Programming is the process of collaborative
decision making on educational program direction. The county or
local unit is traditionally the center for programming. The elements
of programming include the learner, the teacher, the context and
the content. The advisory leadership system is a key component
of the process because they bring the perspective of the learner
and help define the context and content for programs. County Agents
represent the teacher and also have information on content and
context to contribute. They receive trend information relative
to each program area from State Specialists as well as collect
trends in the county. County advisory groups use that information,
plus locally collected trends and needs of clientele to collaboratively
determine program direction and priorities.
The programming function of
advisory leadership keeps extension on course. It is through this
linkage to grass roots through leaders of various customer groups
that extension remains relevant, responsive, and focused on its
mission. Advisory leaders not only express needs of customers,
they also help tailor programs specifically to meet the audience
needs. Knowing the characteristics and understanding of the needs
of customers is a vital role for advisory leaders.
The primary elements of program
the Handout "Questionnaire on Program Development"
and ask them to answer the four questions individually. Then
ask them to find a partner to share their answers with and
decide on the team answer.
an answer for one question from the first pair. Then move
around the room to get the others answered drawing from members
their experience with the question.
the PowerPoint "Advisory Leader's Role" to do a
mini lecture on programming. Use the notes pages to guide
you in the presentation.
the presentation, ask the group to identify advisory leader
roles. Write on flip chart.
leaders to select a partner for this exercise. Give everyone
a copy of the Handout "My Network". Ask each leader
to interview their partner and fill in information on the
each person something interesting they learned about their
partner's network that may prove useful to the advisory council's
small groups of four, ask advisory leaders to list ways they
could intentionally seek input from their networks. What question(s)
would be appropriate to ask feedback on?
each member to select one person or group from their network
to interview before the next meeting.
Brenda, D. Graham, J. Gamon, and N. Conklin. 1997. Education through
cooperative extension. Delmar Publications, Albany, NY, pp. 91-92.
RD., R.T. Liles and J.M. Pettitt developed for Boone, Edgar J.
1988, Working With Our Publics, Module 2: The Extension Education
Process. North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service and the
Department of Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina
State University, Raleigh, NC.