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October 25, 2016

Best Practices for Agents Working with PDCs: Orientation

Submitted by Laurie Chandler

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In “Best Practices for Agents Working with PDCs,” agents are encouraged to conduct an orientation to help members understand the responsibilities of serving on a Program Development Committee. Last year, Jennifer
Wilson, Riley County Director, shared a new tool that she and the agents developed to orient PDC members. Here’s her description:

“Each agent contributed questions about their program area or an extension program they might have participated in. The questions were then arranged like a bingo card. The Extension Bingo Card was used as an ice breaker. PDC members were asked to find someone who had done the things listed on the card. We asked that participants sign no more than twice on each card, and to be sure to introduce themselves to the other players as they exchanged cards. After 10 to 15 minutes, we went over the card as a way to review our local programs with the PDC. It was a huge success! We had lots of great interaction, and many people said they learned a lot of new information about extension programs.”

For more resources related to PDC Orientation, check out the Board Leadership Module, “Program Development Committee Orientation,” and the PDC Resources website.