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October 30th, 2019

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MCEA Leadership Days

Feb. 20 & 21, 2020

Daring Leadership: Taking Smart Risks in 2020

Successful organizations take risks. Strengthen your team’s ability to take smart risks and solve problems by creating a culture of belonging, inclusivity, and diverse perspectives in your organization. We will use the tools set forth by research professor Brené Brown in her book, Dare to Lead. A Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator will illustrate the collection of four skill sets that are necessary to cultivate courage, commitment and shared purpose, strive for excellence, empathy and self-compassion and to make valuable contributions and take smart risks.

Cultures thrive when all stakeholders are engaged and active in working together. Human-Centered Design is another innovative problem solving tool that is grounded in empathy and holds the belief that any problem is solvable.

In this two-day leadership conference, participants will learn skills that will help them to build a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected and willing to tackle any problem. We invite you and your team to join us for MCEA Leadership Days in St. Cloud on Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21, 2020.

September 24th, 2019

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Delivering Exceptional Community Education Customer Service
Presented by Scott Nelson
It costs a CE program five times as much to win a new customer than to keep a current one. Community Ed must be better than any of its competition to stay in the programming arena.
Customers are not loyal by nature and research shows that emotion influences purchase decision six times more than rationale. Connecting to our Community Education customers on an emotional level is the key to establishing a lasting relationship with and for all of the Community Education programs and customers.
We must go beyond simply delivering our CE product/programs and develop strong bonds with our community participants. It is essential that we provide a unique customer/participant experience by proactively anticipating our participant needs and expectations and exceeding them….every time!
o Understand how our own behavior impacts the behavior of others
o Recognize that service delivery is an individual response
o Communicate assertively and effectively
o Identify CE participant needs
o Handle difficult situations and customers
*Available as a webinar or in person
Tuesday, December 17
Edina Community Center
9:30am -12:30pm
3 CEU’s
$70
Register here

September 9th, 2019

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Leading and Managing Emphasizing “Soft Skills”
Presented by Bruce Miles, Big River Consulting Group

A critical asset for leaders and one that has been documented as a key predictor of success are traits that fall under the heading of “Soft Skills”. Current leadership and coaching best practice actually documents a lack of soft skills as a career derailer.
This session will deliver training on some essential sub topics for Community Education leaders, including:
Balancing ownership of leadership responsibilities with consensus building
Organizing and issue diagnosis leading to success and reducing conflict
Using multiple levels of coaching with employees of varying experience and abilities
Actual cases will be presented with an emphasis on the reduction of conflict with difficult and resistant employees. Examples of all research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be handed out to participants.

**This workshop is also available as a webinar!

Wednesday, November 20
9:30-12:30
Anoka Staff Development Center-Erling Johnson Room
2727 N. Ferry St, Anoka
$70 – includes 3 CEUs

Register here

September 9th, 2019

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How to Develop and Write Your Youth Development Plans
Presented by Amy Skare, Youth Programs Supervisor, Stillwater Com. Ed., and Michelle Kamenov, MDE
Just how do you develop and write your youth development plans? What is the process? Is there a template? It’s time to get together and develop how this gets done the right way.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
Location: Minnesota Department of Ed., Conference Center A, CC-13
1500 Highway 36, Roseville, MN
$55 (includes 3 CEUs)
Register here

August 22nd, 2019

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Community Education Finance and Financial Management –Maintaining Integrity and Viability
Presented by Bob Meyer, MCEA Executive Director & C.E. Director in Chisago Lakes

CE finance and financial management is becoming increasingly complex. CE Directors, Coordinators and Managers and Supervisors are coping with numerous challenges, including changes in funding formulas, continuous balancing of multiple revenue sources, generating new revenues and protecting existing revenues in CE.
Three separate financial management sessions are being offered with a follow up clinic for technical assistance concluding the last session. These workshops will include various materials, examples and useful tools and information.

Click here to register for one, two or all three workshops (sorry – no discounts for attending all 3)

Session 1: #101… Building the Base of a Budget – Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Understanding State laws and Statutes
Reading the budget print out
UFARS coding and reporting
State budget Levy and Aide statements and reports
Oct. 8, 2019
$70 
9:30-2:30 (Lunch provided) 5 CEUs

 

Session 2: #201… Managing Your CE Money – Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Participants will learn how to:
Create a program budget
Handle variations in expenses and revenues
What a district audit means for CE
Trouble Shoot financial issues
Nov. 12, 2019
Location: Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud 
$75
9:30-2:30 (lunch provided) 5 CEUs

 

Session 3: #301…Financial Planning and Budget Strategies-Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Analyzing your state report
Analyzing trends and variances
Identifying areas of strength and areas of potential problems for planning purposes
Differentiation between direct and indirect expenses
Project income and monitoring budget performance
Dec. 12, 2019
Location: Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud 
$80
9:30-2:30 (lunch provided) – 5 CEUs

August 22nd, 2019

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CEND (Community Education Network on Disabilities)

Sept. 15, 2019 in St. Cloud
Nov. 20, 2019 in Minneapolis

(More dates to come)

May 6th, 2019

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(Board meetings start at 9:30 am unless posted otherwise)
January 11 – Sartell Community Center
February 21 – St. Cloud (at 4:00 pm)
March  – No Meeting (Executive Council Only)
April 12 – TBA
May 10 – TBA
June 13- TBA
July – Executive Council Only
Aug. 8 – Lindstrom
September 13 – McGregor
October 11 – TBA
November 8- TBA
Dec. 5 & 6 – (Retreat) – TBD

January 10th, 2019

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Motivating, Growing, Coaching Employees of All Ages
Presented by Bruce Miles, Big River Consulting
A highly adaptable program to make your job and your employees job more enjoyable and fulfilling. Techniques and strategies that can be immediately and easily applied to assist employees of all generations in their professional and personal growth and job related motivation. Specific attention to goal-setting, intrinsic motivation, reward selection and specific leadership strategies. Participants will be working on information provided to improve listening skills and make coaching sessions shorter and more results-focused.  Coaching homework for employees, determination of “Will vs. Skill” for the less than successful employee. Assessment tools and management strategies for all participants.

Date: Thursday, April 18 (This is a rescheduled workshop due to bad weather cancellation)
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: St. Anthony Community Center
Presenter: Bruce Miles, Big River Consulting
Fee: $70
3 CEUs
Register here

January 9th, 2019

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Please visit the Adult Community Educators page on our website under Resources, then click the link under networking groups to see the location and times of each meeting.

2019/2020 Meeting dates:

Thursday, November 14
Topic: Communications with Amanda, Lakeville
Thursday January 23
Topic: Calculating the cost of space, instructors and classes with Andrew, Minneapolis
Thursday April 30
Topic: Social Media/Marketing and Using Eleyo to create email marketing with Matt, Rosemount/Eagan/Apple Valley
All meetings:
Time: 9:30 – Noon
Location: Eisenhower Community Center – Room 223
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins MN 55305
Host: Andrea Sjogren

November 9th, 2018

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