May 2011 Extension Professional Development

eXtension Professional Development offers a variety of sessions this month and ongoing from around the country as part of Extension’s National Learning Network. Please share this announcement with others and encourage them to pick a topic and try it out. All sessions are open to all Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and employees. No pre-registration is necessary, though you may indicate your interest on the page for each PD Event at (log in with your eXtensionID). Give us 30-60 minutes and we’ll teach you something useful!

Any web-based professional development sessions open to Cooperative Extension may be listed at Look there under Upcoming Events (, browse by recent tags, or search to find professional development in your areas of interest. If you know of professional development events that are open to Cooperative Extension but not yet listed there, please add them by clicking “Create a new PD Event.” Each event then has a URL that may be used to share with colleagues! Each PD event page includes the title, description, presenters, link for participation and recording, as well as a check box to show your interest and/or participation in the event.


Find links to the recordings of recent events at

Upcoming professional development offers 30- to 60-minute sessions on topics provided by Communities of Practice, ACE, and other extension colleagues. In addition this includes monthly Question Wrangler meet-ups and Institutional Team web conferences.

May 10 at 10:30 a.m., Evaluation of a water conservation program: Is
there a “silver bullet”?

May 17 at 12:00 p.m., For Youth, For Life CoP
May 18 at 2:00 p.m., eXtension Google Apps – The Technical Details
May 24 at 10:00 a.m., Irrigation Efficiency – Pumping Plants
May 24 at 2:00 p.m., Question Wrangler Monthly Meetup – May 2011
May 27 at 11:00 a.m., Michigan Cottage Food Law: Food Safety
May 31 at 2:00 p.m., Ask an Expert: Getting Started and Discussion Double Header

June 7 at 10:00 a.m., Irrigation Scheduling
June 7 at 11:00 a.m., Social learning
June 21 at 9:00 a.m., Irrigation Efficiency – Pipeline Distribution Systems
June 21 at 12:00 p.m., For Youth, For Life CoP

More sessions are listed for July and beyond. For complete descriptions and details go to See information for each session, an overview of upcoming eXtension Professional Development sessions, links to historical sessions (and recordings once they are available). Log in with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance of the offered sessions. Add your professional development events that are open to extension.

Check out let us know what you think. Start including your favorite session links in Twitter, Facebook and more! If your extension service or CoP has held professional development and has an open recording available, add it at!