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February 2019 News Roundup

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eXtension’s Impact Collaborative can bring its Innovation Skill-Building Experience to your state or institution. We work with our members on designing an event contextualized for their needs and focused on their goals. Learn more about our State and Institutional Events here

Upcoming Member Events

Impact Collaborative Summit, April 2019: 

We are pleased to announce that the registration for our first of two national Impact Collaborative Summits is now open. The Spring Impact Collaborative Summit is from April 30th – May 2nd, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is available hereEach of our member Directors & Administrators have been provided a promo code to receive 5 free registrations to the Summit to send a project or program team. A registration fee will apply for additional teams. 

The Impact Collaborative Summit brings unique opportunities to create impactful results at the local level by increasing Cooperative Extension’s organizational readiness and capacity for innovation and change. We help connect project and program teams with skills, tools, resources and partners that can expand and deepen their impact in a continuing partnership with the Impact Collaborative. You can hear what some of our participants had to say about our October 2018 Impact Collaborative Summit here.

The registration deadline is April 7th and space is limited; we encourage you to have your team register as soon as possible.

More information about the Impact Collaborative Summit, registration, and hotel booking can be found here.

Engaged Program Development Approaches for Cooperative Extension Webinar

When?

March 20th, 2019 at 2 PM EDT

Who can attend?

This webinar is part of eXtension’s Engage & Empower Online and is available to eXtension Members through the Impact Collaborative.

Description

We talk about engagement, but what does it mean when we think about how we conduct our work in Extension? How should we approach program planning in an engaged manner? Who should we include in our work? And how does our work change? During this interactive session we will explore answers to these questions based on ongoing research and experiences in this area.

Presenter

Karen Vines
Assistant Professor
Continuing Professional Education Specialist
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Registration Information

Registration information will be sent to eXtension members.

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18 More Cooperative Extension professionals to join the Impact Collaborative as Innovation Facilitators to advance program impact

In January, 2019, 41 Cooperative Extension professionals representing 28 institutions attended eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training in Atlanta, GA, and completed initial learning and application of the Impact Collaborative methodology.

To accommodate our members that were unable to attend the January training session, we are hosting a second Innovation Facilitator training in March. 18 new Innovation Facilitators will join us at the session, representing 11 institutions that were not represented in January. The skills learned at this training help these Innovation Facilitators lead innovation skill-building experiences at state or institutional events and at the national Impact Collaborative Summits.

View Results from the January Training

eXtension Launches Redesigned Website

eXtension has launched a redesigned version of its website. The new design provides greater clarity to the mission of eXtension, its flagship program – the Impact Collaborative, and other national and supporting resources.

With user experience as a primary goal, the new design allows for users to quickly access information and see the most up-to-date content on how eXtension is helping Extension professionals’ effectiveness in addressing issues of importance to the nation.

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Engage & Empower Online 

eXtension has created a new online platform for members designed to collectively drive innovation and action toward meaningful impacts. Engage & Empower Online allows the Impact Collaborative to connect with its Innovation Facilitators, Key Informants, partners, and project/program teams across the nation to help drive collective impact.Engage & Empower Online is hosted on the LumApps platform, a Google-endorsed intranet/extranet solution. Innovation Facilitators and Impact Collaborative project/program teams will be provided access to the platform shortly.

Online Innovation Skill-Building Experience

eXtension has developed an online version of the Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience. This new on-demand resource will enable fast delivery of the Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building process to support teams and help track their progress.

This resource also provides our Innovation Facilitators with a tool to guide project and program teams back in their states and institutions, to ultimately help with program impact.

EventMobi Extends Discount to eXtension Members 

To assist our members with their own events, we have partnered with EventMobi, an Event Registration and experience application, to offer an exclusive discount for eXtension Members.EventMobi provides an award-winning event app, which allows you to distribute your event content, engage and communicate with your audience, and transition away from paper reliance at your meetings & events.

As per the EventMobi 2019 price list here, eXtension Foundation member organizations will qualify for 15% off any of the following packages and enhancements until March 1/2020.

● Pro 500, Pro Unlimited, Max Package
● Sponsor & Exhibitor Promotion
● Live Polling & in-app Q&A

To take advantage of this offer, please send an email to sales@eventmobi.com and mention “EventMobi – eXtension Foundation Member Discount” to their team.

Customer Relationship Management Webinar

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Our eXtension funded fellow, Stephen Judd, hosted a webinar on Customer Relationship Management. Customer relationship management (CRM) systems are a tool widely used by companies to track their interactions with customers and partners. CRM is also being used by Extension systems to keep track of their interactions with people, though the preferred term for the “C” in CRM may be clientele or contact.

The webinar provided an overview of what CRM is, what features are most relevant to Extension, and how using it can help Extension systems maintain their clientele relationships. If you didn’t get a chance to view the webinar, you can access it through the link below.

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Hospitals March 12th, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Getting Started With Quality Hay & Pasture, March 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Producing & Using Black Soldier Fly Larva in Small Poultry Flocks March 22th, 2019 at 3 PM EDTLearn More or Register

 

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News Roundup – September 2018

Registration for the Impact Collaborative Summit has closed and we are excited about the level of participation!

This News Roundup also includes another Impact Collaborative success story, information about the latest issue of the Journal of Extension, and our January 2019 Facilitator Training.

September 2018 Roundup

Journal of Extension – The Innovation Issue. eXtension was proud to support the latest issue of the Journal of Extension in September 2018. This special issue is focused on Innovation. The issue includes a commentary by our very own eXtension team: Informing Innovations Through Deeper Insight on Strategic Priorities and Expansive Ideas. You can read the full issue here

Impact Collaborative Success: From Concept Mapping to Mobile Messaging Campaign. A National Framework for Health and Wellness study identified a Health Insurance Literacy (HIL) national team to identify and develop systematic programs and curriculum and initiate system-wide program impact evaluation. Members of the new HIL were also members of eXtension’s Financial Security for All Community of Practice, and brought their project to the Impact Collaborative. Through a concept-mapping activity, the team was able to explore possibilities, question concepts, and identify new and existing relationships among concepts. Additionally, the team had access to Key Informants which better informed some of their marketing plans, and the opportunity to practice their project pitch. The team launched a pilot of their program in summer 2018 to test mobile messages that increase millenials’ health insurance literacy and take advantage of essential health benefits. Read more about this teams’ project and their experience with the Impact Collaborative from the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension here.

Impact Collaborative Summit. We are just a couple of weeks away from the Impact Collaborative Summit. Over 30 teams from 40 institutions will join us in Indianapolis, alongside our 40 Key Informants and 19 supporting partner organizations to propel their projects and programs forward, and help build capacity for their teams and institutions. Weren’t able to attend this October Summit? Our next Summit is scheduled for April, 2019!

January 2019 Facilitator Training. The Impact Collaborative will be hosting another Facilitator Training in January, 2019. If you’re from a Premium Member Institution, and your institution did not send someone to be trained as a Facilitator during the July 2018 training, your institution can send one member to be trained in the Impact Collaborative process at no cost to their institution including registration, travel, meals, and lodging. Additional facilitators are welcome to join, but the cost of registration, travel, and lodging will be the responsibility of the institution.

Our Facilitators assist the Impact Collaborative at Innovation Kit Workshops and Designathon One events statewide at member institutions, along with their contribution to the Impact Collaborative Summit as a Facilitator or Key Informant. Additionally, the Impact Collaborative process provides them a framework to lead informal workshops and skill-building sessions at their own institutions to help move projects and programs forward. For a complete list of our current Facilitators, please click here

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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News Roundup – August 2018

There are lots of things going on at eXtension this month! Registration is happening for the Impact Collaborative Summit! We also have some general information pertaining to the January 2019 Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training. A new success story from the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program, and news about the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy!

Did you miss the Impact Collaborative Summit Webinar? You can view the entire video here. There is lots of great information about what the Impact Collaborative and the Summit is all about, and how it can help you.

August 2018 Roundup

Impact Collaborative Summit. The Impact Collaborative is hosting its first national Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, IN, from October 16-18, 2018. The Summit is available to all member institutions and includes anInnovation Kit Workshop and Designathon Two. The registration fee is waived for Premium Member Institutions for the first 5 members sent as a team, and the first 3 members for Basic Member Institutions. More details including FAQs and Registration can be found here.

January 2019 Facilitator Training. The Impact Collaborative will be hosting another Facilitator Training in January, 2019. If you’re from a Premium Member Institution, and your institution did not send someone to be trained as a Facilitator during the July 2018 training, your institution can send one member to be trained in the Impact Collaborative process at no cost to their institution including registration, travel, meals, and lodging. Additional facilitators are welcome to join, but the cost of registration, travel, and lodging will be the responsibility of the institution.

Our Facilitators assist the Impact Collaborative in leading statewide Innovation Kit Workshops and Designathon One events, along with their contribution to the Impact Collaborative Summit as a Facilitator or Key Informant. Additionally, the Impact Collaborative process provides them a framework to lead informal workshops and skill-building sessions at their own institutions to help move projects and programs forward. For a complete list of our current Facilitators, please click here

Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP) Success. eXtension received this grant from the EPA to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. eXtension was invited in early 2017 to apply for this grant by pesticide safety education coordinators and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). The goal of NPSEC is to support Extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) across the nation. Forty-six PSEPs are benefitting from this grant with projects aimed at improving the quality of pesticide applicator training.

Katie Moore, an Extension Associate for Pesticide Safety Education saw a need to improve the quality of pesticide applicator training material and classes. Prior to her project, pesticide applicators in South Carolina were required to complete a 7-hour video-based course for training. Through the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP) grant, Katie created a new training program that would be delivered by Extension educators to improve the overall educational quality, and reduced the training time to 3-hours, saving thousands of man-hours for applicators in South Carolina, and increasing overall compliance. The current passing rate for this training is 85%.Listen to Katie’s story here

1890 Extension Leadership Academy. The 1890 Extension Leadership Academy is a customized experience by eXtension’s Impact Collaborative, designed alongside 1890 leaders. 1890 Administrators are requested to select three individuals to participate in the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy. This effort will encourage cross-collaboration among states on important issues as related to program areas as well as build essential leadership skills for this cohort.

The Leadership Academy is designed to:

  • Foster the incubation, development, and implementation of innovative ideas in the 1890 communities, toward creating measurable impacts in all program areas. 
  • Enhance innovation and impactful change using co-innovative approaches that build from a community engagement base.
  • Build a cohort and network of early/mid-career Extension professionals who are emergent leaders in your institution.

The delivery methods include face-to-face and virtual sessions, including anImpact Collaborative Designathon One Event. The duration of this training is 6 months and includes travel days from November 13th – 15th. Extension educators with 2-10 years of experience should be selected for this opportunity. The 1890 Extension Leadership Academy provides lodging, food, educational materials, and two days of training. The goals are to:

  • Demonstrate how design-thinking and lean-experimentation can help generate innovative ideas
  • Engage with stakeholders (local, state, national) and create a communications plan to inform impact
  • Provide professional development opportunities for Cooperative Extension professionals.
  • Reach new audiences through inclusion.
1890 Extension Leadership Academy: Welcome Back
Administrators have been contacted with a registration link to submit the names of their designated individuals to attend the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy. 
This work is supported by grant no. 
2018-38821-27770 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Winterizing Your Home to Keep Out Pests.  September 7th, 2018 at 2 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Cooking Under Pressure. September 13, 2018 at 1 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Paying for College: The Forever GI Bill and Repayment Plans. September 25, 2018 at 11 AM EDTLearn More or Register
This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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News Roundup – July 2018

Another exciting month at eXtension. The Impact Collaborative trained 29 new Facilitators from 22 Premium Member Institutions to take the Impact Collaborative Process back to their institutions and help get innovative ideas for projects and programs moving forward. We are scheduling Designathon One events and Innovation Kit Workshops at Premium Member Institutions, a job opportunity and fellowship opportunity, an update on the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program, and some big news about our October 2018 Summit!
Making An Impact: Video Feature

Making An Impact Video Series

Angela Allen, Associate Professor and Communities Educator, from the University of Wisconsin Extension – Milwaukee County shares how she’ll be able to help her institution with the skills she’s learned from the Impact Collaborative.

 

News Roundup

  • Impact Collaborative Summit. The Impact Collaborative is hosting its first national Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, IN, from October 16-18, 2018. The Summit is available to all member institutions and includes an Innovation Kit Workshop and Designathon Two. The registration fee is waived for Premium Member Institutions for the first 5 members sent as a team, and the first 3 members for Basic Member Institutions. The Summit Flyer, with registration information, can be found here.
  • Fellowship Opportunity. eXtension has a Fellowship opportunity for a Customer Relationship Management Sandbox and it is open to all Land-Grant Universities regardless of eXtension membership status. eXtension is funding an opportunity for a Fellow position to lead a process with a national committee and eXtension to explore and document needs and potential solutions for Customer Relationship Management functions in Cooperative Extension across the country. For more information on this opportunity, click here.
  • Now Hiring – Innovation Facilitator Manager. We are seeking an expert facilitator and experienced innovator to join our Impact Collaborative team and help lead innovation capacity-building for our members of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in this opportunity – please click here for more information.
  • Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program Update. On June 30th, 2018, the first 6-month progress reports were due for the PSEFMP projects. A survey was created and sent to the coordinators to gauge their experience with the training and submission of the report. A complete summary of the results are available here.

From the eXtension Blog

  • Community Video Can Build Capacity in Extension. Read more
  • The Business of Farming. Read more

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • Understanding, Tracking, and Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms. August 8th, 2018 at 2 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Tree Stewards: Case Study of Two Virginia Urban Tree Volunteer Programs. August 16, 2018 at 1 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Family Finances Series: Financial Planning for Life Events. August 28, 2018 at 11 AM EDT. Learn More or Register
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News Roundup – February 2018

If you were thinking about attending the Madison or Ithaca Designathon One events, be sure to take note below of actions you need to do today! Have any comments or questions? As always, let us know by tweeting to @eXtension4u and using the #coopext and/or #eXtIC hashtag.

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Paul Hill (left) and Jamie Seger (right)

Thank You!  The eXtension Innovation Lab has brought some inspiring and thought-provoking work to the forefront of eXtension and the Cooperative Extension System. Innovation grants and fellows have developed pathways to help us explore the maker movement, networked knowledge, and citizen science among other emerging topics. Innovate Extension events gave us a glimpse into the future of Extension and the Ed Tech Learning Network has become the go-to resource for exploring innovation in educational outreach. Jerry Thomas and Jamie Seger (Ohio State) and Paul Hill and Emy Swadley (Utah State) have been at the center of the lab. As they all return to previous roles at their respective institutions, we want to say “Thank You!” for their dedication to advancing innovation in Extension. (Paul and Jamie are pictured, right). Even though the lab will no longer exist as a stand-alone entity, the work of the lab will continue through the Impact Collaborative. The EdTechLN will also continue with tweetups and the newsletter. To learn more about the lab’s accomplishments visit the eXtension Innovation page.

Designathon One. Important dates for two Designathon Events are TODAY!

  • Ithaca, NY, February 20-22, 2018 (co-hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension). The hotel block releases today (February 8) and the group rate will no longer be guaranteed. The early bird registration rate is available until February 13.
  • Madison WI, February 19-21, 2018 (co-hosted by University of Wisconsin Extension). Register by February 8 to ensure enough Kickboxes are shipped! The early bird registration rate is available until February 12.

Why attend? Learn a unique and supported process for getting good ideas on the ground efficiently. Designathon One emphasizes innovation, engagement, and designing for impact. The rest of the Impact Collaborative process builds on the learnings from D1. Check out the photo album from the Raleigh event and take a look at the #eXtIC hashtag on Twitter to learn more!

Apply to the Impact Collaborative. eXtension created the Impact Collaborative to advance the Cooperative Extension System relevant to creating co-innovated solutions for emerging problems. Change, challenge, or validate the way you approach projects and programs by participating in the IC.

Karen VineseXtension NAEPSDP Fellow. As Cooperative Extension is increasingly being asked to co-create solutions with partners and communities we serve, it requires a different approach in program planning.  Karen Vines, Virginia Tech, has been selected as the  2018 NAEPSDP eXtension program design/development fellow. Karen will serve as a key informant for the 2018 Impact Collaborative in program development and will focus on helping extension professionals use engagement in their program planning. Read more…

Success Stories. Be inspired by how Extension professionals found new tools and approaches that increase their ability to impact their target audiences.

  • Impact Collaborative Process Helps Extension Professionals Create Online Civil Rights Training Course (Minnesota) Read more…

eXtension LearnUpcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • Join the JCEP 2018 Leadership Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting which will be broadcast on February 14, 2018, 1:00-2:30 PM EST. The topic is “Balancing Innovatin and Tradition”. Learn more or register…
  • The National Extension Web Mapping Tool (NEWT) was developed help extension professionals use spatial data in program decisions. February 22, 2018, at 2 pm EST. Learn more or register…

Search Recordings on Learn

Visit learn.extension.org anytime and search for topics in your area or expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, financial management, food safety, or military children? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit learn.extension.org…

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News Roundup – January

Impact CollaborativeRequest for Applications. The Food Systems Impact Collaborative is now accepting applications! Please share this opportunity with other Extension faculty and staff interested in Food Systems in your networks. The IC is designed to catalyze next-level Extension programs and professionals. The experience includes Designathon events, networking, professional development, access to key informants, and much more! Anyone at an eXtension member institution is eligible to apply.

  • Food Systems – Request for Applications | Start your application
  • Diversity & Inclusion (See below for the announcement on the Program Fellow)
  • Behavioral Health (Coming Soon!)
  • New! There will also be an “open” topic option for those that do not fit any of the above

The process for all four will kickoff in January 2018 with Designathon One, and continue with Designathon Two events in April/May 2018. The process will also include tailored professional development events (online), and access to key informants.

Designathon One. Registration is open for most of the Designathon One events! NOTE: Those planning to attend the North Carolina event at the end of January should be aware that the hotel room block cutoff is January 12.

Luster, Shatomi, Jackson, Family Finacial Education SpecialistProgram Fellow. We are pleased to announce the Program Fellow for the Diversity & Inclusion Impact Collaborative. Dr. Shatomi Luster, University of Missouri, will devote the majority of her time in 2018 to the Impact Collaborative. She will be responsible for organizing the support network, recruiting teams to be part of the IC, and supporting their efforts to ensure a successful experience. More about Shatomi and her professional background and interests will be coming soon!

Success Stories. Two recently published success stories highlight how Extension professionals found new tools and approaches that increase their ability to impact their target audiences.

EdTech Learning Network. The latest TweetUp focused on “SnapChat storytelling”. Check out the Tweetcap… (you don’t need to be on Twitter to read it).

From the eXtension Blog

eXtension LearnUpcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • Engage with the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, starting at 2:00 pm EST for a webinar on the Communicating About Risks – It’s More than Just Information. Learn more or register for the webinar…
  • Join Gary Felton associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology at the University of Maryland for a webinar on Compost Health and Safety on Friday, January 19 at 2:00 pm EST. Find out more at Learn more or register… This webinar is number eight in a series of 12. Find out more about the entire series HERE.
  • Learn more about Organic Tomato Seed Production on January 30, 2018, at 2 pm EST with the eOrganic team. Learn more or register…

Search Recordings on Learn

Visit learn.extension.org anytime and search for topics in your area of expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, financial management, food safety, or military children? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit learn.extension.org…

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News Roundup – October 2017

Ask Your Extension Director if they know how to Kickbox!

At the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meeting, Adobe Kickbox was introduced as an innovation toolkit which will be used in the upcoming Designathon One event for the Impact Collaborative.

What are your favorite ways to test ideas or to spur innovation? Let us know by tweeting to @eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

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Designathon One. The Impact Collaborative was officially launched at the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meetings last week. Based on feedback and lessons learned from the Issue Corps program, we have made improvements to the process. The first you will notice is the addition of “Designathon One”, which focuses on design thinking and will include Adobe Kickbox innovation kit (and other exciting tools). Eight regional events in January and February 2018 will allow you to attend the one most convenient for you. Learn more or signup to be the first to know when registration opens!

Innovate Extension. You are invited to participate in a panel discussion on innovation at Delaware’s First State Innovate! Join eXtension innovation pioneers Jamie Seger (The Ohio State University) and Paul Hill (Utah State University) as they moderate a panel discussion featuring Bradd Anderson (University of Missouri), Bob Bertsch (North Dakota State), Shane Bradt (University of New Hampshire) Christy Mannering (University of Delaware), Daphne Richards (Texas A&M ) and Michelle Rogers (University of Delaware) and they explore the successes and challenges of working differently and innovation in the workplace. Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. EDT. Register for the webinar…

national pesticide safety education center logoPesticide Education Grant. eXtension received formal notification from the EPA of a grant to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. eXtension Foundation was invited in early 2017 to apply for this grant by pesticide safety education coordinators and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). The goal of the newly-formed NPSEC is to support Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) educators. Read more… | Learn more about the NPSEC…

Success Stories. Grace Peterson (Louisiana State University) and Marlin Bates (Kansas State University) may work in two different program areas, but they both know the power in building a community around an issue they care about.

From the eXtension Blog. We hear the word ‘bias’ a lot these days. Much like beauty, bias is in the eye of the beholder. What if we turn that eye onto ourselves and examine our own biases? Julie Huetteman, Purdue University and eXtension/NAEPSDP Fellow, offers some thoughts on how to uncover our own biases by inviting other perspectives into our programming. Read more…

Julie is presenting a webinar on ”Cullture and context in program evaluation” on October 11, 2017 at 2 pm EDT.

Common Measures. The 4-H Common Measures program will be working with eXtension and using Campus for the delivery of professional development. A competency framework has been created and courses are being set up in Campus.extension.org. More on this coming soon!

ed tech ln logo21st Century Professional. The EdTech Learning Network hosts two “Tweetups” per month. The latest was on “Painting a portrait of the 21st century Extension professional”. The discussion topics include things like the role of Extension program staff and the fear of change. Check out the Tweetcap… (You don’t need to have a Twitter account to read the Tweetcap.)

Pueblo Mini Maker Faire. Extension professionals and volunteers interested in the Maker Movement (one of the Horizon Report topics) and especially how to incorporate it into 4-H programming are invited to the Pueblo Mini Maker Faire.  Among the events are Makers in the Dark, MakerCon Costume Contest and Maker Marketplace with robot and drone challenges. Dorms are available for those who need overnight accommodation. October 27 & 28 in Pueblo, CO. For scholarship or dorm information, contact Jane Crayton, CSU Extension. Faire Website | Call for Makers

eXtension LearnUpcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

Search Recordings on Learn

Visit learn.extension.org anytime and search for topics in your area of expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, financial management, food safety, or military children? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit learn.extension.org…

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September News Roundup

Design Thinking

The eXtension team met last week to design the upcoming Impact Collaborative. We are really excited about it and think you will be too! As part of the homework for that meeting, I read a book called “Change by Design” by Tim Brown. It is about how design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation.

Do you recommend any other reading material on design thinking? If so, share your recommendations by tweeting to@eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

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New Staff Members. eXtension is thrilled to welcome three new faces (and one familiar face in a new role) to staff meetings.

  • Ashley Griffin (Kentucky) has been with eXtension for more than 10 years supporting communities of practice. She is transitioning into the role of Program Manager for the Impact Collaborative. ashley.griffin@extension.org
  • Melanie Weir (California) is the Food Systems Fellow. She will spend the next year setting up the support network for the Food Systems Impact Collaborative and helping teams progress through the Collaborative experience. melaniew1@extension.org
  • Molly Immendorf (Wisconsin) has joined the staff as the Instructional Technologist and will be responsible for leading professional development for the Impact Collaborative. mollyimmendorf@extension.org
  • Jennifer Cook (Colorado) will serve as the eXtension Digital Green Fellow and will work to pilot the innovative technology platform of Digital Green with selected Impact Collaborative projects. jennifer.cook@colostate.edu

Introductions for each are being written and will be sent out in the upcoming weeks. We are also close to announcing the Behavioral Health and Diversity & Inclusion Fellows for the Impact Collaborative. Stay tuned!

Left to right: Ashley Griffin, Jennifer Cook, Molly Immendorf, and Melanie Weir

L to R: Ashley Griffin, Jennifer Cook, Molly Immendorf, Melanie Weir

Pesticide Education. The U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs is awarding a cooperative agreement to support Extension educators through a partnership with eXtension and the newly-formed National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). NPSEC seeks to strengthen the national system Pesticide Safety Education Programs by improving the quality, consistency, and accessibility of educational offerings, promoting collaboration, and increasing revenue generation of Extension programs. The eXtension Foundation provides contractual services to deliver online programs and temporarily serves as the Center’s fiduciary service provider. Additional partners include the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC), Association of Pesticide Safety Educators, and CropLife America Foundation.  Learn more about the NPSEC…

Project Manager. eXtension is hiring a project manager for the above EPA Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP). Applications will be reviewed September 29, 2017. Read the position description…

Christy ManneringSuccess Stories. Thanks to her Issue Corps experience, Christy Mannering, University of Delaware, was able to not only tackle an issue near and dear to her heart, but also increase her visibility on campus.  Read more about Christy’s Unity Event and online modules…

Ant Pests Community. A new resource topic has been added to the articles.extension.org website. The Ant Pests community has published a wide array of science-based information on dealing with troublesome ant species. Read more… | The community leaders are Paul Nester and Robert Puckett, Texas A&M University.

register today for the military families learning network virtual conferenceMFLN Virtual Conference. Is your state experiencing change?  Change is hard!  Do you feel change accelerating in your professional or personal life? Do you thrive on workplace change? Join the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  September 26-29, 2017. Register or learn more…

4-H, Google & Computer Science. Congratulations to recent eXtension Fellows Paul Hill and Dave Francis, Utah State University, for leading a collaboration with Google to help 4-H members across the country develop their computer science skills! Read more… 4-H.orgGoogle blog

Health in All Policies Professional Development. Extension professionals looking to incorporate health impacts into programs and policy across Cooperative Extension should check out this free online course. Extension Health in All Policies (HiAP) was developed in partnership with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) action team for Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness and delivered by Oregon State University.  This educational resource emphasizes a systems perspective to strengthen Extension’s capacity to impact the culture and context for population health improvement and promote health equity for all people living in America. Learn more…

eXtension Foundation logoeXtension Blog. If you are not following the eXtension blog, you are missing out on innovation, inspiration, and impact. The topics of some recent additions to the blog include:

BeeWise is one of five innovation projects funded by eXtension in 2017.

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News Roundup – July 2017

Working Differently

One of the ways eXtension measures success is if our presence helps Extension professionals work differently. For some, that means adopting new, but proven, technologies or practices and bringing those to their clients and collaborators. For others, that means living on the cutting edge and leading the way. Both are working differently.

What is one way you have started to work differently in the past year (whether it is related to eXtension or not)? Do you subscribe to the “Working Differently” podcast hosted by Bob Bertsch at North Dakota State? We highly recommend it! Share your comments by tweeting @eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

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Woman thinking about a networkKnowledge Network. What if you could quickly find other Extension experts or existing resources in your chosen field? What if an emerging issue means you need to find expertise or resources quickly on an unfamiliar topic?  What if you could mine the entire Cooperative Extension System? We are getting closer to that possibility with an effort to create a knowledge network. The proof of concept is expected before the end of 2017 and will include a mobile e-book interface. The initial effort will support the upcoming Food Systems Impact Collaborative. Read more…

impact collaborative logoFellow Application Deadlines Extended. Do you have expertise in Behavioral Health or Diversity & Inclusion? If so, you should check out these opportunities to lead a major national program in each of these areas. Each fellowship is expected to be a one-year commitment of around .5-.7 FTE and will work as part of a team to ensure the success of each Collaborative cohort. The application deadline has been extended to August 15, 2017. View the fellowship descriptions: Behavioral Health | Diversity & Inclusion

eXtension logoSuccess Stories. Looking for examples of forward-thinking work being done in the Cooperative Extension System? A new section of the eXtension website highlights success stories by region or by Horizon Report topics. Additions will be made to this resource regularly. Read about CES successes…

Innovate Event. Earlier this year two of the Ed Tech Learning Network founders, Paul Hill, Utah State and Jamie Seger, Ohio State organized “innovate” events in Utah and Oregon. They are planning one in Delaware this October. Check out this video to get a sense of what taking a little time to focus on collaboration and ideas can do.

eXtension Blog. If you are not following the eXtension blog, you are missing out on innovation, inspiration, and impact. The topics of some recent invited posts to the blog include:

ed tech ln logoEdTechLN Tweetups. The Educational Technology Learning Network (EdTechLN) holds “Tweetups” twice a month to discuss current issues in Extension and technology. The most recent TweetUp featured “The Changing Role of Extension”. If you are on Twitter, you can participate by using the #EdTechLN hashtag. If you are not on Twitter, you can still follow the discussion by watching the discussion using one of the recommended tools.

eXtension LearnUpcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

Search Recordings on Learn

Visit learn.extension.org anytime and search for topics in your area or expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, financial management, food safety, or military children? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit learn.extension.org…

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News Roundup – June 2017

Matching Patterns or Changing Patterns?

Seth Godin writes that it is easier to sell your product (our programs) if you match the pattern of your audience rather than try to get them to adopt new patterns. In Extension, we are often focused on impact based on behavior change, so that can be disheartening to hear. All is not lost. If you read below, you will notice that the Maker Movement is an area where Extension has an opportunity to align with a compatible effort and still lead to changing behaviors.

What are your thoughts on the challenge of matching patterns versus changing patterns in our Extension work? Are there other examples like the Maker Movement? Share your comments by tweeting @eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

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impact collaborative logoImpact Collaborative Job Postings. eXtension is hiring two full-time people to serve the eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative. One position is the Program Manager, who is responsible for the formation and success of the Collaborative. The other position is an Instructional Technologist, who will be responsible for all aspects of professional development for the Collaborative. Applications are due July 10, 2017. View the job descriptions: Program Manager | Instructional Technologist

Impact Collaborative Program Fellows. Do you have expertise in Behavioral Health or Diversity & Inclusion? If so, you should check out these opportunities to lead a major national program in each of these areas. Each fellowship is expected to be a one-year commitment of around .5-.7 FTE and will work as part of a team to ensure the success of each Collaborative cohort. Applications are due July 21, 2017. View the job descriptions: Behavioral Health | Diversity & Inclusion

Communications Specialist. eXtension Foundation is getting ready to launch the Impact Collaborative and is seeking an individual or team to lead the communications rollout. This is expected to be a five-month contract, preferably with a current land grant university professional. View the job description…

Laura ThompsonData Visualization. It is not enough to have data when telling the story of Extension impacts. It needs to be presented in a way that grabs attention and quickly communicates the important points. Laura Thompson, University of Nebraska and eXtension fellow sifted through tools and techniques and provides a professional development blueprint for Extension professionals on data visualization. Visit Laura’s fellowship page for blog posts, a webinar, and her final report.

journal of extension logoMaker Movement. A Journal of Extension article highlights Makerspaces. In an increasingly digital world, these offer a venue for authentic engagement between Extension and the community. Through involvement in the maker movement, Extension has an opportunity to remain relevant in the 21st century. Authors of the article include several Utah State University Extension professionals including current eXtension Fellow, Dave Francis and past Fellow, Paul Hill.  Read the article…

Beat the Heat. The National Ag Safety Database has curated a collection of resources on heat illness in the agricultural workplace. Resources are available in a variety of media and some in different languages. View the resources… | Suggest resources for the database…

eXtension Foundation logoeXtension Blog. If you are not following the eXtension blog, you are missing out on innovation, inspiration, and impact. The topics of some recent additions to the blog include:

AFRI Support Letters. If you are submitting a proposal to an AFRI program this summer and wish to include the use of eXtension tools and services, you can download the appropriate letter for your submission by visiting this web page. [Proposal Support Requests]

Civil Dialogue Recording. Engaging community members to help address important issues is both rewarding and impactful. But doing this well takes considerable time investments and skill development. Is the investment worth the return? What are the potential risks to engaging and also to not engaging? This webinar explored these questions as well as showcase recent investments in civil dialogue by the first ECOP Rapid Response Team. Visit the toolbox | Webinar recording

Upcoming Webinars

  • So Many Apps – So Little Time. July 10, 2017, at 11 am EDT. Learn more…
  • Behavioral Ethics & Personal Finance: Morality, Bias, and Framing. July 11, 2017, at 11 am EDT. Learn more…
  • Organic Seed Production: Diseases and Pests. July 18, 2017, at 2 pm EDT. Learn more…
  • Composting Feedstocks and Recipe Development. July 21, 2017, at 2 pm EDT. Learn more…
  • Hiring Farm Employees: Process & Recommendations. July 26, 2017, at noon EDT. Learn more…
  • Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis. July 28, 2017, at 11 am EDT. Learn more…

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Writing About Research: Think Clarity! The key to communication is clarity. Yet many authors struggle with clearly conveying methodologies, findings, and relevant implications when crafting research briefs or other types of scholarly manuscripts. This webinar focused on strategies for avoiding common clarity-related issues in scholarly writing—from obvious problems such as inadequate organization to more subtle errors such as imprecise language and omitted punctuation. View the recording…

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