eXtension News Roundup – February 2017

Thought Leaders. Global Perspectives. Exciting Professional Development Opportunities. These are just three of the reasons to closely read this month’s news roundup!

Digital Green eXtension Fellowship Call for Application Is Open

Are you interested in Extension approaches that have been tested and proven in other countries? Do you enjoy working with innovative digital technologies? Digital Green and eXtension are partnering to fund a Fellowship project in 2017. The Fellow will work with the 2017 Food Systems Issue Corps to explore ways to apply models used in Africa and Asia to U.S. Extension. Learn more about the fellowship… Related: Check out a March 8 webinar on Digital Green’s work.

Coming Soon! Food Systems Issue Corps

Hundreds of Extension Professionals have already engaged in the Issue Corps experience with program ideas covering the entire spectrum of Extension. eXtension is looking to recruit more than 200 projects and 700 members of the 2017 Food Systems Issue Corps.  Watch for more details and the call for applications coming this spring! Read the pre-announcement…

Data Visualization for Telling Extension’s Story

A recent webinar on data visualization attracted over 290 viewers and provided a look at tools and resources for presenting data. You will also see examples of ways to effectively communicate about your program impact. Over 98% of those that attended the live webinar reported gaining information they can use right away. View the recording…

Paul HillAre You Ready to Become a Thought Leader?

In Extension, we often know of great information and resources that would benefit our clientele. Are we deliberate about sharing credible information and helping people discover our Extension System? Paul Hill, with Utah State University, is a former eXtension Fellow and currently part of the eXtension Innovation Lab. He recently gave a presentation on “Thought Leadership”.  Paul has also written a blog post on how to manage information flow and curate thought leadership. He makes a compelling case that Extension Professionals need to work at developing their reputations as thought leaders and offers tips to get started.

Building Your Brand

Related to the above topic on thought leaders, is the topic of building your brand as an Extension Professional. Presenter and Key Informant Sandy Adam helps scientists around the world create and build their professional brand in social networks to increase knowledge about and impact of their work. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Register for the webinar…

National Pesticide Safety Education Center

The National Pesticide Safety Education Center has launched with the hire of Tom Smith as Executive Director and Kerry Richards as Educational Program Developer. The Center will support state pesticide safety education programs by identifying existing tools and resources and create new resources. eXtension will serve as the legal and financial home for the Center during this startup phase and also provide a catalog of offerings by the Center and state programs. Learn more about the NPSEC…

Cooperative Extension & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Partnership

A two-part webinar series is scheduled to learn more about a new partnership between Cooperative Extension and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the 10-year partnership is to build a Culture of Health in communities across America in 2017 and beyond. In March, Cooperative Extension Service institutions can apply. Five will be selected as pilots this summer to launch the program. All institutions will have the chance to engage in other ways, including professional development opportunities. The first webinar was held March 9 and the second will be April 6, 2017, 2:00pm EDT. Register for the webinar…

The New eXtension Explained

eXtension has undergone major changes with a primary focus to increase Extension’s ability to deliver a visible and measurable impact, locally and system-wide. This includes development opportunities for Extension professionals, increasing Extension-created innovation of new tools and new methods for achieving local impact and ensuring that investments of both time and resources return a measurable value to member states and the national system. In a February 22 webinar, Doug Steele shared more about the current priorities and future direction of the new eXtension. Watch the recorded webinar…

EdTechLN Founders Receive JCEP Award

Four founding members of the Ed Tech Learning Network (EdTechLN) received the Award for Creative Excellence at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) held in February. They include Jamie Seger and Jerry Thomas, Ohio State University; Paul Hill, Utah State University; and Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University. Jamie and Paul were present at the conference to receive the award as well as to present as part of the nationally-broadcast JCEP Virtual Town Hall. Read more about the award and the work of the EdTechLN…

National Health Insurance Survey for Farmers

Do you work with farmers? Do you want to contribute to an effort to learn more about how health insurance policy affects farmers?  A multi-state research and extension project has developed a survey with the goal of understanding what portions of health insurance are working well for farmers and where modifications need to be made. The results will be shared with agriculture and health policy makers. Share the survey with farmers and ranchers in your area. Survey link…

eXtension LearnDon’t Miss These Recordings

4-H Futures Program. Since 2002 the Missouri 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach Program, has promoted college as an attainable goal for high school youth who are not typically encouraged to attend college, such as first-generation college students. View the recording…

Conversation About Evaluation. Scott Cummings of Texas A&M led a discussion with the goal of addressing what the Extension Professionals in the Issue Corps feel are their biggest obstacles in evaluating their programs. The information is relevant to all of Extension as well as the members of the Issue Corps. View the recording…

Global Thinking, Local Programming. Understanding the value of global dynamics and cultural knowledge was led by Dr. Renee Pardello, University of Minnesota. She covered examples to better understand the interplay how global realities affect us locally. View the recording…

Don’t forget to visit Learn and search for upcoming or past webinars on topics of interest to you. Recordings and other event materials are posted for past events, often within 24 hours after the webinar ends.

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