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Building Capacity

Staff Development: Webinars

In this series:

  1. Now I Get It! Getting More from Staff Training
  2. Hiring, Managing and Terminating Employees and Volunteers: Basic Legal Issues

NOTE: Webinars are conducted via Blackboard Collaborate. If you have internet access and can hear sound through your computer, you should be able to participate regardless of the type of computer or operating system you use. A broadband connection is helpful but not required.

To participate, click on the participant link (once it is available) to link to it. If this is the first time you're participating in a webinar using the Blackboard Collaborate platform, please visit the link to your webinar a day or two in advance so that you can pre-configure your computer. For more information or if you require accommodations to participate in a webinar, please contact Ellen Rowe at 802-751-8307 ext. 360.. Requests for accommodations should be made at least seven days prior to any respective webinar.

Now I Get It! Getting More from Staff Training

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011, 11am-12:15pm (ET)
session | session handout

Small, mission-centered organizations are facing tough times. Whether you rely on paid staff, volunteers or Board members, we are all trying to do more with less and we have to be resource-smart to survive. Typically, staff training and development are not activities we can afford to prioritize but they are not activities we can afford to ignore. The solution: make every training and development opportunity count!

Most often, on-the-job training is the only type of training we have the time or resources to offer; so we need to manage it successfully. When success matters it is not only the message that is important but also how that message is delivered. So how do we ensure that our on-the-job training is effective?

Experiential learning works! Adults learn best when what we focus on is relevant, practical, useful, and actionable. The model of experiential learning Kat will focus on in this webinar has been validated by research. David Kolb’s model identifies an experiential learning cycle that includes four discrete learning styles. Research documents that if learners are trained using more than one style, their retention of new skills and knowledge improves. If all four styles are used, retention dramatically increases. Given the limited time and money most nonprofits have for training, why not maximize our on-the-job training efficiency and effectiveness and do it well the first time?

With proper training we can lengthen our reach, strengthen our impact, and increase our effectiveness. With well-designed training and development, staff can grow professionally and personally, gain valuable skills, and understand even more clearly how important they are and how much they are valued. Without effective development, turnover rates increase, productivity decreases, and staff struggle with inefficiency, burnout, and performance issues.

Our Presenter:
Kat Morgan, Assistant Director of Education & Training, Hostelling International USA


Hiring, Managing and Terminating Employees and Volunteers: Basic Legal Issues

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 11am-12:15pm (ET) | session presentation

Wish you knew more about the duties and responsibilities of human resource management?Responsible for hiring decisions? Want to better understand how to manage human resource risks for your nonprofit organization? If you answered yes to these questions, join Marne Coit, co-founder and managing member of Greenfield Research & Consulting LLC, and Mary Peabody, UVM Extension for a conversation about the basic legal issues related to hiring, managing, and terminating employees and volunteers.

Marne will present the key concepts of basic legal issues related to employment and personnel. Greenfield Research & Consulting is a research firm dedicated to agriculture and environmental law and policy.  Marne's research focus is on agricultural and food law, particularly in the areas of sustainable agriculture and food systems.  She has a JD and an LLM in Agricultural Law. Topics will include include hiring, terms of employment, and volunteer management.

Our Presenters:
Marne Coit, Greenfield Research & Consulting, LLC
Mary Peabody, UVM Extension

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