Two CED programs recognized for exemplary efforts in a challenging year

Every spring, ISU Extension and Outreach faculty and staff are honored for exceptional work in area ranging from service and volunteerism to excellence in research-based education, and 2020 was no exception.

However, this year Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence also recognized extension professionals who excelled at finding innovative ways to continue educating, informing, and serving Iowans during the global pandemic through a series of COVID-19 Exceptional Effort awards. The CED program earned two of those awards, featured here:

MPI/MPA logo with text "Municipal Professionals Institute and AcademyExcellence in Remote Instruction

Sara Shonrock, local government specialist, and Amanda Eggers, program specialist, earned an award for Excellence in Remote Instruction for their quick work in converting the 2020 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy from an in-person event to interactive virtual training with 301 participants. As a result of their 2020 experience, they are now offering this training both in person in July and quarterly by distance learning. Watch a video about how they adapted the programs here.



Rural Housing Readiness Assessment booklet coverExcellence in Innovative Program Delivery

The CED local government and housing team earned the award for Excellence in Innovative Program Delivery. This team converted the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) program from a complex, three-part, face-to-face series into an interactive, virtual workshop experience. RHRA is a tool that helps communities assess their housing needs and guides them in a decision-making process to address those needs. Team members include CED specialists Abbie Gaffey, Omar Padilla, Scott Timm, and Eric Christianson; Shonrock; Julie Robison, IDRO program manager; and Jon Wolseth, CED program associate director. Watch the video about the retooled RHRA here.