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2021 ESP National Conference



Invited Member Presentations

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Another record number of proposals to present scholarly work were received this year from ESP Members. The 2021 Conference will include peer-reviewed presentations throughout the conference. 

We request that you register your concurrent session preferences this year. Pre-registration for a concurrent session is more important this year than ever as we will limit attendance in some seminar rooms to maintain a healthy room capacity. 

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As a planning reference for presenters, you may wish to re-visit the Call for Proposal - 2021 National Conference.

Here is a list of all ESP Member presentations that have been invited to present at the Savannah 2021 Conference. 

Session One Session Two Session Three  Wednesday Lunch Session Four   Poster Session

Session One

CYBER Meeting Facilitation Plan: A Participant-Centered Approach

Pivoting from in-person to virtual meetings has been a necessity during COVID-19. This session connects theory to practice related to design and implement of participant-centered virtual meetings. The VARK learning-style preferences and competencies for online group facilitators (Thorpe, 2016) informed the creation of the CYBER model of virtual meeting facilitation.

Research Presentation (1 of 3)          Session #1A                  Level: Introductory

Kristi Farner, Program and Staff Development Specialist
University of Georgia
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)

Additional Presenter: Lauren Ledbetter Griffeth   


The Role of Disruptive Innovation in Cooperative Extension

The Theory of Disruptive Innovation (Christensen, 1997) is a business theory with relevant application to Cooperative Extension. Disruptive Innovation can be perceived as both an opportunity and threat to Extension but is necessary for the system to remain relevant, survive uncertain economic situations, increase competitive advantage, and prevent organizational decline.

Research Presentation  (2 of 3)        Session #1A                  Level: Introductory

Cayla Taylor, Program Development Manager
Iowa State University
Iowa – Alpha Mu (North Central)   


Understanding iGen: Best practices for working with today’s emerging generation

Research compiled in the book iGen indicates that today’s teens and young adults entering the workforce, are super-connected, less rebellious, and more tolerant, but at the same time also less happy and unprepared for adulthood.  This interactive session will look at what this means for current and future Extension programming.

Research Presentation     (3 of 3)     Session #1A                  Level: Introductory

Brenda Pruett, WVU Extension Agent
WVU Extension/4-H
West Virginia - Phi (Northeast)

Additional Presenters: Alexandra Coffman and Denis Scott 


An Educator's Tool To Understanding And Teaching Temperament: Activity For Adults and Youth To Understand Temperament and Successful Group Work

Research on behavioral characteristics has been researched for years. This interactive session participants can learn the nine temperament traits utilized in many personality inventories, a temperament tool to assess theirs and others temperaments, understand why some people are harder to work with, and provide self-reflective ideas for better group work.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1B                  Level: Intermediate

Lisa Siciliano-Miller, 4-H and FCS Educator
The Ohio State University
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)     


Anchoring Your Programs through Collaboration

Community organizations can work together in four ways: networking, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration. This interactive presentation explores the benefits and potential risks of community collaboration, defines the roles of community-based collaborators, and describes the Extension leader’s role in creating a shared vision and joint strategies that lead to collective impact.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1C                  Level: Introductory

Sue Chapman, Associate State 4-H Leader
University of Georgia
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)

Additional Presenters: Jenna Daniel, Angel Jackson and Sharon Liggett 


Civility – What the World Needs Now…

“Civility” -being open and respectful of others values and beliefs. Though it may sound complicated, civility is simply defined as showing respect toward someone else. Through interactive exercises, activities and discussion participants will reach a deeper level of awareness and appreciation for how we can inadvertently make assumptions and judgments.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1D                  Level: Intermediate

Carole Smith, 4-H Youth Development Faculty
Oregon State University Extension Service
Oregon - Gamma (West)

Additional Presenter: Debra Warnock   


Extension as an Anchor in Times of Challenge and Change

This mother and daughter educator team will share their unique story with you as they review 85 years of Extension through three generations of educators in their family. Together, we will explore how the Extension has helped our audiences become resilient in the face of challenge and change.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1E                  Level: Introductory

Shannon Carter, Extension Educator
Ohio State University
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenter: Marilyn Sachs   


Leading Through Change: Organizational Leadership Through Crisis

Imagine taking a new extension position weeks before the pandemic, at the height of the shut-down and months into the pandemic.  Through this panel, participants will gain an appreciation for change leadership approaches during COVID-19 focusing on five domains: people-centered approach, reimagining value chains, emphasizing local, virtual infrastructure, and government.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1F                  Level: Intermediate

Casey Mull, Assistant Director of Extension, 4-H Youth Development
Purdue University
Indiana – Alpha Lambda (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Kia Harries and Molly Hunt 


Road map to achieve diversity in Extension…. How should we take action?

There is an imminent need to reinvent Extension to serve new audiences.  This interactive and engaging session focuses on presenting a roadmap, with practical examples of specific actions taken to create a culture of inclusion into Extension programing, as well as sharing quantitative and qualitative outcome and impact program evaluations.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1G                  Level: Intermediate

Maria G Fabregas Janeiro, Director Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development and Program Leader
University of Missouri
Missouri – Alpha Tau (North Central)


Using Flippity in Virtual Extension Programs

Extension programming during the COVID-19 pandemic provides the opportunity for innovative and non-traditional delivery methods.  Flippity, a free, online platform that allows users to build digital activities. This session includes an overview of Flippity, independent time to explore the resource, and discussion opportunities about applying Flippity in Extension programming contexts.

Seminar Presentation          Session #1H                  Level: Introductory

Kasey Bozeman, Extension 4-H Specialist
University of Georgia/Georgia 4-H
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)

    

Session Two

Best Practice Recommendations of Volunteer Risk Management Policies and Procedures

Recently conducted research from the doctoral dissertation “Best Practice Recommendations for Risk Management of 4-H Volunteers” will be discussed. Volunteer Specialists were asked to identify the volunteer risk management policies and procedures currently in place in their states. The findings will be discussed including a list of best practice recommendations.

Research Presentation  (1 of 3)        Session #2A                  Level: Intermediate

Al Parker, Northeast District 4-H Program Development Coordinator
University of Georgia
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)   


Finding Harmony Through Qualitative Data Analysis

The multi-state Youth Retention Study explores 4-H first-year experiences from youth and adult perspectives. Qualitative responses examining youth and adult perspectives on expectations, enjoyment, and challenges are examined, as well as how the study findings can enhance understanding of the first-year 4-H experience and retaining more youth in the program.

Research Presentation  (2 of 3)        Session #2A                  Level: Introductory

Cindy Wells, Youth Development Specialist
University of Missouri
Missouri – Alpha Tau (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Car Mun Yuk, JoLynn Miller and Sarah Hensley


The Adaptability of County 4-H Professionals to an All-Digital Setting During the Remote Work Period Based on Change Style Preferences

When the work shifted during the 2020 pandemic, Extension professionals not only made the switch to remote work, but they had to adjust to digital program delivery rather than in-person.

This study describes the adaptation of Ohio 4-H Professionals to an all-digital programming environment based on their Change Style Indicators.

Research Presentation  (3 of 3)        Session #2A                  Level: Intermediate

Mark Light, Extension Educator and Area Leader
The Ohio State University
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenter: Jeff King   


Community Change Leaders - Characteristics That Make a Positive Difference in Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills/Behaviors

True leadership is about creating positive change. Individuals can embody certain characteristics, increasing the probability of change occurring. This workshop serves as an interactive laboratory, integrating these characteristics with community needs. Rural or urban, thoughts provoked through this experience create a greater sense of empowerment through change.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2B                  Level: Intermediate

Craig Rotter, Executive Director-Texas Rural Leadership Program
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Texas – Alpha Zeta (Southern)

Additional Presenter: Julie York   


Effective Strategies to Connect with Teleworking Staff

This presentation will examine the management strategies during the past years while teleworking due to COVID-19. There were several strategies adopted that facilitated the transition including access to technology, increased communication, creating additional reporting expectations, emphasizing work-life balance, focusing on outcomes, and setting clear expectations.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2C                  Level: Intermediate

Kathy Bruynis, Extension Educator and Area Leader
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenter: Chris Bruynis   


Enhancing Collaborations by Implementing a Community Engagement Model: Making a Difference!

Ever wonder why some collaborations always seem emerging and vibrant while others often fade into the sunset?  In this presentation, we will define how proactive Extension offices establish alliances in their community and continually maintain those relationships utilizing innovative practices using community engagement strategies.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2D                  Level: Introductory

Dennis DeCamp, Family and Consumer Science Educator
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenter: Treva Williams   


Facing Racism Together: Combining the Power of Technology with Extension's Reach to Address Difficult Issues

Facing Racism Together seeks to help Extension professionals discover how technology can be harnessed to foster dialogues designed to enhance racial understanding. In doing so, Extension professionals may help the diverse populations they serve to move forward in a productive manner that affects positive change.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2E                  Level: Introductory

Jason Estep, Extension 4-H Specialist
University of Georgia
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)

Additional Presenter: Joan Koonce   


Leadership and Advocacy: Are they the same?

Extension professionals are viewed as leaders in their community. Being a good advocate means building rapport and collaborations. Come learn about advocacy as a form of leadership. Participants will take a DISC personality tests to determine traits and delve into how they can support advocacy efforts.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2F                  Level: Intermediate

ESP Public Issues Committee
Travis West, Sheriden Hansen and Peter Wolfhorst


Strategies to Engage At-Risk Youth by Creating Positive Learning Environments

Youth in alternative educational programs often have a history of challenges in all aspects of their lives. This demographic can be a challenge to engage in learning activities because they have had negative experiences in traditional educational settings. Informal extension programs provide opportunities to provide education in new, distinctive ways.

Seminar Presentation          Session #2G                  Level: Intermediate

Jessica Adams, 4H Educator
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Alisha Barton and Amanda Bennett 


4-H Tech Changemakers Project: Empowering Teens & Serving Rural Communities

With over 23.4 million people lacking broadband internet access in the U.S, communities continue to struggle. Feeling secure and knowledgeable enough to adopt and use the technology is another challenge. Through the 4-H Tech Changemakers project, youth and adult teams taught digital literacy and safety skills to communities across America.

Ignite Presentation (1 of 4)      Session #2H         Level: Introductory

Kasey Bozeman
kaseyb@uga.edu
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)  

 

Community Partnership Expands 4-H Programming

Learn about a partnership between Rock Eagle 4-H Center and the Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society.  This partnership revitalized one of the oldest dwellings in Putnam county and developed it into an educational space available for community events.  Community partnerships can provide a mutualistic relationship that allows further reach into the community.

Ignite Presentation (2 of 4)    Session #2H     Level: Introductory

Matt Hammons
mhammons@uga.edu
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)


4-H is for Everyone: Pulaski 4-H H.E.R.O.E.S. Program

As a partner with public education, Pulaski 4-H seeks to afford opportunities to all youth, including those with special education needs.  HEROES is a safe, inclusive program that helps youth learn life skills, engages them in hands-on lessons over Healthy Living and STEM, and allows youth to learn & grow.

Ignite Presentation (3 of 4)     Session #2H       Level: Introductory

Sonya Jones
sonyaj@uga.edu
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)


Camp Exploration Kits Engage Youth at Home

Through a need to keep camp relevant to families and youth who missed out in 2020, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Exploration Kits were born! The team created and marketed kits to deliver 4-H Camp to kids at home. Participants will learn to develop, market and ship kits of their own.

Ignite Presentation (4 of 4)    Session #2H     Level: Introductory

Jo Williams
williams.2213@osu.edu
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Erin Dailey and Kristy Watters


Session One Session Two Session Three  Wednesday Lunch Session Four   Poster Session

Session Three

Determining Strategic Priorities for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

The Georgia Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program created a strategic plan to guide growth and development. Surveys explored program coordination topics, and facilitated discussion sessions identified strategic priorities. Attitudes of survey respondents supported goal development for each priority, and comparison of responses by organizational perspective allowed measure of internal alignment.

Research Presentation (1 of 3)          Session #3A                  Level: Intermediate

Paul Pugliese, County Extension Coordinator
University of Georgia
Georgia – Alpha Beta (Southern)

Additional Presenter: Sheri Dorn   


Farmers Talk to Farmers, Extension Listens: Modern Networking and Needs Assessments

Faculty at University of Florida, IFAS conducted focus groups with identified “new farmers” to understand their teaching, research, and Extension needs. A Farmer- to- Farmer networking event took place at a well-known local food market. New farmers identified the greatest needs for more education in pest control, management and marketing.

Research Presentation (2 of 3)          Session #3A                  Level: Intermediate

Liz Felter, Regional Specialized Agent
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Florida – Alpha Delta (Southern)

Additional Presenter: Hannah Wooten   


Removing barriers to expanding Extension’s urban programming footprint

Findings from a land-mark study identifying barriers Extension experiences in serving urban residents will be presented, along with a discussion of policy implications and recommendations for potential next steps to continue to move Extension forward in its ability to provide expanded and relevant educational programs and resources to urban residents.

Research Presentation (3 of 3)          Session #3A                  Level: Intermediate

Marie Ruemenapp, Extension Outreach Specialist
Michigan State University
Michigan – Alpha Psi (North Central) 


Building a Foundation to Strengthen the Organization

Organizational strength and resilience depend on the strength and resilience of individual team members. To better support and guide advancement in rank of our county-based Extension educators, we came together to build on an existing educator advancement approach. Learn more about our advancement model and evaluation feedback collected to date.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3B                  Level: Intermediate

Gregory Davis, Associate Department Chair
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Patricia Bebo and Kirk Bloir 


Career AGsperience: Unlock the Secrets of Helping Youth Prepare for a Successful Career

Career AGsperience, is an agriculture career literacy program that includes curriculum related to agriculture careers, career planning, resume development, internship acquisition, interviewing skills, and business etiquette; supplemental materials; and assessment tools for virtual and in-person programming. It is easily adapted for career exploration in other sectors.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3C                  Level: Introductory

April Barczewski, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Maryland Extension
Maryland - Tau (Northeast)

Additional Presenter: Thomas Hutson   


Equity and Inclusion:  How to Apply Cultural Intelligence in Your Local Programming

Demographics are changing across the  United States. To increase organizational and individual effectiveness educators must increase their ability to interact effectively and respectfully with diverse audiences. This interactive session is designed to help participants learn key concepts and background of Cultural Intelligence and apply the concepts in local programming.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3D                  Level: Introductory

Steve Brady, 4-H Extension Educator
The Ohio State University
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)    


Mentoring Programs in Extension: What's in it for me?

Mentoring is used in business, education and Extension. Learn how mentoring impacts mentors, mentees and organizations. Participants will learn the different types of mentoring frameworks, what are important components of successful mentoring relationships, how to start a mentoring program and how to evaluate and maintain it to keep it thriving.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3E                 Level: Introductory

Lisa McCoy, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator
University of Maryland Extension
Maryland - Tau (Northeast)    


Practical Evaluation Practices

During this session, we will discuss barriers to conducting program evaluations, learn evaluation basics, and explore long-term outcome measurement through the programmatic example of organizational development. This session is not about evaluation theory and is intended for those interested in starting their journey towards practical evaluative practice.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3F                  Level: Introductory

Paul Roback, Community Development Educator
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin – Alpha Sigma (North Central)   


Life in a Pandemic – The Reality of Extension Professionals Experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone including Extension. A taskforce of Extension professionals from four states created a webinar series for their colleagues addressing issues related to work-life balance; parenting; social - emotional support and wellbeing. This presentation will describe the webinar series and share the results of survey data.

Seminar Presentation          Session #3G                  Level: Intermediate

Barbara Swanson, Human Sciences Specialist
Iowa State University
Iowa – Alpha Mu (North Central)

Additional Presenters: Janet Fox and Kendra Lewis 


Session One Session Two Session Three  Wednesday Lunch Session Four   Poster Session

Wednesday Lunch Session

Adapting Extension Programs to an Online Environment - Case Study: NJ 4-H Igniting Your Leadership Potential

Learn how two NJ 4-H faculty created online, fee-based leadership courses for youth during 2020, out of necessity from COVID-19. Hear about their successes, challenges, and best practices. Discover whether you are ready to move your programming to an online environment and whether it's right for you and your clientele.

Ignite Presentation (1 of 3) Session: Lunch Level: Intermediate

Sharon Kinsey
sbkinsey@njaes.rutgers.edu
New Jersey – Alpha Xi (Northeast)

Additional Presenter: Jeannette Rea Keywood


Using Program Area Collaboration to Deliver Fresh Farm to Table Content

Extension works best when we work together in program area collaborations to assist our shared client-residents. Learn how a program area collaboration showed how to plant, harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh, healthy, seasonable produce in quick and engaging social media videos.

Ignite Presentation (2 of 3) Session: Lunch Level: Introductory

Jenny Lobb
lobb.3@osu.edu
Ohio – Alpha Eta (North Central)

Additional Presenter: Timothy McDermott


Unintentional Discrimination: Promoting Ability Awareness and Accommodation in Extension Education

Are you disabled? Probably. But, that is not how you want to be seen, is it? The fact is, we all have varying levels of ability and disability. Let's discuss how we can transform our thinking to see individuals' abilities rather than their challenges.

Ignite Presentation (3 of 3) Session: Lunch Level: Introductory

Emily Doosing
edoosing@missouri.edu
Missouri – Alpha Tau (North Central)


Session One Session Two Session Three  Wednesday Lunch Session Four   Poster Session


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