eXtension Launches State & Local Value Enhancement Effort with Listening Sessions

A critical part of the 2011-1014 eXtension Strategic Plan is the Enhancement of State and Local Value for eXtension within the Cooperative Extension System. A State and Local Value Enhancement (SLVE) Plan has been developed and two initial goals are already underway. First, as noted in another article, a State and Local Value Enhancement Working Group has been formed. And, second, eXtension has organized and will conduct 8 listening sessions during April focusing on Cooperative Extension’s perceptions of eXtension and use of technology. Institutional Teams nationwide recruited volunteers for the listening sessions. The sessions are divided into four clusters:

Group 1–County secretarial/support staff
•Tuesday, April 10
•Wednesday, April 11

Group 2–County agent/educator/program assistant
•Thursday, April 12
•Tuesday, April 17

Group 3–State/regional specialist/faculty
•Wednesday, April 18
•Thursday, April 19

Group 4–Administrator

•Tuesday, April 24
•Wednesday, April 25

The one-hour sessions will be conducted via Adobe Connect and moderated by Michael Lambur or Sarah Baughman. A report on the findings will help the SLVE Working Group develop plans, resources, and implementation steps to address local value enhancement within Cooperative Extension.

For more information, please contact Jerry Thomas at jthomas@extension.org or Terry Meisenbach, tmeisenbach@extension.org.