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Ohio State University Extension


Breakout 4

1:30 p.m., October 29, 2020, Breakout Session 4

Leading Down the Garden Path: Translating Leadership Research into School Garden Success
Sandra Stranne Miller, Carol Smathers and Haley Plahuta
Moderators: ShaLise Simmons and Carina Dickens

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 944 1017 1688
Password: 107640

“Great moments are born from great opportunity” Herb Brooks, US 1980 Olympic Hockey Coach Educators are facing unprecedented challenges in the Covid-19 environment. As Coach Brooks stated to his hockey players as they faced the favored Soviet team, difficult challenges can present great opportunities. School garden activities have been shown to promote healthy behaviors and improve student’s academic achievement. Now is an exciting time for school gardens to emerge as outdoor classroom opportunities for innovative curriculum integration. How do we best support school garden coordinators to adapt and engage with the changing educational scenery? As part of the Growing Teachers Throughout the Seasons project, OSU College of Public Health, OSU Extension and Columbus City Schools collaborated to examine the leadership traits of the school garden coordinators. Path Goal Theory, that focuses on the idea that leadership traits can be enhanced and developed, rather than the idea that one must be a born leader, was applied to this project. This approach is good news for all of us who are thrown into uncomfortable and new leadership situations. Learning objectives Participants in this session will:

  • Define the four elements of path goal leadership.
  • Identify leadership traits found in current school garden coordinators and how the traits are associated with garden engagement.
  • List ways to support school gardeners in their communities based on identified leadership traits. Interactive opportunities:

Participants in this session will:

  • Take a personal leadership inventory.
  • Review and interpret their Path Goal Leadership Inventory traits.
  • Engage in group discussion to contrast the research study findings with their individual results.
  • Brainstorm application opportunities.

This session will be applicable to nutrition educators, school gardeners and anyone fostering leadership in their community. There is always room for everyone to grow, adapt, change, and embrace more effective leadership strategies.

Making Powerful Impacts with a New Family Ecological Framework
Patrice Powers-Barker, Jim Bates, Emily Marrison, Melissa Rupp, Laura Stanton, Kathy Tutt, Courtney Woelfl and Erin Yelland
Moderators: Stacey Baker and Jared Morrison

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 920 0589 1036
Password: JaredFCS

Ecological principles originally proposed by Bronfenbrenner (1979) provide a framework for understanding how the internal dynamics of family life can enhance or detract from human and family development. They also apply to educational interventions and act as a framework to help practitioners focus on impactful content and effective evaluation. The family ecological framework presented in this session resemble change concepts common in public health and other community interventions (e.g., PSE) but refocus educators on family-level dynamics and behaviors.

This new framework can strengthen family educational programs by helping families make sustained behavior changes for healthier living in relation to overall health and wellness, relationships, finances, and family decision-making. Although the framework was only recently configured, it is grounded in ancient ecological principles and is comprised of four concepts, namely, family rules, family relationships, the home, and values. This interactive session will share the new framework for conceptualizing behavior change in the family context and share practical ways to apply its change concepts to family and consumer sciences programs. Workshop session participants will be introduced to an energetic, lovable, Ohio family and will work in small groups to determine how the four concepts apply to different situations for this family and then share with the larger group. This activity will spark ideas for additional ways to apply this framework to work on various topics with families across the state.

GOING VIRTUAL: EFNEP’s journey in the wake of COVID-19
Suzanne Saggese, Mari Carmen Lambea, Kristen Matlack, Bobbilyn Kasson, Yvette Graham, Nancy Lyons and Amy Habig
Moderators: Melissa Hoppes and Amanda Rysz

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 950 2911 2164
Password: 11956

Ohio EFNEP has successfully reached its limited-income audiences through in-person activities for more than 50 years. Typical classes included interactive discussions, preparing simple recipes together, and participating in cardio exercise routines. All these activities required the personal touch of an engaging Program Assistant.

When the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our mode of teaching, we needed to work quickly to find new methods of community interaction. How could we take the live program successes and translate them effectively to a virtual platform?

There was a steep learning curve and plenty of roadblocks along the way. From getting staff connected to internet service to learning the intricacies of the Zoom platform, the entire Ohio EFNEP team worked diligently to break those barriers. Through extensive training and a relentless work ethic, we converted EFNEP into a fully virtual program in three months. We couldn’t have accomplished this without buy-in from all staff across the state. Program Assistants are now teaching via Live Zoom, creating Facebook Live sessions, YouTube videos and more.

Breakout session participants will learn the successes and issues we faced in adapting to a virtual platform. They will be given opportunities to share their own experiences and create solutions to the what-if situations faced in virtual programming.

Engaging youth to strengthen the health of their community: The Health Professions Affinity Community Program
Erik Porfeli and Gina Weisblat
Moderators: Amanda Woods and Deetra Huntington

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 984 7860 3204
Password: 592692

During our session, attendees will learn about a youth development program and discuss how Family and Consumer Sciences educators can integrate this program into their practice. The Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program empowers youth to identify local pressing health concerns, develop grassroots solutions to those concerns with local resources, mobilizes the community to enact those solutions, assesses the community health impact of the programs they invent, and encourages them to chare with their community what they did and what they learned in the process. Youth have held 5k runs, developed cooking classes, produced video-based public service announcements about depression and suicide, held whole-school assemblies and festivals about health topics, and more. HPAC project examples can be found The HPAC program is powered by our AmeriCorp Corps for Rural and Urban Success and Health (CRUSH). Corps members tend to be recent college graduates aspiring to enter graduate level training in the health professions. They unite with youth in HPAC to transform local approaches to community health and wellness.

The HPAC program was established nine years ago, has grown rapidly, and has been adopted by several universities in and outside Ohio. HPAC has clearly demonstrated the capacity to be scalable. HPAC currently engages over 1,700 youth, who in turn develop and deploy hundreds of community health projects serving an estimated 15,000 community members. The program has also successfully identified and supported a large number of students who have pursued and earned college degrees and been admitted to medical school. This growth and success has inspired many other Universities to adopt the HPAC and AmeriCorps models for community engagement. HPAC, today, represented one of the largest health-promotion pipeline programs in Ohio with the broadest reach.

Historical FCS Resilience in the Face of Change
Shannon Carter and Marilyn Sachs
Moderators: Roseanne Scammahorn, Amy Meehan

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 919 7369 9322
Password: Breakout4

Explore 85 years of Extension family and consumer sciences through three generations of educators in one family and see how our profession has helped our audiences become resilient in the face of challenge and change.

Throughout history in Extension family and consumer sciences, we have a lot to look back upon, and much to look forward to. This presentation will showcase the careers of three extension educators, spanning 1935-2020. We will explore the generational norms that may have influenced their decisions in balancing work and family. For the first time in history, five generations may be working side by side, each with different leadership, communication and career development styles.

We will focus on the how the family and consumer sciences extension educator has responded to the needs within the community. A study of subject matter, audiences, teaching methods, modes of communication, and responses to challenges of their day will highlight changes and similarities throughout our history.

This interactive workshop will engage learners using slide presentation, chat comments, polls, and breakout rooms. After attending this concurrent session, FCS professionals will increase awareness of:

  • history of family and consumer sciences Extension profession
  • the generations, why they are different and what motivates them
  • how our profession responds to challenging times.

This program can be used not only as content for Extension programming, but also as background for understanding the population and cultural differences in a mixed generation audience of learners, and as an approach for choosing appropriate teaching technology and strategies that will nurture lifelong learning.