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Learning & Development: Facilitation, Racial Understanding, Engaging Webinars

Find webinar announcements and recordings here.
Find information on Extension delivery; building support; and office, team and personal management here.

Call for
 WebANR Presenters and Topics
Do you have a WebANR Cafe Thursday topic and presenter to recommend for our Third Thursday Cafe' WebANRs? Or do you have a topic that you would like to present?

WebANR topics are based on the areas of Extension Delivery, Building Support, and Office & Team Management. Our targeted audience members are ANR advisors, community educators and others. Your feedback will be reviewed by leadership and we will let you know at a future date if added to the WebANR planning process. Please share your recommendations here.

Collaborative Facilitation – Are you interested in:
Learning collaborative facilitation techniques?
Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of your collaborative processes?
Increasing your comfort level in applying facilitation skills?

If so, please fill out this interest survey by Friday May 8, 2020. We will let poll responders know if we have enough people to form a cohort (20 people).

More information on Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process
You have participated in many meetings. You've observed that some are successful, decisions are made, and action items are delegated. Other meetings have seemed pointless. Still others go on and on with no decisions made. Worse are contentious meetings where bridges are burned. If you are ready to run successful meetings, consider participating in the Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process Tools Workshop. It is open to all UC ANR academic and staff employees, including Statewide Program volunteers.

Collaborations and group processes are complex, dynamic and unpredictable. Successful processes are based on shared understanding and learning, and work towards common goals. However, we know that this doesn't always happen. Then what?

Collaborative facilitation and group process tools support success, allowing everyone to feel heard and to contribute. Whether you have a lead facilitator role or are a group participant, join us in learning appropriate and applicable facilitation tools to use before, during and after your meetings.

Racial Understanding
From July 27-29, 2020, 20 members of the ANR community will engage in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” workshop. Participants will explore the power of language, their commitment to inclusion, understanding of past and present policies and practices of inequality and how to begin the work of dismantling racism and inequities within our UC ANR community.

UC ANR has committed to additional diversity, equity and inclusion activities including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Collaborative Group, the Intercultural Development inventory (IDI) program, and some employees voluntarily participated in community forums such as the 21-Day Racial Challenge and others. These activities enable ANR employees to dig deeper and develop greater understanding of our unconscious biases, societal structures that exclude people, and provide transformative challenges in the quest of for strengthening inclusion at ANR – within and outside the organization.

Upcoming Webinars

eXtension Social Café - Extension Response & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Join Rose Hayden-Smith for an informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. It will open with a 5-15 minute “tutorial” of a tool or feature on commonly used social platforms, or a brief showcase of a Cooperative Extension employee who is using digital communications in innovative and effective ways. The remainder of the time will be devoted to sharing, discussion and Q&A. See more events on the eXtension Social Café Calendar.

Juntos – A College Preparation Program
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
In this webinar, Jose Campos will share the Juntos Program, a college preparation course being offered in multiple counties in California primarily to Latinx youth. Jose will provide an overview and host a discussion how other counties could possibly replicate this program. Zoom access: | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Video Production discussion and next steps
May 12, 2020
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • Q&A with participants about video editing. What was difficult? What went well?
  • Sharing and review of examples
  • More information coming! | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Creating & Conducting Engaging Webinars
Register here.
Wednesday, May 13
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In this webinar, hosted by eXtension Foundation staff Mark Locklear, Molly Immendorf and Aaron Weibe, you'll learn how to:

  • Plan a webinar by answering a few key questions about audience and objectives;
  • Anticipate and troubleshoot technology issues (including security);
  • Optimize Zoom features to meet your learning objectives;
  • Structure a meaningful online experience that meets participants needs; and
  • Use a range of tools and strategies to keep participants engaged (polls, surveys, chat, etc.). 

Register here:

How to Host Engaging Webinars: Advanced Topics
May 18, 2020
Time TBD
Registration: Coming

In this webinar, hosted by eXtension Foundation staff Mark Locklear, Molly Immendorf and Aaron Weibe, you'll learn how to use:

  • More advanced Zoom features (e.g., rooms, settings);
  • Zoom recordings on other platforms (YouTube, Facebook Live, Google Drive);
  • Archived chat to create educational content for other platforms; and
  • Webinars as Learning Circles for more focused and engaged small group work.

Registration coming soon.

Disability Management
May 21, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m.
Join David Ritz, Disability Management Director at UC ANR. Learn about your role as a supervisor and the policies you need to know. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Award Process
Wednesday May 27, 2020
9:30-10:30 am
Once a sponsor elects to fund a proposal, the review, negotiation and award acceptance process begins. This webinar walks you through what is happening in the Office of Contracts and Grants, and what to do when the accepted agreement arrives in your office. | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Everyone can learn something new. 

ANR Learning & Development
Find webinar announcements and recordings here.
Office: 530.750.1239

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:18 PM

We're in this together - wellness through times of change

Our mission supports all Californians. That includes all of us at UC ANR. The current health crisis calls us to be intentional about self-care even as we also care for others, such children and extended family. All the while, we are balancing a new way of working so we can continue to support California's healthy families and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments.

It doesn't matter whether you're an office assistant, advisor, field worker, human resource partner, vice provost, staff research associate or community educator. All of us support the work of our mission.

Connection is important. Hold check-ins with your colleagues or team; set up calls via phone or Zoom. Remember that each of us responds differently to hardship. Those who feel upbeat and have fewer burdens to tackle can connect with colleagues who may have more home responsibilities or are experiencing anxiety.

There are many areas of care – physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental. These times call upon us to come together as a community and lift each other up. Please share in the comment section ideas to keep us resilient through COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving information that will help people manage.

For now, here is a brief list of resources:

Well and Working
Wellness Activity Library (UC Davis)
Guidance for Telecommuters (UC ANR) (see computer ergonomics at home, too)
Ergonomic Tips for Telecommuters (UC Davis)
Basic Ergonomic Exercise (YouTube)
Leading Through Crisis (UC Berkeley Haas)

Home Learning for Kids

Check your local county 4-H website for educational resources for youth.
California 4-H recommended curriculum
California 4-H Project Sheets
UCCE Santa Clara County's Online Learning Participation
4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide 30 fun, skill-building activities to help kids live a healthy life.
How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Crisis with Free Resources
 Today Show
Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world
PBS offers free access to activities for kids and parenting information
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (nonprofit) offers free resources for interactive online learning
Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade)
Work on Life Skills for Children Ages 2-18, you know, that stuff you always think you should teach your child before they grow up and move away?
Ways to support kids during the Corona Virus Crisis (

Family and Community Health

Taking Care of Elders

Taking Care of Elderly Family Members or Neighbors Washington Post
Guidance Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding for COVID-19 (CDC)
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products (
Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? (Penn State)
Coronavirus Disease Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers John A Hartford Foundation
How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus NYT

Coping Through Stress
Finding your productive mindset LinkedIn Learning
Coping with Stress Brought on by COVID-19 (UC Davis Human Resources)
Insight Timer The largest free library of guided meditations
Calming Music (Youtube) 
Coronavirus Anxiety – (Nanak Naam – Youtube)
What you are experiencing is grief (Harvard Business Review)

ANR Zoomercise
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:30 – 1 pm
Join UC Riverside/UC Bernadino Counties employees Christina Davidson and Michele Byrnes who are offering Zoomercise sessions! Exercise can be done in a small space and modified. Let Christina or Michele know if you want to lead a session. Plug in @ Meeting ID: 239 765 343 | Password: 940529

Crowd-sourced Wellness Ideas from All-hands Meeting - March 20
During our ANR all-hands meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2020, many of you helped crowd-source things you were implementing to care for yourselves, others, and your larger communities. Here are some ways you are finding solutions to your new circumstances:

How are you practicing personal wellness?

How are you managing children at home?

How are you supporting extended family and local community

Work out in living room every morning

Cooking! Lots of cooking


Daily walks in nature

Go for walks in the desert

Letting the chickens run around in the yard


Reflecting that I can only control my own actions and reactions

Walks with my partner, using iNaturalist to document life

Multiple daily walks with children and dog.

Focusing my thoughts on love and service

Picking up trash around the neighborhood


Stationary bike

Daily walks, yoga and Zumba in the living room

Enjoying time with family

Working in the garden


Being kind to myself and forgiving myself when I am not the perfect parent

Wall ball!

Roof ball (or rather, watching my son play this. He loves it)

Playing board games with kids

They are fending for themselves; I think.

Gardening, learning about food preservation, practicing reading, learning how to be a homeschool teacher

Practicing youth curriculum with my kids. as well as educational

Baseball in the back yard; lots of this Harry Potter board game

Communicating the importance of my work time

Keeping them busy outside.

Trying to give them attention and projects they can do by themselves while sneaking in some work.

Working later in evening when kids are in bed

Keeping a schedule

Laughing and dancing

Having a visual poster schedule for school assignments




Lots of texts and phone calls

Family WhatsApp call everyday

Staying in VERY close contact and making sure they are separating fact from fiction

Texting and checking in with loved ones

Call them daily

Encouraging older relatives to stay home


Grocery shopping for them; encouraging them to take this all seriously

Found places my older parents could safely shop

Calling and texting to make sure they have what they need

Family group chat, sharing jokes and memes









Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:44 PM

Learning & Development: Grant tracking, experiential learning, new leadership literacies


New skills? Extension Delivery? Building Support? Personal, Team and Office Management? Check out the Learning and Development website. Future webinars are posted and past webinar recordings are archived here.


Intro to Contracts & Grants and the Grant Tracking System
January 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
This training is for academics and staff who are new, or just need a refresher, to submitting proposals for external funding. We will provide an introduction to the Office of Contracts and Grants including an overview of the proposal submission process and the Grant Tracking System. Zoom access: |1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice - Webinar 2
January 30, 2020
1 p.m.-2 p.m. 
Making our educational practices public: There's value in the conversation. Reflective practice as an ongoing “check in” strategy can help educators advance their practice. Reflective practice is enhanced when educators share and discuss ideas with colleagues. Zoom access: 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

New Leadership Literacies for the Future
January 31, 2020
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST

Register here by Jan. 29.

Futurist Bob Johansen, Cornell Cooperative Extension, has thoughts about the future. He feels the world will become explosively more connected.  The historical practice of centralized organizations will become brittle in a future where authority is radically decentralized. Rigid hierarchies will give way to liquid structures. Because of technological advances and demographic changes, most leaders aren't ready for this future.

What could this mean for us personally and for Cooperative Extension? Join us for a Learning Circle to discuss the transitions organizations are making and how we can prepare for these changes. We will take a look at a part of Johansen's New Leadership Literacies and his vision of how leaders need to prepare themselves for a new way of leading organizations and people. 

2020 Grant Essential Summit
March 2-3, 2020
Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 31, by noon.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 Grant Essentials Summit, a professional development program to promote the grantsmanship and leadership capacity of extension researchers and educators at UC ANR. This two-day program will feature:

  • Free-writing (productivity)
  • Team Science (justification, exercise, methods)
  • Finding and evaluating funding opportunities
  • Non-proposal communication
  • Narrative strategies
  • The review process
  • And more!

Application Process: Email ANR Program Support Unit, or call Julia Kalika at (530) 750-1380 or (530) 750-1361.
Course Content: Vanity Campbell, Coordinator, Proposal Development Services, UC ANR Office of Contracts and Grants,, (530) 750-1329.

Conflict Competence for Staff Register with UC Learning Center 

January 29, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
February 27, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis
April 23, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
June 23, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis

This highly interactive course provides tools to help you effectively prevent and resolve conflicts at work. You will learn strategies to successfully communicate your needs, lower others' defenses, and navigate emotionally charged situations. Please note that this course has significant overlap with “Conflict Competence for Managers and Supervisors,” but focuses on interpersonal conflict dynamics with colleagues and supervisors. Travel is not covered.

Conflict Competence for Supervisors Register with UC Learning Center
February 25, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento
April 30, 2020; June 23, 2020 – UC Davis Campus, Davis
May 20, 2020 – UC Davis Health, Sacramento

At the end of this course, you will develop a personalized plan to address your specific conflict management needs. Please note that this course has significant overlap with “Conflict Competence for Staff” but includes an additional focus on managing conflict from a leadership position.


Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training Register Here
Registration deadline February 13, 2020
February 18-20, 2020
This training will provide individuals with a new way of looking at program and project development to help new and existing programs across your states and institutions identify gaps in their planning, ensure they are most ready for implementation, and have explored all considerations to maximize local impact.
Recommendations for selecting individuals to participate include:

  • Individuals such as a program leaders 
  • Individuals that work closely with your leadership team
  • Possess strong confidence in facilitation skills
  • Can be effective in working alongside your leadership team and other program leaders to catalyze innovation throughout your organization.

Individuals must have the permission of their Extension Administrator or Director to participate.

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice - Webinar 3
Feb 20, 2020
10:00 -11:00 am
Sustaining momentum around experiential learning and reflective practice through a Community of Practice. What are steps are needed to continue my professional growth? Zoom access: 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Cultivating Youth Scientists with Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
February 25, 2020

Our Experiences from the ANR Grant Project: Developing a Culturally-Relevant Civic Science Approach to Improving Scientific Literacy for Latino Youth

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the YPAR model and its potential for improving scientific literacy and civic engagement.
  • Learn about how YPAR aligns with civic science.
  • Improve understanding of the current ANR-funded project in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties. +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Proposal Development and Proposal Process
Wednesday, February 26
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Learn about the steps involved in the proposal submission process from developing your idea to submission. We'll go over identifying funding opportunities, developing the project concept, building collaborative teams, drafting the proposal, submitting to OCG for review, and submission to the sponsor. 1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Anytime learning

Why Conflict is Good and How Managers Can Embrace It LinkedIn Learning - Managing Team Conflict Succeeding as a leader means being a master of relationships. You need to know how to connect with people at all levels in the organization through the good and the bad—especially the bad. 

Because where there's conflict, there's an opportunity to grow. Read More.

4 Ways to Get Noticed for the Job You Want (With Video) LinkedIn Learning
Finding a great job starts with a great resume. Easier said than done, right? If you want to get noticed for the job you want, you need to craft a resume that's worthy of more than six seconds. In the LinkedIn Learning course Writing a Resume with Stacey Gordon, you will learn professional tips to showcase your skills, stand out from the crowd, and land a job you want.

Everyone can learn something new.
ANR Learning & Development


Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12:50 PM

Learning & Development: Foreign influence, measuring outcomes, training webinars

Check out the continuing learning opportunities provided through ANR Learning & Development. ANR Webinars are recorded and archived here.

Foreign Influence: What is foreign influence and how can I comply?
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m.
The university has observed heightened awareness and increased activity related to the issue of foreign influence in academia. Join Kathleen Nolan, ANR Office of Contracts and Grants to learn about new requirements and guidance to better understand the evolving compliance landscape.

Zoom access: |1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Educating California's Urban Farmers - Spotlight Webinar
Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-11:30 am
Join UCCE advisors Cheryl Wilen and Rachel Surls, who will be sharing impacts of their workshop series - Educating California Urban Farmers.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Practical Methods to Measuring Outcomes
Dec. 10, Kearney REC, Parlier
Workshop Desired Outcomes: Participants will gain. . .

  • understanding of and experience in defining outcomes and identifying measurable indicators for your programs
  • understanding of evaluation data collection approaches and methods used by UCCE
  • progress on your outcomes evaluation plans/efforts
Led by: Katherine Webb-Martinez, Associate Director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office; Vikram Koundinya, Evaluation CE Specialist; and UCCE Advisor co-presenters TBA. Please register and request travel funds online.

Writing Strong Impact Statements
Dec. 11, Kearney REC, Parlier
Workshop Desired Outcomes: Participants will gain understanding and practice. . . 

  • organizing your program activities into themes for the merit and promotion process
  • using basic logic model techniques to connect program outcomes to UC ANR condition changes and public value
  • identifying condition change indicators to strengthen impact writing
  • writing impact statements for your programs -- for your merit and promotion efforts, for UC Delivers, and other communications
Led by Katherine Webb-MartinezAssociate Director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office, and Mark Lagrimini, Vice Provost of Research and Extension. Please register and request travel funds online.

Communicating Your Story: Facebook
Wednesday Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Facebook has become an important part of communicating our stories. Wonder if the platform is right for you? In this fast-paced webinar, join Rose Hayden Smith, CE advisor to cover the basics of communicating your story through Facebook, including

  • Why you might want to use Facebook;
  • Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better;
  • Using images and video to enhance your posts;
  • Quick tips for effectively and efficiently using the site.
  • Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their Facebook efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Social Cafe' - Setting 2020 Social Media Goals
Thursday, Dec. 12| 11:30 a.m.-noon
Join Rose Hayden Smith, CE advisor, for the December
Social Cafe. It is an informal, monthly "drop in" session that explores various social media topics. This Social Cafe will focus on setting 2020 social media goals.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice (webinar 1)
Dec. 16 | 10:00 am (webinar 2 -Jan 30, 2020; webinar 3- February 20, 2020)
Join CA 4-H for this webinar. Experiential learning is more than "learning by doing." This webinar will introduce participants to the three essential components of experiential learning (EL), as well as strategies to use reflective practice to enhance the EL Practice.

Zoom access:                                                

New! Complementary strategies to address CA water challenges
The Water Program Team is bringing you second Tuesday (except for Dec. 10) webinars through June 2020. The first of this series was Tuesday, Nov. 12 – The Role of the Scientist in Decision Making. Stay tuned for updates and remember - when it comes to California water challenges, there is no silver bullet – but a variety of solutions!

2020 Grant Essentials Summit
Monday, March 2–Tuesday ,March 3, 2020
UC ANR Valley Conference Center in Davis, CA.
Learn best practices, extend your network, and establish new partnerships towards successfully securing grant funding.

  • Have you identified areas for professional growth related to ‘grant-winning' that you'd like to strengthen?
  • Are you looking to gain a better understanding of the proposal preparation and funding agency grant review process?
  • Interested in exploring opportunities and challenges unique to obtaining funding through collective knowledge-sharing and engagement?

Staff and academic participation is welcomed. This summit is hosted by UC ANR Academic ResourcesLearning and Development, and the Office of Contracts and Grants. For more information, contact Vanity Campbell at

Applications Open: Management Skills Assessment Program
Next program: April 20-23, 2020; then another program: October 12-15, 2020

Apply now (select UC ANR as your location) for the UC-wide Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) if you are -

  • an early career supervisor (1-5 years managing people) committed to assessing your management skills
  • willing to create a professional development plan to address your skill development areas
  • prepared to follow your plan and continue to develop your people management skills

ANR Learning & Development pays your registration fee ($1,350) and travel to and from the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Any questions? Contact Jodi at

ANR People Manager Networking Cohort
Starting in January 2020

Do you want to increase:

  1. Employee retention,
  2. Team building & collaboration,
  3. Productivity and work quality,
  4. Professional communication skills, 
  5. Morale, and
  6. A healthy work culture?

Enroll now to participate in ANR facilitated discussions for supervisor development and upskilling. Learn challenges and successes from your peers and from the UC People Management Series Certificate on effective people manager practices.

Networking testimonials:

Russell Hill, Associate 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UCCE Merced, Madera and Mariposa counties: “The information provided could not have been more timely! Each call and each module have improved my skills to support the staff I supervise.”

Marisa Neelon, M.S., R.D., Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor, UCCE Contra Costa: “Through the online modules and discussions, I have learned about new methods to engage employees in their own performance and career development. Recently, I used one of these methods to address an employee performance issue, which resulted in the employee identifying the issue and coming up with solutions to improve their performance. I would recommend the series to anyone that manages people-whether they are new to supervising or not.”

Javier Miramontes, Nutrition Program Manager, UCCE FresnoL “The modules prompted me to send a detailed email to my staff giving them specific goals and at the end I connected how their work benefits department goals, UC's mission, etc. This came about through my reviewing of the module Setting Expectations and Individual Performance Goals.”

For more information, email


Are You Looking for a Career Change?
Hoping to find a job that aligns your passion and skills? Navigating career transition can be a daunting task filled with complex questions and uncertainty. Listen to the Nov. 20 UC Alumni Career Network webinar Navigation Career Transition. Check out the latest career planning resources and tools on the L&D Career Planning page.

Disability Management for Supervisors (3-hour, in-person; UC Davis; Registration required; 4/16/2020)
This course addresses what supervisors need to know regarding the requirements to accommodate employees with disabilities under federal and state law as well as university policy. If classes are filled, sign up for the wait-list. Register here.

Career Catalyst Lunchtime Series (UC Davis, Zoom options!)

My UC Career (UC Career Development Portal) (Demo)
Wellness workshops and other resources (in-person and Zoom options) at UC Davis.


Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Learning & Development


Communicating Your Story: LinkedIn
Thursday January 3, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Zoom link: [Corrected link 1/3/19]
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Surendra Dara

Many of us think of LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. But with a powerful publishing platform and an ability to post links, it's also an ideal place to share your ANR story and grow a network of people who are interested in your work. In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of building a great LinkedIn profile, publishing posts and more, including:

  • Techniques and best practices to use the platform most effectively
  • Publishing a blog post on LinkedIn
  • Finding your online community
  • Tips to manage your LinkedIn account efficiently

Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their LinkedIn efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.


Communicating Your Story: Blogging Basics

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Zoom link: [Corrected link 1/3/19]
669 900 6833 or 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 344 294 468

 Presenter: Rose Hayden-Smith

 This will be a streamed recording with live Q&A.

 In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of communicating your story through blogging, including:

  • Why you should blog
  • Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better
  • Crafting catchy headlines and smart ledes
  • Using images and video to enhance your posts
  • Using your blog on the ANR website and on other publishing platforms, including LinkedIn
  • Quick tips for effectively using sitebuilder

Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their blogging efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.

Please Step Away from the Podium: Strategies for supporting adult learners

Date: Thursday January 17, 2019
Time: noon-12:30 p.m.
Zoom link: [Corrected link 1/3/19]

669 900 6833 or 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 963 167 636

Presenter: Lynn Brock

Simple steps you can take to:

  • Create workshops, trainings or classes that are engaging and memorable
  • Facilitate sessions where learners feel included, respected, and motivated

Measuring and Communicating Impacts of UC Master Gardener Program: Statewide outcome evaluation Year 1 findings

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
11 a.m.-noon
Zoom link:

669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Presenters: Kit Alviz, Missy Gable, Tamekia Wilkins and Katherine Webb-Martinez

Participants will gain:

  • Understanding of the UC Master Gardener Program's statewide outcome evaluation design, year one findings and lessons learned
  • Understanding of feasibility for an ANR program to collect follow-up survey responses (3 months post event; 30%+ response rate)
  • Examples of how behavior change outcomes can be communicated in relation to ANR condition changes

Lessons learned from data collection and analysis that can be considered for other statewide and academic programs

Communicating Your Story: Instagram

Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 10a.m.-11 a.m.
Zoom link: [Corrected link 1/3/19]
669 900 6833 or 646 558 8656
                            Webinar ID: 509 908 913

Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Dan Macon

Instagram is a photo- and video-sharing social networking service. It's an ideal place to share your ANR story. In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of using Instagram, building a great profile, publishing posts and more, including:

  • Techniques and best practices to use the platform most effectively
  • A few quick tips for using your smart phone to shoot pictures and video (and for posting)
  • Finding your online community and building an audience for your work
  • Tips to manage your Instagram account efficiently

Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their Instagram efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.

Communicating Your Story: Facebook Essentials
January 31, 2019
Time: 10-11am
Zoom link: [Corrected link 1/3/19]
                        669 900 6833 or 646 558 8656
                        Webinar ID: 461 004 579

Presenter: Rose Hayden-Smith

Facebook has become an important part of communicating our stories. Ever wonder if the platform is right for you? In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of communicating your story through Facebook, including:

  • Why you might want to use Facebook
  • Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better
  • Using images and video to enhance your posts
  • Quick tips for effectively and efficiently using the site

Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their Facebook efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.


Webinar and in-person:
Stellar interview techniques

Date: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019

Tell me about yourself,” is often the first of many interview questions. Have you ever struggled with answering this question or others in an interview? Are you unsure about how to share your accomplishments? The STAR interview technique (STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result) can help you provide concrete examples of your experience and skills for the job. In this workshop, discover the best ways to use the STAR technique to prepare for a successful interview.

In person (UC Davis) and also available via webinar:

Time: Noon-1 p.m. 
Zoom link:
669 900 6833 or 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 439 807 305


Collaborative Facilitation Group Process Tools Workshop

Please let us know if you are interested (interest survey) in participating in the next Collaborative Facilitation and Group Process Tools Workshop.

It is open to all UC ANR academic and staff employees, including Statewide Program volunteers. The training is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to people who have not already taken a facilitation training through ANR (such as Essential Facilitation). 

Date: March 25 and 26, 2019; and June 24, 2019
Location: Davis, CA

This two-day (March), in-person training will be followed by a follow up, one-day (June) in-person training.

Desired Outcomes:

  • To learn collaborative facilitation techniques
  • To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your collaborative processes
  • To increase your comfort level in applying facilitation skills


UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

This year, nine ANR women graduated from the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI). This experiential professional development program for women was designed to elevate women in leadership, establish a pipeline for advancement, and contribute to women's and UC's success. ANR's graduates are:

  • Lisa Blecker, associate director, Pesticide Safety Education Program and Office of Pesticide Information and Coordination
  • Vanity Campbell, proposal development coordinator, Office of Contracts and Grants
  • Mary Ciricillo, director, California 4-H Foundation
  • Trisha Dinh, financial manager, Youth, Families, and Communities
  • Sabrina Drill, natural resources advisor, UCCE Ventura
  • Jennifer Heguy, advisor, UCCE Merced
  • Kat Hicklin, business officer, South Coast REC and UCCE Orange
  • Sonia Scott, administrative officer, UCOP
  • Allison Smith, principal agriculture technician

Several graduates shared their experience on how the program impacted them.

Lisa Blecker: The UC WI allowed us to focus on what it was we want out of our time at UC and gave us tools to explore different ways we could get there. I didn't go into the program to do bigger and better things in my job or with aspirations of a promotion. I realized while in UC WI that what I wanted most was to find a better work-life balance, so I can be happier at work and at home. I have the tools I need to make progress towards that goal.

Vanity Campbell: The UC WI program was an incredible, life-changing experience that challenged and prompted individual growth through collective engagement with women across the UC system. The resulting impactful experience and established UC community has rippled through my professional and personal life, changing my approach to how I communicate, coach others, seek out and provide mentorship, present myself, and think about professional success. This pivotal process peeled-back layers that revealed insight into self and revived an awareness of my own strengths, possibilities, and opportunities to advance my passions – life's work. My thinking is renewed and liberated, which has changed how I see and approach workplace obstacles as well as unforeseen prospects. By change, I mean empowered! I am excited for the positive change that I'll effect around me, the meaningful impact that I will achieve, and the bold opportunities I will create.

Mary Ciricillo: The UC WI professional development conference enabled me to think more broadly about my career within the UC system. Not only did this experience provide me with an amazing network of women throughout California, it gave me the tools to expand upon and improve my skill sets in the workplace. I would highly recommend this conference to women looking to strengthen their performance in their current position as well as those who have long term aspirations to elevate their career.


Trisha Dinh: UC WI was a great learning experience. It was empowering to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by women with diverse backgrounds and roles across the different UC campuses and learned their leadership styles and how they empower people in both their job and community. With the training, I was able to incorporate many of the management and leadership tools to apply to both my professional and personal settings, and to apply work/life balance.

Sabrina Drill: The most valuable part of the training, for me, was getting to know so many amazing women from across the UC spectrum – I especially enjoyed getting a better understanding of all the work our dedicated staff do to keep the university running.                                                          

Alison Smith: The UCWIP made me consider the future of my career when I never had before. I had never thought much about my own career development or searching out mentors and sponsors. I now am actively spending time thinking about the future of my career and steps I can take to constantly improve myself as a team member, speaker, workshop leader, etc. I am building the tools to advance my career, my self-worth as a part of UC ANR and my team here at Hansen REC.

Sonia Scott: The UC/Coro Women's Initiative was a great opportunity for professional and personal growth. It gave me the opportunity to meet and interview senior UC leaders, develop a professional narrative that really boils down the essence of who I am and what I do, collaborate with brilliant women across many fields throughout the UC system, and stay in touch with a them as a supportive network for questions and challenges.



ANR people managers recommend supervisor training

Being an effective and professional people manager takes many skills and considerable development and the best people managers develop both their employees and themselves.

One of the ways ANR people managers have been developing themselves is by completing UC People Management Series Certificate modules and participating in monthly facilitated networking calls to review what they've learned, ask other supervisors for advice, and share successes. Participants enjoy scenario-based role-playing, a fun and challenging group assignment, and networking. Interested in our 2019 networking calls? Fill out this survey.

Four people who have graduated from the UC People Management Series comment on their experiences.

Kari Arnold, CE advisor, UCCE Stanislaus: The UC People Management Series helped me think about how to interact with employees and colleagues in ways that are welcoming and understanding. I feel more confident in a management role knowing how to communicate productively with others.

Kendra Lewis, academic coordinator, 4-H: I highly recommend that all my ANR supervisor colleagues take this series and participate in the networking cohort.

Ron Walker, senior systems administrator, CSIT: Being a member of the UC People Networking Cohort has been/continues to be an extreme honor and privilege. Each member is encouraged to enjoy best practice sharing and World-Class management techniques, in addition to experiencing the diverse and unique nature of our organization. All discussions are raw/unfiltered and feature real world situations/solutions while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. I always learn something new, and my opinions/contributions are welcomed and invigorated. Special thanks to Jodi and team for fostering this exceptional collection; I look forward to our continued growth and synergy.                                                                                          

Petr Kosina, content developer, UC IPM: The monthly networking calls helped me to be on track with required online courses. For me, the most useful were discussions on giving and receiving feedback and conducting performance appraisals which were well-timed so that I was able to almost immediately test in practice some of the suggested approaches and best practices.





How to build game-changing rapport (with your employees)

Simple communication is just a transaction, an exchange of mere words, which anyone can do. It's not that impressive. Now, in contrast, rapport is about building a bond. It's about sharing not just words, but feelings and emotions as well. So, why should you care? Because the next level of rapport establishes stronger connections, deeper relationships, and that almost always leads to higher productivity and better retention.

To start injecting more of that next-level conversation into your team, learn more here: How to Build Game-Changing Rapport.


SAVE THE DATE: UC ANR Programmatic Orientation

Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (KARE)
Parlier, CA

The UC ANR Programmatic Orientation will be taking place April 23 - 25, 2019. The orientation is designed to help academics jump start their programs by focusing on program design and showcasing successful projects of other ANR academics.

Who should attend: Open to all early career UC Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who were unable to attend in the past.

SAVE THE DATE: New Administrative Academic and Staff Orientation

Thursday, May 30, 2019
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618

Who should attend the UC ANR Administrative New Academic and Staff Orientation: All UC ANR Employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not participated in an administrative orientation in the past. Priority will be given to those hired by ANR within the past year.

```````````````````` upgrading to LinkedIn Learning 
ANR account users will be upgraded to LinkedIn Learning in January! During the week of Jan. 14, users will receive an email showing that you have been upgraded. In the email, you'll be asked to accept your new LinkedIn Learning account. What will you find in your upgrade?

  • A new intuitive interface
  • Course links to related external content
  • The ability to connect your LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning
  • Increased learner engagement
  • Personalized course recommendations
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