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Needs assessment workshops offered Sept. 7 and 14

UCCE advisors, UCCE specialists and academics coordinators are invited to attend a training workshop on conducting a needs assessment.

Vikram Koundinya, UCCE evaluation specialist in the Department of Human Ecology (Community and Regional Development) at UC Davis; Chris Greer, IPM area advisor in UCCE San Luis Obispo County; and Katherine Webb-Martinez, associate director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation are hosting training workshops in two locations – Davis and Parlier.

Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis

Featuring roundtable discussion sharing UCCE examples with

  • Betsy Karle, area dairy advisor & county director, Glenn County
  • Susie Kocher, forestry/natural resources advisor, Central Sierra and El Dorado counties
  • Steven Worker, 4-H youth development advisor, Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties

Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 9240 South Riverbend Ave., Parlier

Featuring roundtable discussion sharing UCCE examples with

  • Ramiro Lobo, small farms and agricultural economics advisor, San Diego County
  • Fadzayi Mashiri, livestock and natural resources advisor, Mariposa and Merced counties
  • Deepa Srivastava, nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor, Tulare and Kings counties

The interactive training will help answer questions such as: What exactly is expected for a needs assessment? What is the benefit? When should I do this? How often should I do this? How do I use the information to design my program?

It will include basic, practical how-to steps, approaches, methods and how to write clear and concise questions.

Participants will engage in a roundtable discussion with UCCE advisors, who will share their needs assessment experiences and lessons learned.

Participants will gain...

  • understanding of position description needs-assessment expectation
  • understanding of the what, how, when of needs assessments
  • understanding of and practice writing good questions
  • awareness of UC ANR needs assessment examples and resources
  • a draft needs assessment plan

Register at https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=25314.

For more information, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez, Katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu, (510) 987-0029.

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Register for Leadership in the City online course by June 29

Are you interested in Extension in urban areas and ready to improve your knowledge, skills and results? Have you heard about the Leadership in the City online course?

This comprehensive professional development program will help you learn about leadership, networks, innovation and management – all within the unique urban Extension context. The online program will prepare you, as an Extension professional, to be relevant locally, responsive statewide and recognized nationally.

The program was developed based on a foundation of entrepreneurial theory and urban Extension practice and will build upon existing leadership experiences, management training and Extension professional development.

You will learn from experienced leaders; apply what you learn in your city, region, or state; engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving; and participate in online collaborative learning. Each of the monthly competency-based modules incorporates interactive digital delivery and the flipped classroom model for active learning and engagement.

The investment in the program is $500 plus a commitment to work hard and have fun investing 8 to 14 hours per month. The 10-month online course begins August 3. As a member of the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research you can take advantage of a $100 discount off the registration cost (Discount code EITC18-WEST). Space is limited.

This course is led by Julie Fox, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Extension at The Ohio State University Extension.

Complete details and registration can be found at https://cityextension.osu.edu/leadership. The deadline for registration is June 29.

Want a resource to share with your supervisor as you seek approval for the training? Click here to download a letter you can modify and use. 

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Learning and Development: performance review, SiteBuilder Training, WebANR Café Thursday

Tips for Employees: Participating in Your Performance Appraisal Discussion

Be an active participant in your performance review discussion. It will empower you and shows that you care about your work and your development.

To prepare, review your:

  • Job description
  • Objectives set for the review period
  • Any documentation, notes, status reports you have drafted or even a self-assessment

Continue reading here.

Check out the ANR Learning and Development website to explore learning resources, training topics, and career planning tools. Use the career planning tools to:

  • Learn the difference between skills and competencies
  • Identify UC Core Competencies
  • Fill out a self-assessment to contemplate your skill strengths and skill gaps

SiteBuilder Training

The CSIT Web Development team is bringing several SiteBuilder training sessions to several locations:

  • Monday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Davis
  • Thursday, May 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hopland (FULL)
  • Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kearney

The classes are designed for ANR people in need of proficiency in creating and maintaining websites. 

Learning topics:

  • The basics to get up and running with SiteBuilder
  • Best practices in web design
  • Search engine optimization
  • Employing images
  • Social media integration
  • Web accessibility
  • Introduction to new designs and functionalities of the future SiteBuilder platform

Register at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24549. A training location may be added in Southern California.

Register for the New Employee Administrative Orientation

Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA  95618

Learn more and register here.

Who should attend: 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.

  • Learn about ANR's vision and mission
  • Learn about ANR structure and individual programs and units
  • Interact with ANR leadership and directors
  • Meet and network with new colleagues from around the state
  • Get answers to burning questions about health benefits, AggieTravel, and more!

ANR's first ever WebANR Café Thursday

You bring the coffee, tea, or beverage and we will bring you the first virtual WebANR Café Thursday on May 17 at noon: Planning makes Perfect: Best Practices for Engaging Webinars.

During this webinar, Brook Gamble, community educator specialist with the California Naturalist Program, and Steven Worker, 4-H academic advisor will help you:

  • Improve your understanding of the critical steps for preparation, implementation, and post webinar follow-up
  • Introduce ZOOM capabilities
  • Introduce tricks of the trade to keeping webinar participants engaged and not checking their e-mail

Join us at:
https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/963167636

(646) 558-8656 or + (669) 900-6833

Webinar ID: 963 167 636 

WebANRs will be recorded and linked to the WebANR Café Thursday page.

Use Your Subscription to Corporate Executive Board Learning & Development

As a UCANR employee you have automatic membership to a top-notch professional development resource. Interested in cultivating your career to the next level of performance? If yes, check out Corporate Executive Board (CEB) Learning & Development. It takes seconds to register or reset a password and participate in webinars, download job aids and participate in discussion forums.

Here is a quick list of a few CEB resources:

Resources for All Employees ­­– Develop yourself as a high-performing employee, not only effective at your tasks, but also as someone who contributes to others' performance and uses others' contributions to improve your own performance.

On-the-Job Activity Builder – Use this interactive tool to build employee development plans with recommended on-the-job learning activities, based on the competencies you select.

Manager Guide: Holding Effective Career Discussions – Guide your direct reports through identifying and progressing toward their career aspirations.

Manager Excellence Resource Center  – Find manager development and employee development resources at this online portal (separate from the L&D member website).

AVP Powers announces 51 proposals invited for competitive and high-reward grants

AVP Wendy Powers announced the letters of intent (LOIs) for which principal investigators have been invited to submit full proposals to ANR's Competitive Grants Program and High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program. The list of 51 approved projects can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/261626.pdf.

This year ANR received a total of 108 letters of intent — 97 for the Competitive Grants Program and 11 for the High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program. Strategic Initiative leaders and their respective panels reviewed all letters of intent thoroughly to address the appropriateness of the proposals in addressing the goals and criteria outlined by each funding opportunity.

ANR Competitive Grants Program

The purpose of the ANR competitive grants program is to address high-priority issue areas identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).

ANR Competitive Grants Program 2017 Cycle:

  • Full proposals due June 19
  • Technical peer review: mid-June – early September 2017
  • Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: end of September 2017
  • Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2017
  • Announcement of funded grants: November/December 2017

High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program

Given the complexity of societal problems, high-risk research is necessary to achieve gains for real progress in addressing present and emerging challenges. This program will provide funds to initiate and complete research and proof-of-concept efforts that serve as the basis for larger funding opportunities. These projects must be of a high-risk/high-reward nature that are best conducted in a controlled, research setting and, if successful, lend themselves to subsequent larger funding opportunities and/or intellectual property development.

Proposed projects must be within the scope of the ANR Strategic Vision. All ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted using the same timeline as outlined for the traditional competitive grants program, but reviewed separately due to the nature of the proposal.

For questions about ANR's competitive grants program or high-risk/high-reward grants program, please contact Melanie Caruso at mmcaruso@ucanr.edu.

Nutrition Policy Institute launches Research to Action news brief

The Nutrition Policy Institute has launched a news brief called Research to Action. The publication will provide information on research, policy, news, announcements, events, articles and action items focused on nutrition and healthy communities. 

The first issue looks at the work of the National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA). NPI is the “hub” for NDWA, which engages in and coordinates evidence-based efforts going on all over the country to improve tap water safety and access, especially for children, and to provide drinking water education and promotion. The NDWA website is a “go-to” resource for information on drinking water. 
 
Future editions of Research to Action will be sent several times per year. Please sign up for the Research to Action mailing list, and please share Research to Action with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it.

 
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