Pre-Conference Workshops

Plan to arrive early for the 2017 NEAFCS Annual Session. The following three pre-conference workshops will be offered on October 16th from 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM.  Continental breakfast will be provided to workshop attendees starting at 7:30 AM. 

Separate registration required. Fees listed below for each workshop. Click here to download the promotional flyer.

Bake to Build STEAM in Families, Communities and Schools
Home Baking Association 

Hands-on activities and research-based resources for consumers Pre-K to adult. 

Tips & Tricks for Using a Mobile Device for Smart Extension Programming, Promotion, and Marketing 
Nebraska Extension Educators including Alice Henneman MS, RDN

Hands-on workshop covering effective methods using technology for presenting and evaluating current information.

Ready, Set, Grow: Changing Lives from Birth Onward 
Dr. Samuel J. Meisels & Dr. Michelle Rupiper

Workshop will address the positive impact of early care and education from birth – Grade 3. 

Bake to Build STEAM in Families, Communities and Schools
Presented by: Home Baking Association
Member - $100 / Non-Member - $115

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Baking is the perfect ground for FCS educators to plant seeds for adult, youth and community growth in science, tech, engineering, art and math (STEAM).  Baking, as a hands-on skill, offers multiple innovative methods to teach consumer sciences, literacy and economics that improve lives.

Workshop speakers will provide research-based resources in agricultural, milling and baking food safety, ingredient innovations, test kitchen practices and methods for consumers Pre-K to Adult.  Extension FCS professionals will take away ready-to-use resources for media, adult and youth training, and events. Topics include ancient and modern grains; flour and gut health; sugar science; Smart Snack wholegrain-rich baking; service learning baking resources to Bake for Good and to reduce hunger.

Experience how baking can also be portable for classrooms, clubs or camps with 5-minute or longer table-top measure, mix, shape and bake activities.  

Come ready to interact with demos and speakers from HBA’s member test kitchens, commodity researchers and staff professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Receive 5 or more consumer, health, baking commodity and ingredient research updates for grains, flour, sugar, enriched and wholegrain-rich baking, human health and food safety.
  2. Interact with demonstrations and hands-on learning methods for adult and youth training.
  3. Take-away 25 or more ready-to-use consumer tested pre-K to adult resources applicable for university extension media, classrooms, clubs, camps and other community events. 

Tips & Tricks for Using a Mobile Device for Smart Extension Programming, Promotion, and Marketing
Presented by: Nebraska Extension Educators including Alice Henneman MS, RDN, Kalya Colgrove MS, RDN, Lisa Franzen-Castle PhD RD, Amy Peterson MS, RDN, Cami Wells MS, RD
Member - $85 / Non-Member - $100

This 3-hour hands-on session will cover effective methods for using your mobile device in Extension programming, promotion, and marketing. Topics include (but are not limited to): (1) taking and editing fantastic photos, (2) making movies, (3) live presentations, (4) social media and (5) collecting feedback/evaluation data at a workshop. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, there will be something for all levels.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will become aware of new and/or improved ways to use mobile devices in Extension programming, promotion, and marketing
  • Participants will identify strategies for creating engaging and attractive images and photos 
  • Participants will be able to implement techniques learned during this workshop  

 Ready, Set, Grow: Changing Lives from Birth Onward
Presented by: Dr. Samuel J. Meisels, the Founding Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska & Dr. Michelle Rupiper, an Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Department Chair for Child, Youth & Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Member - $85 / Non-Member - $100

The session will address the positive impact of early care and education from birth – Grade 3. 

Dr. Meisels presentation will include: New research concerning the impact of multiple risk factors on young children’s development, including how parents interact with their children and the effects of poverty, makes it more important than ever to develop and evaluate new models of intervention. This presentation will address how the Buffett Institute’s birth – Grade 3 approach is launching children on a positive trajectory in life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of poverty on development
  • Become familiar with the “school as hub” approach developed by the Buffett Institute
  • Learn about results from the Buffett Institute/Gallup statewide poll of Nebraskans’ attitudes towards early care and education

Dr Rupiper presentation will include: Developmentally appropriate practice means meeting children where they are and helping each child meet challenging yet achievable goals. This session will explore the core considerations of developmentally appropriate practice.  Participants will take away from this session strategies you can implement to support children’s growth and development. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define developmentally appropriate practices for children 0 through 8 years.
  • Identify strategies to support children’s growth and development