Breakout Session 5 - Thursday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

Below you find session information for the sessions that will happen concurrently during Breakout Session 5 on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

"Because That's What Heroes Do" - Inspiring Youth to Connect and Rise to New Heights through Fan Culture

Speakers: Anna L. EldenBrady

Description: Fan culture is often dismissed as childish or weird, but some of those captivated by their favorite media are deeply engaged in it in ways that exemplify creativity, critical thinking, and a social justice mindset. Fan culture can be used as a communication tool not only as a shared interest with youth, but also as a call to action to make the world a better place. In this session, participants will learn what fan culture entails, how it can be used to foster communication and connection, and the ways fan culture can be (and has been) used to advance social justice and to (in the words of Hank and John Green) "decrease world suck."

Intended Audience: Those who work with youth AND/OR those looking for creative ways to engage in DEI/social justice work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand the difference between being a fan of a media property and being a part of the fan culture of a media property.
  • Participants will learn ways in which fans build connections with one another through engagement with media.
  • Participants will learn the unique ways in which fan culture has elevated social justice work to “increase world awesome.”
  • Participants will hear about ways in which Michigan 4-H has authentically connected with youth through various aspects of “fandom” in the past year.

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Other


Behavioral Based-Interviewing – What it is, Why it’s Used, and Getting Prepared

Speakers: Gina Flores, Keri Rowley

Description: Representatives from Extension HR discuss the ins-and-outs of behavior based-interviewing and how you can be prepared ahead of an interview.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Learners will understand what behavioral interview questions look like and gain skill at answering them

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism, Other


Compost Markets in Michigan

Speakers: Charles Gould

Description: Farmers, landscape businesses, and nursery and greenhouse operators were surveyed in 2019 and 2020 to identify market factors that would facilitate an increased volume of compost into those sectors. This presentation will summarize the findings of the survey.

Intended Audience: Individuals who want to keep organic material out of the landfill and composting businesses that want to increase compost sales.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:

    • Describe the compost characteristics considered important to farmers, landscape businesses, and nursery and greenhouse operators.
    • Explain the difference between and significance of agriculture, landscape, and greenhouse and nursery specifications reported in the 2005 and 2019 Michigan compost marketing reports.
    • Explain the conditions that motivate agriculture, landscape, and greenhouse and nursery sectors to use compost.

Core Competencies: Other


Decolonize Your Plate

Speakers: Crystal White

Description: Connect through diet with your ancestors/ immigrant/ indigenous experience, and knowledge to

eat as healthy as possible.

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about Foodways

Learning Outcomes: Elevating cultural foodways as healthy diet practices

Core Competencies: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Demonstrating & Cooking for a Group Safely

Speakers: Lisa Treiber, Kara Lynch, Laurie Messing, Christine Venema

Description: Cooking and food demos are very popular. Why is it important to use food safety best practices during food or cooking demonstrations?  Do our participants notice and replicate   food safety missteps that may occur?  Join food safety team members to learn why food safety is important as well as tips for safe food demonstrations and receive resources for you and your participants

Intended Audience: CNI and CYI staff who demonstrate cooking

Learning Outcomes: The importance of preparing for a professional and safe presentation whether it's online, classroom or farmers market. Making sure food safety is taken into consideration before, during and after (participants have take home ideas as well) a demonstration.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership, Partnerships and Collaborations, Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Effective Coaching Skills for Strengthening Leadership

Speakers: Ritchie Harrison

Description: What is your vision for a thriving work culture? Does it involve motivating yourself and others, improving team performance, and delivering effective results with diverse groups and individuals? Chances are that whatever you describe as your vision for a thriving organization it will likely involve skills that can be enhanced through coaching. Coaching involves practices which can help build the confidence, skills, and performance of individuals. Not only should top leaders within organizations be coached but they should also be demonstrating their coaching skills as leaders to empower staff, sharing wisdom, and fostering communication and effective feedback. This session will provide insights from Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) which launched the Leadership Coaching Fellowship program to provide GLLA alumni and MSU Extension staff the opportunity to strengthen leadership coaching skills.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes: Improved leadership skills and more knowledge of coaching techniques

Core Competencies: Teamwork and Leadership


Is Step III For You? Tips for Potential Success

Speakers: Deb Barrett, Rob Sirrine

Description: Learn tips for applying for Step III status from those who have been successful. As past chairs of the Step III Peer Review Committee, Rob Sirrine and Deb Barrett will share tips for potential success as a Step III candidate. Session will include overview of the current process and timeline along with helpful hints and tips for creating a Step III portfolio.

Intended Audience: Educators who want to learn more about, or are considering applying for Step III, along with any administrator or supervisor that wants to learn how to be supportive of a Step III candidate.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will increase knowledge and understanding of the current Step III guidelines, timeline and tips for potential candidate success.

Core Competencies: Team Work and Leadership,Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Making Global Issues (and Solutions) Relevant to the Person on the Street

Speakers: Brian Klatt

Description: We see the issues every day in the headlines…climate change, extinction of species, and the need for sustainable development. But for the average person, it is frequently difficult, if not impossible, to relate to these concerns. This session will make direct connections between three United Nations' global efforts related to these issues and the individuals whose lives Extension is dedicated to improving...the people of Michigan. Resources will be provided that will help Educators develop research-based information that will help relate these issues to every day life.

Intended Audience: Educators from all Institutes

Learning Outcomes: Improved ability to relate global issues to individuals.

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


Online Facilitation: Effective Virtual Engagement

Speakers: Bethany Prykucki, Marie Ruemenapp

Description: Take your online meetings to a new level. Join us in helping you make your next virtual meeting more effective by learning tricks and tips and new platforms to help you look like a pro!

Intended Audience: Applicable to all staff offering virtual programs/meetings

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn tangible skills to host effective meetings. Participants will be introduced to online platforms they can use for effective meetings/facilitation

Core Competencies: Educational Delivery and Technology Adoption


Real Colors - Part 2 (You Must Register for Part 1 and Part 2)

Speakers: Anne Baker, Jackie Martin

Description: Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience providing participants with the skills to better understand their own personalities. The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Instrument: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange. Participants will gain an understanding of the four personality colors and discover where they fall on the Real Colors spectrum and explore how different personalities communicate, work, and think in different ways.

Intended Audience: All FEC Attendees

Learning Outcomes:Identify your personality type and how best to interact with other personality types.

Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Organizational Professionalism


Supporting Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Remotely: Experiences from Our Peers

Speakers: Carol Bublitz, Kendra Gibson, Caitlin Lorenc, Jane Rapin, Ali Rogers, facilitated by Sarah Eichberger

Description: Our virtual work environment has forced us to think differently about how we maintain partner relationships and collaborate on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change in support of healthy lifestyles. This session will feature Community Nutrition Instructors who have successfully navigated our remote working environment to guide partners through making PSE change. We hope their experiences will inspire you as you consider how to help make healthier choices easier and accessible within your local community.

Intended Audience: Community Nutrition Instructors, and/or others interested in partnering with Community Nutrition Instructors in support of systems change

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify key elements in supporting systems change work
  2. Consider ways our remote work has supported innovation
  3. Use experiences shared to inform your local effort to support PSE change with partners

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


Tips for Improving Your PEARS Reporting

Speakers: Norma Lundeen

Description: During this 45-minute session you will hear tips and tricks for reporting in PEARS. You will hear ideas for how to speed up reporting and improve quality of your reporting. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

Intended Audience: Anyone who reports in PEARS

Learning Outcomes: Learn how to improve your PEARS reporting and feel more comfortable reporting in PEARS

Core Competencies: Program Development, Evaluation, and Reporting