Breakout Session 2 - Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

Below you find session information for the sessions that will happen concurrently during Breakout Session 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

Coordinating a Response to the Box Tree Moth, an Invasive Nursery and Landscape Pest

Speakers: David Lowenstein, Jeremy Jubenville, Heidi Lindberg,

Description: In 2021, a shipment of boxwood plants containing an invasive insect arrived at several Michigan nurseries. Boxwood is a shrub that is regularly planted in yards, and members of the consumer horticulture and floriculture work teams responded by collaborating with campus extension specialists, and regulatory groups to secure an Emergency Project GREEEN grant to implement an early detection effort that will identify if this invasive insect has become established. This statewide project required trainings, trapping, and participation from Michigan residents and nursery retailers that have boxwoods. Our group will describe the methods to address this challenge to the nursery industry, how to handle communications with a broad group of stakeholders, and efficient use of resources and time to coordinate the effort to search for this invasive insect.

Intended Audience: Individuals working on group projects or who are looking to adopt tools for managing regional and statewide programs that involve large audiences

Learning Outcomes: Participants will gain insight into navigating complex issues that require interactions with public entities and residential stakeholders. We will provide tips for project organization and MSU Extension tools that are relevant to tackle a rapidly emerging issue.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership,Partnerships and Collaborations,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Fostering Community Engagement in Environmental Education Using NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence

Speakers: Ellen Koehler, Misty Klotz, Bora Simmons, North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE), National Project Director for Excellence in Environmental Education

Description: Interested in making your environmental, natural resource, and education work more effective? By exploring best thinking and best practices about integrating environmental education with community engagement, this interactive workshop is designed to provide:

  • Overview of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education 
  • Introduction to Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence
  • Questions, engagement, discussion throughout

Intended Audience: Those dedicated to working in partnership with communities to strengthen environmental quality, social equity, and community well-being.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of NAAEE National Project for Excellence
  • Increased knowledge of Community Engagement Guidelines
  • Increased knowledge of additional resources provided by NAAEE
  • Increased understanding of how to assess your community and its strengths  
  • Increased understanding of how to match your education strategies to your community engagement goals

Core Competencies: Partnerships and Collaborations,Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting,Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 101

Speakers: Amanda Tickner

Description: Presentation and analysis of spatial data (information that has a geographic relationship, e.g. Covid cases by county) can be used to educate the public on a wide variety of matters. The explosion of "story maps" on the web is just one example of how graphics can be used to tell a powerful story. In this session, we will examine the basics of GIS...what it is, how you can access this powerful tool, and how you can incorporate it into your curricula.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Better understanding how graphic information can enhance educational efforts.

Core Competencies: Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting, Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Grant Writing Roadmap - From Idea to Application

Speakers: Cheryl Howell, Mary Mahoney

Description: Thinking about writing a grant - This session will take you through the steps from idea to application, using specific examples for funding a grant idea, From finding funding sources to navigating the various grant  application processes and systems.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees interested in grant writing

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding how to take an idea to grant action
  • Understanding the resources available for grantwriting
  • Understanding the information and questions needed for successful grantwriting
  • Understanding the steps needed to actually apply for grants.

Core Competencies: Physical and Fiscal Resources,Partnerships and Collaborations,Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting


How to Recognize and Plan Our Way Out of Burnout in Uncertain Times

Speakers: Jaimie Hutchison

Description: As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis continues to create uncertainty in our lives, we may find ourselves having decision making fatigue or having trouble making decisions about things that we do all the time. In this webinar, we will define burnout, explore the stages of burnout, and explore steps to minimize burnout in order to help us healthfully continue to navigate these uncertain times.  

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Recognize the signs of burnout, Work your way back toward health, identify what stage of health you are in.

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


The Importance of Adult Sibling Relationships and Caring for Aging Parents (90 min)

Speakers: Georgina Perry, Holly Tiret

Description: Sibling relationships change as the years go by, usually very close in early years, less so in teens/early adult years, then growing closer as the years go by. One of the things that tends to bring siblings back together in later life is the need to care for aging parents. Caring for an adult or child with a chronic condition has its challenges. Having a robust caregiver circle of support often includes one’s adult siblings. During this workshop we will explore how being an informal caregiver affects ones mental and physical health and how to maintain and nurture sibling relationships.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore different types of sibling relationships, birth order related to personality and the myths and facts of only children.
  • Discuss adult siblings and how it relates to your caregiving journey.
  • Learn how mental and physical health is impacted as a caregiver.
  • Learn about and practice self-care strategies.
  • Explore information on Powerful Tools for Caregivers class series as a resource for support.

Core Competencies: Other

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The Jim Crow Museum Virtual Tour (90 min)

Speakers: Jennifer Hasso

Description: Join the Jim Crow Museum Educator and Collections Database Administrator, Cyndi Tiedt, as she leads visitors through the Jim Crow Museum via an interactive virtual tour. The museum displays a wide variety of everyday artifacts depicting the history of racist portrayals of African Americans in American popular culture. The Jim Crow Museum says it has amassed the nation's largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond. Please note this session will be 90 minutes long.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: "I have a goal to create a room that when people come into that room, it changes the way they talk about race." - Dr. David Pilgrim, Professor of Sociology, Ferris State University; Curator, Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This session will not be recorded.

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Mid-Michigan Autism Association (MMAA) Training on Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (90 min)

Speakers: Cathy Blatnik, Diondra Straiton

Description: Join this session for an introduction to autism spectrum disorder and neurodiversity. Hear an overview of clinical features of autism spectrum disorder, “autism friendly” behavior, and suggestions for staff at organizations on how to support families and make their spaces more inclusive. This training will be led by Cathy Blatnik, President and Diondra Straiton, Vice President of MMAA. This session will include real-world examples from the family perspective as well as up-to-date information about relevant clinical aspects and research.

Intended Audience: Anyone who teaches or interacts with Individual(s) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Learning Outcomes: Ability to identify the following:

  • Features associated with a diagnosis of ASD
  • Common myths and misconceptions about ASD
  • Strategies to help support individuals and families 

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Niibish (Water) & Anishinaabek: Discussing Our Dynamic Relative

Speakers: Emily Proctor, Charlee Brissett, Caroline Moellering

Since time immemorial water has impacted every facet of life for the Anishinaabek and continues to do so for all people living in the Great Lakes region. Our panel will explore Anishinaabe perspectives on water including water policy and governance, health and mno bmadsawin, natural resource management and cultural teachings and responsibilities.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Learn different perspectives surrounding water policy, governance, health, natural resource management and cultural teachings and responsibilities.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption; Partnerships and Collaborations


Qualtrics Basics

Speakers: Michelle Carlson

Description: Learn how to create basic surveys that you can distribute with a link. We’ll talk about question types, basic survey options, and how you can access and share the results.

Intended Audience: Anyone who uses (or wants to use) Qualtrics

Learning Outcomes: Ability to create, share and analyze results of a basic survey

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Step Inside the CNI Kitchen

Speakers: Erika Garner (Facilitator); Angela Maniaci Tate, Ashly Nelson, Caitlin Lorenc, Jane Rapin, Michelle Smith, Lanae Bump, Jax Christian, Tara Hovis, Valerie Albright, Karen Parker

Description: One of the best parts of the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP nutrition programs are the cooking demonstrations! So step into the CNI Kitchen where you will see staff across the state showing off their class favorites, sharing tips and tricks and fun recipes that you can include in your own programming.  Join our food demo lightning rounds to learn about unique taste tests, cool cooking techniques, how to facilitate a cooking demo (in-person or on-line) and network with other community nutrition instructors.

Intended Audience: HNI-CNIs

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Staff will be able to identify one new recipe they can use in their classes.
  2. Staff will develop the confidence to do cooking demonstrations.
  3. Staff will be able to discuss with peers about offering food demonstrations.

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Using Library Resources to Support Your Scholarship

Speakers: Suzanne Teghtmeyer

Description: The MSU Libraries have developed a guide to the many resources and services available to Extension personnel and Educators in Michigan. Organized by MSUE Core Competencies, it is a guide to book, article and media materials accessible through the MSU Libraries and beyond. The discussion will assist personnel in discovering and acquiring materials to support them in their growing endeavors.

Intended Audience: Educators, specialists

Learning Outcomes: Confidently utilize MSU Library resources to support your work

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism, Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting