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February 20, 2020

We hope to see you in Ames this spring for Annual Conference. The theme is Defining Your Success. How you define that success as an extension professional can vary across your career and accomplishments. But we know progress toward personal goals is achieved with ongoing professional development, inspiration and networking. You'll experience plenty of all three at this year's event. Registration is now open.

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January 10, 2020

Application deadlines:

  • Fall 2019                          June 17, 2019 - August 23, 2019
  • Spring 2020                     November 4, 2019 – January 10, 2020
  • Summer 2020                  March 9, 2020 - May 15, 2020

If you applied for 2019 Fall VPEO Tuition Assistance, deadline for reimbursement is January 31, 2020.     

About Us

The Professional Development Unit directly supports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s strategic plan, aligning the professional skills of our people with the needs of our organization. We conceptualize, design and present development opportunities that will motivate, challenge, strengthen and enlighten county and campus-paid staff, faculty and elected council officials.

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Signature Programs

Crucial Conversations - What is Crucial Conversations? It’s a course teaching skills for creating a positive environment for dialogue. A crucial conversation is a discussion where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. These conversations, when handled poorly, lead to negative results.

Navigating Difference Cultural Competency - The Navigating Difference series is designed to assist professionals in expanding their skills in working with diverse audiences. The curriculum consists of five modules developed by Washington State University Extension staffspecifically for extension professionals.

Everything DiSC Workplace, DiSC Management, Conflict Management and Work of Leaders - Everything DiSC Workplace is a full-day workshop offered to improve communication in the workplace by discovering your DiSC style, understanding the styles of others and how different styles can affect the workplace.

Emotional Intelligence: A Pathway to Self-Understanding and Improved Leadership - Emotional Intelligence refers to a distinct combination of emotional, social skills and competencies that influence our overall capability to cope effectively with the demands and pressures of work and life. This workshop utilizes an instrument that provides an intuitive framework to address questions at an individual, team, and organizational level. 

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