Upcoming Events

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:00pm

Apply for Excellence in Extension grants! Individual grant information and application instructions are online. The deadline for all grant submissions is February 4 at noon. Please send all grant and application inquires to Alison DePenning.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:00am to Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 5:00pm

"Creating Accessible Digital Documents" walks participants through new processes when working in Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and Outlook. This free, hands-on workshop is being offered in various locations around the state. You can register online. The goal is to have everyone participate, county and state. Watch this four minute video by our diversity advisor, Ross Wilburn to learn more about our organization’s commitment to accessibility and eAccessibility.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

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Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00pm

Extension and Outreach Award nominations are due February 10th by 12:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Everything DiSC Workplace is a workshop to improve working relationships and communication in the workplace.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

In this workshop, you will begin to understand what emotions you are feeling and why, manage your responses to them, recognize what emotions others are feeling, and respond to them effectively.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:00pm

Individuals will learn how to identify, understand and respond to those who may be experiencing a mental health related problem or crisis. You will learn what to do, what to say, and how to offer support and resources with confidence. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course offered by trained facilitators and is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. For details, you may visit their site online

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:15am to 12:15pm

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Everything DiSC Workplace is a workshop to improve working relationships and communication in the workplace.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

All extension staff are invited to participate in Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Mu Chapter’s book study this winter on “Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight,” by Des Moines psychiatrist Dr. Loren OIson. The book was selected as a way to build inclusivity by learning more about the needs of the LGBTQ community. The cost for extension staff who aren’t ESP members is $20, which includes the book. Participants are encouraged to form small groups to discuss the book during January-March. The study will culminate with a face-to-face discussion with the author on March 31. (This is the day before Annual Conference.) To participate, register online by Dec. 18. For more information, contact Barbara Dunn SwansonESP Alpha Mu Chapter president.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 4:00pm

Navigating Difference

Ross Wilburn, diversity officer, and Carol Heaverlo, director of Professional Development, will be hosting Navigating Difference workshops at various county sites throughout the year.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

New Staff Orientation is offered twice a year to all newly hired ISU Extension and Outreach staff and faculty with an ISU Extension and Outreach appointment. Your orientation has been designed by new and experienced ISU Extension and Outreach staff and organizational professional development. The New Staff Orientation experience is evaluated and adjusted to fit the needs of new staff and faculty with Extension and Outreach appointment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 5:00pm

What is Crucial Conversations? It’s a course teaching skills/tools for creating a positive environment for dialogue. A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. When handled poorly or ignored, these conversations lead to strained relationships and dismal results. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Everything DiSC Workplace is a workshop to improve working relationships and communication in the workplace.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Content Editor Trainings

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Professional Development is offering a one day workshop for Extension and Outreach staff, faculty and council members, “Coming Together for Racial Understanding,” based on the national initiative developed by the Cooperative Extension Service Rapid Response Team.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Content Editor Training

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Professional Development is offering a one day workshop for Extension and Outreach staff, faculty and council members, “Coming Together for Racial Understanding,” based on the national initiative developed by the Cooperative Extension Service Rapid Response Team.