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eXtension Month in Review – September 2016

September, 2016

September continued to bring good news as blog posts on i-Three Issue Corps projects rolled in, recounting positive results on a variety of innovative climate and food systems undertakings. The call for applications for eXtension’s new Community Issue Corps was issued and received a good response with applications now coming in. All of eXtension Foundation’s new initiatives of the last 12 months were enthusiastically reviewed at the Cooperative Extension Systems annual National Extension Directors/Administrators (CES/NEDA) meeting in Jackson, Wyoming, and we move into fall energized by expectations of greater engagement and value for the Extension professionals we serve.

Recap of NEDA and New eXtension Foundation Board of Directors

NEDAPreparing for NEDA occupied much of our focus during September as we had many developments to report in a very short presentation. Since September 2015, we have embraced a new purpose and mission, new outreach initiatives, a new website, new technologies to conduct our activities as well as to teach and support Extension professionals, new business structure and practices, new people and new roles. All were favorably reviewed by eXtension’s Board of Directors, which also held its annual election, adding two new members, Ken LaValley (University of New Hampshire) and Barbara Petty (Oregon State University) and selecting a new Board Chair, Vernon Jones (Langston University).

Important Deadline FRIDAY October 7, 2016: Applications for Community Issue Corps

Community Issue CorpsWe are really excited about our newest initiative: the first Community Issue Corps opportunity for Communities of Practice and Learning Networks. Up to 10 new projects or programs from existing or new Communities will be selected to explore a NEW topic or goal with NEW strategies for execution and evaluation that can then be applied to future projects and programs. The Corps experience supports Communities as they design an outreach experiment/research project, define key competencies/deliverables, assess local impact and establish effective communication strategies to broadcast marketing and success. Learn more about this opportunity…

New Link on eXtension Homepage Offers Professional Development Overview

Professional DevelopmentBegin your search for professional development opportunities with a new quick link on extension.org that allows you to view the whole range of offerings and begin looking for exactly what you need in just a few clicks. Included is a curated list of webinars, both recorded and upcoming, that are deemed to have professional improvement value for Extension educators, staff and administrators, along with a guide to online professional development courses. It also highlights competency frameworks developed for Extension professionals and links to the Extension professional associations. Try it out! And, give us your suggestions for other professional development opportunities to include.

eXtension Quarterly Webinar Meeting Wednesday, October 19, 2016

color_logoJoin eXtension CEO Christine Geith and the eXtension leadership team at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 19. Together they will present updates on programming, stories from the i-Three Issue Corps, and answer questions from attendees about new developments at the eXtension Foundation including our new competency-based education capacity. Learn more and add this to your calendar…

Webinar Monday, October 10, 2016: Potential Uses and Benefits of Augmented Reality for Extension Professionals

Augmented RealityJoin Michele Kroll, M.S EdS from University of Missouri Extension, at 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, October 10, 2016 for a new webinar, “Augmented Reality: A New Tool for Extension.” Michele will introduce some of the tools and ways she has used AR in her Extension work. Learn more (including a short reading assignment to prepare) and add this to your calendar…

New Handouts on eXtension Available on Printable PDFs for Local Use

Project Map cropped imageTwo new quick-read handouts, one a roadmap Introduction to eXtension and the other a national map showing the locations and institutions with i-Three Issue Corps projects are now posted on eXtension.org. We continue to respond to requests from CES directors and administrators for the tools they need to spread the word of the eXtension’s opportunities to their employees.

Don’t Miss the New September i-Three Issue Corps Blog Posts

eXtension blogsLearn about our Issue Corps members’ stories and how their projects are delivering impact in communities across the country. Be sure to check out these stories…

Coming Soon!

GODANThe announcements of eXtension Fellowship and eXtension/GODAN Fellowship recipients and the release of the Horizon Report will be featured in a number of eXtension webinar learning events and emails throughout the fall beginning in October.