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TRACKS AND BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Civil Rights
Creating Respectful Workplaces  – SUPERSESSION
Expanding Access: Providing Leadership
What’s New? 2012 Civil Rights Days

Budgets/Grants
County Budget & Contract Development
Finding Grant Opportunities: Where Do I Start”
Grantsmanship & Budget Office Services in Support of Grant Activities

Technology
Mission Impossible: The Case of the Missing Meeting
To (SharePoint) Infinity and Beyond
WordPress: Best in Show

Essentials
The Department Head Role & Scholarship
Difficult Conversations
Performance Management: A Roadmap for Supporting Colleagues County Leadership Essentials
Taking the “ic”k Out of Political

Communicating Value Through Relationships
Talking About Our Public Value:  How Does Our Work Benefit “All”
Getting the Word Out: Media Resources & Strategies for Your County’s Extension Work
“What? Somebody doesn’t value our office?  How can that be!”

Other
Your Role in the Title Review Process
Managing Work/life
The Power of WE: Leadership Principles in Communities of Color

CIVIL RIGHTS

Creating Respectful Workplaces  – SUPERSESSION
Presenter: Bob Gregg – Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field law firm, Madison
Respectful and inclusive workplaces bring out the best in us.  We work to our full potential when we are being treated with fairness and respect, when our voices are heard and when we are recognized for our contributions.  Understanding the principles underlying equal opportunity laws is essential for leaders who want to create respectful workplaces.  Bob Gregg will guide us through the basic information we, as Extension leaders, need to know to comply with the equal opportunity laws.  He will help us apply this knowledge to create places where our colleagues will feel comfortable and do their best work.
Bob Gregg is a partner in the Boardman, Suhr, Curry and Field law firm in Madison.  He practices employment law and has been professionally engaged in a wide range of employment relations work for over 30 years.  In addition to litigation, a major emphasis of his practice is consulting to analyze the workplace, develop policies and procedures, and resolve employment problems before they  generate legal action.  Prior to entering private practice, Bob was the Chief Equal Rights Officer for the Wisconsin Personnel Commission.  In that position, he took part in creating laws and regulations which cover employment in both public and private sectors.

Expanding Access: Providing Leadership
Presenter: Civil Rights Leadership Team
County leaders often ask how to provide leadership for Civil Rights outreach and reporting in a way that benefits communities, our educational  programming, and our county offices.  You want colleagues to see these activities as valuable and not on the margin of their priorities.  This session uses a systems approach to show how civil rights activities are essential to Extension education and the Inclusion value of Cooperative Extension.  Bring your questions as we help you see a holistic view of transformational education for underserved audiences – one that benefits the community and the educator and one that you can use to enhance your leadership.  We will discuss:

  • Ways to talk about civil rights outreach with colleagues, local officials, and other community partners.
  • How to integrate inclusive educational strategies into programming from the beginning.
  • Your thoughts and questions.
What’s New? 2012 Civil Rights Days
Presenter: Civil Rights Leadership Team
Civil Rights Review Days provide an opportunity for sharing and learning about best practices for expanding access to people who are protected by the Civil Rights Laws and other underserved  groups.  The Cooperative Extension Civil Rights Leadership team offers conference participants this opportunity to have an open discussion about how to make civil rights days successful and effective for all colleagues involved.The team is developing some new approaches for 2012 civil rights days that will make the experience more meaningful by offering guidance to county colleagues in the months preceding civil rights days, building capacity and strategically developing visiting teams to meet the needs of civil rights review goals.   Civil rights is an ongoing process, so it’s never too early to start planning for a civil rights review day.  This session will highlight some of the changes expected to roll out in 2012, and the opportunities available through the Civil Rights Leadership Team.

County Budget & Contract Development
Presenter: Howard Fenton – Accountant
This breakout is for those Department Heads involved with planning the annual 133 county contract and/or preparing their county’s Extension office budget including the county’s 40% share of educators’ salaries and fringe benefit costs. The breakout will look at the entire 133 county contract process from the initial budgeting phase through the reconciliation. The presenter will also demonstrate use of the worksheet for calculating county educator’s salary and fringe benefit cost and how it can be used to help prepare the office’s annual calendar-year budget.

Finding Grant Opportunities: Where Do I Start”
Presenter: Jesse Szeto – Director for the Office of Extramural Support (OES)
Jesse will demonstrate two web-based grant search data bases (GRC and COS/Pivot), currently available to all UW Extension staff. Searching for grants can be cumbersome and time consuming. These two data bases track different types of opportunities, and COS/Pivot can also be set up to send weekly grant opportunity notices directly to your email inbox.

Grantsmanship & Budget Office Services in Support of Grant Activities
Presenters: Chris Whalen –  Grants & Contracts Coordinator and Chad McClure – Financial Specialist
Grant proposals can begin with a personal vision or dream… Grants help us advance the mission of Extension and to develop cooperative relationships with our funding agencies, our communities, and the people we serve. In this session we will discuss the administrative processes involved in grant proposal processing and grant financial management.  Examples of topics to be discussed include grant budget development, WISPER proposal routing,  payrolling employees on grants, monitoring expenses in WISDM, and no cost extensions. We will also discuss the role of the Office of Budget and Fiscal Operations in support of grant administration.

Mission Impossible: The Case of the Missing Meeting
Presenter: Molly Immendorf – Instructional Technology Specialist 
Good day, colleagues.  The evil twins, Time Constraints and Budget Cuts, have affected our ability to collaborate face-to-face as often as we have in the past.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to learn how to use SharePoint and Blackboard Collaborate to meet from afar. As always, should you or any of your workgroup be snowed in or traveling, the Dean and Director will disavow any knowledge of your actions  or, more likely, applaud your ingenuity for using distance technologies.  This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, colleague.

To (SharePoint) Infinity and Beyond
Presenter:  Deanna Schneider – Interactive Media Developer and Jane Marquardt – Office Manager, and Kevin Graeme, Interactive Media Specialist
Join Buzz Lightyear (Kevin Graeme), Jessie (Deanna Schneider) and friends as they explore beyond the workspace in SharePoint. Learn about data collection options, meta data, and custom forms and how they can help you battle Emporer Zurg’s destructive capacity (repetition, paperwork, data entry errors) and save the galaxy (or at least a little time)!

WordPress: Best in Show
Presenter: Lisa Linfield – Technology Education Specialist and Mike Maddox – Horticulture Educator 
Have you preened your WordPress site into a finely coiffed champion or does it need a bit more grooming?  Join professional WordPress handlers Lisa Linfield and Mike Maddox as they take some CES websites for a turn around the ring.  Whether you’re maintaining an existing County website or a site on FYI.uwex.edu, you’ll learn techniques for making your site one of the best of its breed.

The Department Head Role & Scholarship
Presenter: Dan Hill – Secretary of the Faculty & Staff
This session will explore the relationship between the county department head role and scholarship as it is defined by UW-Extension.

Difficult Conversations
Presenter: Deb Jones – Western District Director
Is “avoidance” your middle name??  Do you get knots in your stomach at the thought of facing a potentially contentious situation?  Are you someone who knows when you should have a conversation with a colleague, but will procrastinate in hopes that the situation will magically disappear?  If so, welcome to humanity!  You can take solace in the fact that you are among the majority of people.  So how do we take that first step to initiate a difficult conversation?  We will talk about reasons for entering into difficult conversations as well as simple strategies for what to do once you get there.  We will also examine our own fears and attitudes that are often the greatest barriers to our ability to take that first, important step that eventually leads to greater understanding and stronger relationships.

Performance Management: A Roadmap for Supporting Colleagues County Leadership Essentials
Presenters: Kathy Miller – Interim Northern District Director and Yvonne Horton – Associate Dean & Associate Director
One of the most important factors affecting employee engagement, and thus employee productivity and effectiveness, is performance management. Supporting colleagues in providing performance management is important and essential. Conversations, coaching and feedback need to occur regularly to ensure that work expectations are clear. This session will address tips to do just that – both through the performance review process, and effective communication throughout the year.  We will explore the entire spectrum of performance management and improvement strategies – including employee performance improvement, development, training, 360 degree feedback, and regular performance feedback.

Taking the “ic”k Out of Political
Presenter: Communicating Value through Relationships Action Team
Resources and techniques in making your office political effectiveness planning fun, meaningful, and strategic.

Talking About Our Public Value:  How Does Our Work Benefit “All”
Presenter: Ann Keim – Family Living Associate State Program Director and Nancy Brooks – Family Living Program Specialist
We are successful at talking about how our work benefits those we directly work with, but how can we take the conversation up a notch to make a case that our work benefits all the residents of a community/county/or state?  Using the work of Dr. Laura Kalambokidis from the University of Minnesota, we will describe strategies for framing messages about our programs in terms of the public value they provide.  Examples from 2012 statewide team plans and individuals will be shared and participants will have an opportunity to create their own.

Getting the Word Out: Media Resources & Strategies for Your County’s Extension Work
Presenter: Jackie Askins – Associate Public Information Specialist, Lorre Kolb – Communications Specialist, and Meg Gores – Editor
How can you get media attention for the work you’re doing in your county? A press release? Facebook or other social media? A podcast? We’ll take a look at these and other forms of media, discuss resources that are available and suggest ways you can build a better relationship with your local media.

“What? Somebody doesn’t value our office?  How can that be!”
Presenter: Communicating Value Through Relationships  Action Team
Identifying and connecting with your missing links.  Techniques in making your office political effectiveness planning fun, meaningful, and strategic.

Your Role in the Title Review Process
Presenter: Bev Phillips – State WNEP Coordinator
County Department Heads and WNEP Coordinators have responsibilities when a Title Review Request is initiated by an individual Academic Staff member they supervise.  Your role in the process is critical and you would not want to find yourself unprepared because not aware or knowledgeable about the process when the time comes.  Do you know your role?  How often a Title Review Request can be initiated by an individual Academic Staff person you supervise?  Where would you find out or how? The current economic situation in the state has resulted in a significant number of eligible Individual academic staff members initiating a Title Review Request.  Gaining knowledge regarding your role in the process should be your first step.  This workshop can help you become familiar with the process and prepare you if anticipating your involvement during the upcoming year.  An Academic Staff Council Member will lead this session and help you gain knowledge and the information you need to know to successfully fulfill your responsibilities.

Managing Work/life
Presenter: Patrick DuCharme – UW Colleges & UW-Extension Employee Assistance Consultant
This stress management session will help attendees gain a better understanding how stress can build in their lives and will leave with a self-assessment and practical tips/suggestions they can implement at work and at home.  Patrick has given multiple stress and work-life balance presentations during his 2.5 years with UWC and UWEX and has provided dozens of individual stress management consultations.  He has a Master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison, is a certified independent social worker (CISW) in the state of Wisconsin and is certified as an employee assistance professional by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (CEAP).  The Employee Assistance services are free and confidential for all staff members, whatever the percentage FTE and their immediate family members and partners.  You may confidentially consult regarding work &/or personal issues.  You can contact Patrick via:  email patrick.ducharme@uwex.uwc.edu  or by calling either 608-265-5127 or 800-385-8511

The Power of WE: Leadership Principles in Communities of Color
Presenters: Juana Bordas, Mestiza Leadership International
To serve our increasingly diverse and complex communities, we must embrace new ways of thinking and leading. This transformation requires an understanding of our interconnectedness – one that embraces the power if WE and the American Indian belief that “We are all related.” Leadership in communities of color is based on this belief and focuses on growing people’s capacities and fostering collective purpose. These practices can guide us in developing culturally competent organizations that integrate the history and values of our diverse society. This session will take a deeper look at leadership principles in communities of color and utilizing these to enhance the work of Extension Services.