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Community Development 101 + Facilitative Leadership

SRDC will be hosting two back-to-back training workshops this November to help build skills of Extension professionals working in communities. Participants will have the opportunity to attend one or both workshops. See details below.


Community Development 101 | Nov 11-12

Draft Participant Agenda

Community and Economic Development (CED) 101 provides a practical introduction to CED for Cooperative Extension agents and specialists. Led by Extension Program Leaders from the Southern Region, this 1 ½ day immersion workshop will give participants the frameworks they need to understand their communities and gain a knowledge base from which to plan effective community change initiatives.

  • Beginning at 8a.m. Monday and ending at noon on Tuesday
  • Maximum of 50 participants

Workshop Objectives
  • Learn how to know where to start with tools to “visualize” and assess your community.
  • Identify how others (including elected leaders) understand and work to create community change and want to partner.
  • Identify ways to negotiate differing understandings and expectations of power to develop your community.
  • Learn how to design a public engagement strategy to respond to community needs.
  • Learn how to help a community keep moving forward and where to find additional data and resources.


Facilitative Leadership | Nov 12-15

Participant Agenda
Pre-Reading

The Facilitative Leadership workshop's overall goal is to provide a thorough overview and understanding of facilitative leadership and the competencies needed to enhance group work. This intensive three-day training lets you learn and practice facilitation techniques in a group setting.

  • Beginning at 1p.m. Tuesday and ending at noon on Friday
  • Maximum of 25 participants
  • Participants are asked to participate fully in all training days without phone calls, meetings and other interruptions as this is a very intensive hands-on workshop. Leaving early or stepping out of the process will leave a hole that will be felt by the whole group.

Workshop Objectives
  • Understand the role of trainer, learning facilitator and facilitative leader.
  • Increase personal skills in leading discussion and balancing participation.
  • Understand the role of verbal/nonverbal cues to help keep a group on track while maximizing participation.
  • Articulate outcome-based and action-oriented objectives for group processes.
  • Design a process that combines tools to help a group reach its goals.


Meeting Location

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252


Registration Information

Community Development 101: $100
(includes program notebook & lunch on Monday)

Facilitative Leadership: $400
(includes program notebook, practice materials, and five meals)

Combined Workshop: $475

Cancellations: If you must cancel, please notify Laura Narmour by email at laura.narmour@msstate.edu by Tuesday, October 24th. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

Registration Link: https://register.extension.msstate.edu/community-development-101-training-and-facilitative-leadership-workshop
Registration Deadline: November 4th


Hotel Information

Staybridge Suites Plano/ Richardson Area
301 Silverglen Drive
Plano, TX 75075

Call Kim Tanner at 972-612-8180 ext. 601 for reservations
Reservation Link: https://tinyurl.com/yx9k2oth
Room rate: $119 + taxes and fees
Reservation Deadline: October 24th