December 2011 Extension Professional Development

December holds 15 different topics offered by eXtension Communities of Practice, the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) and eXtension for your professional development! See the list of professional development events at For each topic you’ll find a description, date/time and length, as well as information on where to connect to the online session. Pick a topic, and attend through your computer browser! If you or your colleagues offer professional development online that’s open to others in Cooperative Extension, please add the information at by logging in with your eXtensionID and click “Create a new PD event.”

See details for each session at

ACE (Association for Communication Excellence)
Academic Integrity–An Online Discussion of Issues and Solutions on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

The Health Benefits of Blueberries on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

Children Youth Family
Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Natural spaces: A place for positive youth development on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dairy Cattle
Animal Welfare Certification Options on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Strategies to Improve Reproduction During Summer Heat Stress on Monday, March 05, 2012
Nutrition Programs for the Heat Stressed Herd on Monday, March 19, 2012
Economics of Heat Stress: Implications for Management on Monday, April 02, 2012
Cooling Strategies During Heat Stress on Monday, April 23, 2012

CoP Evaluation Efforts: eOrganic on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Question Wrangler Monthly Meet-up – December 2011 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
Institutional Team Web Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2012
Where in Cooperative Extension can I find X?: Google Custom Search on Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2012
Findings of the Extension Social Media Study on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Military Families
Supporting military youth and families in your communities on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

Reduced Tillage in Organic Vegetable Production Webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

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. You may indicate your interest on the page for each PD Event at (log in with your eXtensionID). These are great opportunities to learn together.

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). Login with your eXtension ID to indicate your interest in and attendance at the offered sessions. Add your professional development events that are open to extension.

Each professional development Event page has a unique URL. Use it to include 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!

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.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Beth Raney at