2023 Extension Master Gardener Coordinator Continuing Education Webinars
1:00 pm EST
February 8, 2023
A conversation about diversity in the Master Gardener Program: What’s working?
Presenter: Vanessa Venturini, Rhode Island Extension
This interactive session will be facilitated by Vanessa Venturini, state coordinator in Rhode Island and member of the National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion National Committee. Vanessa will share successful strategies from Rhode Island which has been making intentional efforts to diversify Extension Master Gardener volunteers for the past 3 years. The majority of this hour will be spent in a national conversation. Please come ready to with ideas of what’s working (and what’s not!) in your state in terms of diversifying your volunteer base.
April 12, 2023
National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) Update (https://consumerhort.org/)
Presenters: Sheri Dorn and Natalie Bumgarner
The last few years have convinced the world that plants really do have an impact on human health and well-being. However, there hasn’t been a cohesive teaching or training curriculum developed to support EMG coordinators in incorporating the benefits of plants into their volunteer intern training or continuing education. Well, the wait is over and we want to introduce you to a training handbook chapter along with off-the-shelf teaching and assessment tools that you can use in synchronous or asynchronous teaching format to engage your new or existing EMG volunteers on the topic of the power of plants and people.
June 14, 2023
Making the Most Out of Qualtrics: Setting up a Monthly Survey and Communications Tool
Presenter: Alyssa Vinson, UF/IFAS Extension
Learn how to develop a cost-effective communication tool that incorporates informal needs assessment, program marketing and Master Gardener Volunteer appreciation using Qualtrics. In 2022, the Manatee County Residential Horticulture program received over 2,000 individual responses and direct engagements with monthly horticulture content, informing future class formation and providing opportunities to thank Master Gardener Volunteers for their efforts.
August 9, 2023
Microaggressions and Implicit Bias as Barriers
Presenters: Anindita Das (Iowa), Melinda Garcia (Oregon), Shreemoyee Ghosh (Florida), Kayla Oberstadt (Wisconsin), Laura Valencia (Florida), Liliana Vega (California)
Implicit bias is inherently found within all of us. Through interactive discussion in a virtual setting, Extension educators will be guided on the topics of implicit bias and microaggressions by members of the NAE4-HYDP Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. Participants will learn to recognize and address implicit biases and microaggressions.
October 11, 2023
Generational Volunteering in Your Workplace and Community
Understanding generational characteristics can assist Extension Master Gardener Coordinators in engaging new community members as volunteers. Learn more about these generations and how to use this knowledge to strengthen your skills when working, learning, and volunteering together. Attendees will participate in activities to design programming and recruitment messaging for these volunteers. We look forward to great group conversation and idea sharing.
Presenter: Rachelle Vettern, ND State University Extension
Rachelle is a Professor and the Leadership and Volunteer Development Specialist for North Dakota State University Extension. In her Extension role, she conducts research and provides education for youth and adults in the areas of leadership, ethics, generations, youth development, and volunteer development. She has enjoyed working with many MGC’s on the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee, in the Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers Course, and across ND. In her faculty role, she teaches online classes for the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development master’s program.
December 13, 2023
From Reporting to Results: Strategies for Making Your Program’s Reports More Useful
Are you tired of spending hours collecting data that is just used in annual reporting? Do you struggle to make your program’s reports meaningful and useful for your stakeholders?
Let’s wrap up the year with a group discussion! Using jamboard and open discussion, EMG Coordinators will share and discuss the following topics:
- Capture Impacts by Documenting Meaningful Stories
- How are MGV Coordinators Encouraging/Recognizing Powerful Leaders
- How are we increasing diversity in our MGV program and why does that matter?