ISU Extension and Outreach is a knowledge-based organization and our people are our greatest asset. The Vice President for Extension and Outreach Tuition Assistance Program is designed to help our people move forward with their extension careers. County-paid and ISU-paid extension employees may apply for the program, whether taking credit courses from Iowa State, a community college, a private institution or other accredited public institution. Read more about Vice President for Extension and Outreach Tuition Assistance Program Announced
E-mail may sometimes be the most convenient, but it’s important to consider whether a phone call or face-to-face conversation might be more appropriate for the exchange. Read more about Best practices when communicating via e-mail
Micro-inequities fall between the cracks of what is considered traditional discrimination because they don’t fit neatly into a legal framework. They are subtle forms of discrimination-where a person is singled out, overlooked, ignored, or discounted due to their membership in a particular group. Read more about Micro-Inequity Behaviors - Are They Harming Our Organization?
Listening, Learning, and Working for a #STRONGIOWA Read more about 2018 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Annual Report
Civil dialogue involves creating a safe place for participants to assemble to discuss a challenging issue. The process of dialogue typically involves some level of facilitation, agreement to a set of guidelines, and has a central focus on increasing understanding among participants on the topic. Civil dialogue will always seek to foster listening and understanding. This particular framework focuses the dialogue efforts on race relations. Read more about Coming Together for Racial Understanding
Providing closed captions for videos is a best practice we should all be using. A study on television accessibility by Ofcom finds that 80% of people who use closed captions are neither deaf nor hard of hearing. And, while the remaining 20% is the most important audience to provide closed captions for, this goes to show how many environments call for closed captions. Read more about eAccessibility Update: Closed Captions
As part of ISU Extension and Outreach's commitment to inclusion, two new document accessibility Specialists have been hired to help remediate the nearly 25,000 pages of existing publications available through the Extension Store. Read more about Welcome to Ron Nelson and John Robnett
Creating Learning Objectives is a critical initial step in planning a program and assessing learning.
ISU Extension and Outreach’s primary product is research-based programs. As an initial first step in planning a quality program, it is important to begin with the end in mind; create program learning objectives that align with the program’s intended outcomes. Read more about Creating Learning Objectives
What exactly is emotional intelligence? It's all about self-awareness and self-management. Research shows that people with a higher EQ-i find more success in their work and personal lives. These individuals who "pick up" on the emotions of others and use that awareness to better manage their interactions with others, resulting in more positive outcomes. Read more about Enhancing Your Impact - Emotional Intelligence
As we continue to plan for and work toward Goal 2 of our Extension and Outreach Strategic Plan, we have updated the Individual Professional Development Plan for ease of use. It is now a fillable form and can be stored, reviewed and shared electronically. Read more about New FILLABLE Individual Professional Development Plan
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. These conversations when handled poorly or ignored lead to strained relationships and dismal results. Read more about Crucial Conversation Workshops offered
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach presented awards March 26 at the 2018 Annual Conference to extension professionals for their meritorious and length of service, as well as to valued partners. The awards ceremony at the Scheman Building in Ames was a combined ceremony with Epsilon Sigma Phi, ISU Extension and Outreach’s honor society. Read more about ISU Extension and Outreach Holds Annual Awards Recognition
The Excellence in Extension Fund is designed to improve and enrich the quality of educational programs offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and supports staff and programs through the distribution of grants. Excellence in Extension provides competitive grants that are open to all ISU Extension and Outreach employees - campus, field, and county.
Are you new to ISU Extension and Outreach? Or are you working with a new colleague or council member? The Top 5 orientation resource is a tool made to assist new staff, as well as mentors and supervisors as they onboard new staff and council members. Read more about Top 5 Orientation Resources Available
Explore here (Note: You must be logged into MyExtension to view the videos.) Read more about Explore How-to Videos Developed by ISU Extension and Outreach Organizational Advancement
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