday, September 12th — 1 PM, EST

Research shows that when we dissolve social, economic, and cultural barriers among ourselves, communities become unified, and its members stand together in times of conflict, disaster, and other threats. When communities unify, safety increases, conflict decreases, and families thrive. The lines that separate us begin to blur. This webinar targets those professionals who wish to increase their understanding and their work in populations where poverty is endemic and persistent. Together we will build our own self-awareness about why we may turn away from people who are not like us. The more we understand about ourselves, the closer it brings us to learn about those who are different on many levels: rich or poor, young or old, with different educational backgrounds, or from different origins.

Presenter: Debra J. Bolton Extension Specialist Kansas State University Research & Extension.

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Lessons From a Three-State Community Review Program to Help Communities Achieve Diverse Goals

Wednesday, September 19th — 1 PM, EST

Community Reviews are comprehensive assessment programs that provide information and tools to help communities address priority issues and enhance quality of life for their residents. This webinar provides an overview of a three-year USDA-funded collaboration among Extension faculty and partners in three states to understand, evaluate, and improve how Community Reviews work and help participating communities see greater success in achieving their goals, specifically addressing economic vulnerability.

Presenters: Lorie Higgins, Extension Specialist University of Idaho, Michele Archie, Principal Harbinger Consulting Group.

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$21 Trillion in Unsupported Adjustments in the Departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development: Implications for Extension and Citizens

Wednesday, September 26th — 1 PM, EST

On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. This is not the only report with large adjustments; the webinar presenter, Dr. Skidmore compiled official government reports between years 1998-2015, which indicate $21 trillion in unsupported adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions. The learning outcomes for this webinar are to explore these adjustments, discuss potential impacts on economically vulnerable populations, and the implications for citizens in general and Extension, specifically related to personnel benefits and federal retirement.

Presenter: Mark Skidmore, Director, NCRCRD, Professor & Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy Michigan State University.

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Exploring Partnerships to Address Economically-Vulnerable Populations: A New Anchor Partnership Program Between Extension and Everyday Democracy

Wednesday, October 3rd — 1 PM, EST

Engaging people across their community in dialogue and community change with an equity lens can directly address issues of economic vulnerability and poverty. Everyday Democracy, a national organization leading in the field of dialogue and deliberation to promote stronger communities, has recently partnered with several state Extension programs with its new “Anchor Partners” Project. This webinar will explore this new partnership program and the role it can play in in addressing structural racism, engaging all different kinds of people in public dialogue, and linking dialogue to action and positive change, specifically for those who are economically-vulnerable.

Presenters: Paul Lachapelle, Extension Specialist Montana State University, Val Ramos, Director of Strategic Alliances and Equity Officer Everyday Democracy.

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