CoP Leaders, eXtension Staff Involved in Urban Conference

Community of Practice leaders and eXtension staff members will lead 10 workshops at the National Urban Extension Conference May 2-5 in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference theme is The New Extension Commons: Connecting People and Programs. Conference participants will learn about building partnerships, best practices for urban Extension, how to promote the public value of Extension and more.

eXtension-led workshops:

“New Normal” Financial Education Needs: An eXtension Community’s Response
Patricia Swanson, Iowa State University, and Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University
Financial Security for All Community of Practice

Social Media: Increasing Programming Efforts and Outreach for Extension Programs
Ashley Griffin, Karen Jeannette, Amy Hays and Craig Wood, eXtension staff; Jane Scherer and Greg Stack, University of Illinois

Family Preparedness and Ready Business Courses for Urban Audiences
Becky Koch, North Dakota State University
Two new programs from the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

Future Backward Workshop – (3 sessions long)
Kevin Gamble, Anne Adrian and Beth Raney, eXtension staff; Rhonda Conlon, North Carolina State University, Jerry Thomas, Ohio State University
A Cognitive Edge Future Backwards technique will compare and contrast past perspectives and present and future aspirations. Participants will investigate and develop a sense of what Cooperative Extension’s future may look like.

Urban Extension and Urban eXtension: A Listening Session
Terry Meisenbach, Dan Cotton, Craig Wood and Kevin Gamble, eXtension staff
Discuss the opportunities and challenges in reaching urban audiences on topics of interest to them.

eXtension Virtual 3D – Immersive Learning Environments
LuAnn Phillips, eXtension staff

Land Grant Partners and Department of Defense Military Families Initiative
Anne Adrian and Kyle Kostelecky, eXtension Military Families Initiative
Learn about successes, challenges, expectations and suggestions for partnering with the Department of Defense.

Extending Your Reach Without Over Extending Yourself
Amy Hays, Craig Wood, Ashley Griffin, and Karen Jeannette, eXtension staff
Explore ways to work differently as a Cooperative Extension educator.

Conference details and links to register are at A news release about the conference is at