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Speakers Bureau

About

The Speakers Bureau creates and teaches Adult Education classes to residents in Ramsey County. They often partner with other organizations, including public libraries, community education programs, and parks & recreation programs. Private groups, like businesses, churches, or garden clubs also request classes. 

The current Speakers Bureau project coordinator is Brianna Gohde. (2018-present)

Classes are taught as a team of Master Gardeners volunteers. 

  • Presenters are responsible for teaching the class itself. Classes can have up to 2 co-presenters. They operate the Powerpoint presentation using a projector and laptop (in-person classes) or screen-share feature (online classes) to present the class materials. The presenter tracks and reports contacts in the state database when hours are logged.

  • Aides are responsible for assisting the presenter by monitoring participant questions, counting the total number of participants for each class, and collecting surveys (in-person classes) or launching in-class polls (online classes). Aides also share the related class handouts (in person classes) or resource page (online classes).

  • Shadows are responsible for learning from the presenters and aides. Shadows should sign-up as an Aide or Presenter for another class soon after their observation. 

Volunteer Resources

 

Includes teaching materials: Powerpoint, Study Guide, Handouts. Sample videos of each class can be found on the Train-the-Trainer page.

Participant Resources

 

Includes class handout, subject-related handouts and online resources, and book recommendations.
 

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