Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 | 10:00-10:50 a.m.        select one

A. Council Member Overview 

“I'm a New Council Member; Now What?”  Listen to experienced council members share tips and what they have learned about being an extension council member. You'll be able to ask questions at the end of the session.

B. Fiscal Reports and Budgeting (10:00 - 11:50 a.m.)

“It all just looks like numbers on a page to me!” This hands-on workshop empowers you to read and interpret county financial reports, spot potential cash flow issues, understand how funds can be used, and shape budgets to reflect county priorities. Plan to bring a copy of your county's most recent financial report and budget.  

C. County Program Success Stories - Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development

"Does a county have a good idea I can steal?!" Hear about two very successful Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development programs happening in the state. Collect ideas that may work in your county. 

D. Conducting Public Council Meetings

“Why can't we all go for coffee after the council meeting?" Through the use of scenarios, you'll get an overview of the Open Public Meeting laws. Facilitators will give you guidance on responding to citizen requests for council records, going into a closed session, and accommodating comments from the public. Also, learn the guidelines for socializing with fellow council members outside of meetings.


Breakout Session 2 | 11:00-11:50 p.m.        select one

A. Background Screening Process and Trends

“I've known Joe for years! Why does he need to be screened?” This session will help you understand the rationale for conducting background checks, learn which resources are tapped, and identify trends that impact background screening in the future. 

B. Fiscal Reports & Budgeting (continued from Session 1)

C. County Program Success Stories - Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Economic Development

“Does a county have a good idea I can steal?!” Hear about two very successful Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community and Economic Development programs happening throughout the state. Collect ideas that might work in your county. 

D. Program Planning for County Needs

“How can we take our stale programming and make it fresh again?” Experience one option for using county data to help your council determine which programs meet local needs.  Learn how to engage stakeholders, reprioritize programming, and drive extension education in your county.


Breakout Session 3 | 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.        select one

A. Employment Law and Practices (1:15 - 3:05 p.m.)

“Can a council member be sued?” Real life scenarios will be used to help council members understand their obligations as employers.  You'll learn about employee record keeping, harassment, nepotism, performance management and evaluations, disciplinary procedures and more.

B. Promoting Extension to Decision-Makers

“Let's shed some light on Iowa's 'best kept secret!” Learn strategies for sharing the extension story successes to key people within your county, including elected officials, granting agencies, and community leaders.

C. County Success Stories - Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development

"Does a county have a good idea I can steal?!" Learn about some very successful programs and community partnerships happening throughout the state. Collect ideas for which ones might work in your county. 

D.  Creating Community Partnerships for Common Goals

“When 1+1=3”  Partnering can be a great way to stretch resources and avoid duplication.  You will learn how to identify when it is beneficial for councils to partner, ways to structure a healthy partnership, and hear about a successful community partnership.


Breakout Session 4 | 2:15 - 3:05 p.m.        select one

A. Employment Law and Practices (continued from Session 3)

B. Lessons from Dr. Lawrence’s Road Show

“After all those miles, did you learn anything?” Learn what Dr. Lawrence discovered on his listening tour of Iowa, identify opportunities for your county and concerns that should be addressed.

C. County Program Success Stories - Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community Economic Development

“Does a county have a good idea I can steal?!” Hear about two very successful Agriculture and Natural Resources and Community and Economic Development programs happening throughout the state. Collect ideas that might work in your county. 

D. Best Practices for Staff Management

“How does council supervision differ from being a direct supervisor?”  You will gain knowledge on best practices for board supervision of staff, goal setting with employees, and how to provide feedback.