Got Your B.E.S.T. Stool Yet?! Here’s Your Chance!

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The 2022 training dates for spring and fall Leg Two (Presentation) portion of B.E.S.T. (Building Exceptionally Skilled Teachers) have been set. Registration is now open in K@TE for the spring training. 

Visit and search for “BEST”.

And Legs One and Three are also online in K@TE and ready for you any time you want to begin!  B.E.S.T. (Building Exceptionally Skilled Teachers) is part of the University of Extension 2010-2020 Strategic Plan.  The goal of to equip Extension educators to enhance the quality of their teaching.   The B.E.S.T. Development Team created criteria for a B.E.S.T. teacher, selected teaching tools and external experts to assist in the development of training modules, and designed teaching tools and training modules.   Remember, you must have completed ALL SEVEN modules in Leg One before you can attend the Leg Two training.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule!

Do I have to do this?

B.E.S.T. was created because many agents noted in the strategic plan surveys and focus groups that they felt that needed more instruction in effective teaching.  B.E.S.T.  should be considered a part of your professional development plan.   In many cases, regions are requiring that their agents complete B.E.S.T. as a part of their annual performance review or as a prerequisite for promotion.  Please check with your regional offices for details.

How does this work?

BEST consists of three legs — Preparation, Presentation, and Professionalism.  Leg Two is the presentation leg.  This is a face-to-face training that takes place over three days.   Each participant will put together a 20-minute presentation on the topic of their choosing and present it to the group.  Participants will then receive instruction on presentation organization, public speaking tips and presentation/teaching methodologies.   Participants will meet again in five to six weeks via Zoom to make their second, improved presentation.  Presentations are not videoed the second time, but evaluations by the instructors and peer groups are completed.

What are the SPRING dates and locations for Leg Two of this training?

• Western Region — WTREC

     • May 12 (1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. central time);

     • May 13 (9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. central time); and

     • Third Meeting Date (Zoom Presentations) TBD by Group

• Central Region — Rutherford County Extension Office

     • May 24 (1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. central time);

     • May 25 (9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. central time); and

     • Third Meeting Date (Zoom Presentations) TBD by Group

• Eastern Region — Eastern Region Extension Office

     • May 26 (1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. eastern time);

     • May 27 (9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. eastern time); and

     • Third Meeting Date (Zoom Presentations) TBD by Group

NOTE:  A maximum of 18 participants will be taken in each regional location.  

WAIT!  I Can’t Make Those Dates Work!

If you can’t make the spring dates, the fall dates have already been set.  Registration is not yet available for these dates.  Go ahead and mark your calendar:

• WR – November 17 and 18, 2022

• CR — November 28 and 29, 2022

• ER — November 14 and 15, 2022

What happens when I finish all three legs of the B.E.S.T. Program?

Two things will happen when you complete all three legs of the program — (1) you will have gained some very valuable knowledge and skill in the area of presentations and professionalism; and (2) you will be recognized for your accomplishments and receive a B.E.S.T. stool at a regional meeting.

I have a question!

If you have a question about B.E.S.T., please contact Lori Gallimore with 4-H Youth Development at (865) 974-7239 or