Monday, August 15, 2016

FW: Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics - Registration is Open!

I apologize for multiple notices!


This is a great professional development opportunity for anyone interested in local community development processes – especially for those of us who facilitate communication among groups, inspire leadership, and enable our communities to thrive but don’t have “community development” in our job title!  (I hear the Community Economics session, in particular, is fantastic!! J)


Feel free to ask me any questions about the program/particular sessions.




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Subject: Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics - Registration is Open!




For Immediate Release


Contact:  Mary Peabody, Email:




Understanding Communities: Online course offers tools for community development


Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions we invite you to register for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, a unique online course presented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized Community Development professionals. Register now at  

The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

 “The course covered a lot of topics, giving us concrete information as well as a lot of food for thought,” said a recent course graduate. “I have a new understanding of community dynamics, leadership structures and best practices for collaboration.”

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. Past participants have included those working across a broad spectrum of areas including agriculture, economic development, youth development, entrepreneurship, energy and natural resource-related issues.  If you find yourself called upon to facilitate community-based initiatives, or you just want to better understand how communities function, this course is for you!

Registration is $100 per person. Registration payment information is available at Register early and save 25% -- to receive your discount, enter the voucher code of uc-2016 during registration.  To learn more about Foundations of Practice and Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics please visit our website.


Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Mary Peabody at by September 15, 2016.



University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.




Mary Peabody
UVM Extension, Community & Economic Development
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-2389 x202

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