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April 8, 2020

Your DiSC Style and Working Remotely

These times they are ‘a changin’ - including how we communicate. Physical distancing and working remotely don’t afford us our normal communication methods. Soon, if not already, we will notice the even bigger need to be aware of our communication style and the style of others.

The Everything DiSC concept of “stretch,” (those that have taken the workshop, remember the rubber band exercise) or flexing into behaviors not typically associated with our personality type, is important right now.

April 2, 2020

We were thrilled to have Dr. Kevin McDonald, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion from the University of Virginia as the Keynote for our virtual Annual Conference this year. Dr. McDonald gave an inspirational message on Inclusive Excellence. Enjoy the video again that he shared with us: To Speak Up for Inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion.

eLearning Resources

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The EDEN Professional Development committee hosts monthly webinars that provide disaster-related education and training opportunities for Extension professionals. These webinars are open to all Extension professionals regardless of affiliation with EDEN. Join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for this month's professional development webinar entitled Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Heritage Collections. This webinar will provide an overview of preservation concepts and the emergency preparedness cycle as they apply to cultural heritage collections. The presenter will teach the use of risk assessment as a tool for preparedness and provide resources for disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. A digital handout listing these resources will be included. There is no charge for this webinar.

In Beyond the Basics and Advanced Features learn about polling, downloadable file options, recording, layering and much more.

Topics include: Joining, scheduling, and hosting a Webex meeting, navigating the meeting window, Canvas LTI integration overview. This webinar was also offered March 26 and March 27,

Topics include: joining, navigating, scheduling, inviting others, host controls, recordings, and Q&A.

Learn how to login, create a meeting room, use existing meeting rooms, conduct a webinar or meeting. 

An *introduction* to Connect, Zoom, and Webex will be given. You will learn which technology is best suited for what purpose.

Consider these online learning resources for your personal and professional development. Remember to visit with your supervisor prior to beginning a professional development opportunity. 

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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. 

A flyer is available online and for download.