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News Roundup – November

Congratulations! You Failed.

At the recent First State Innovate! Event, a panel of Extension innovators talked about the role of failure. One key is to test your ideas so that failures occur early and allow you to pivot and iterate quickly. These kind of “failures” are more likely to lead to programs that provide new insights, new practices, or reach new audiences.

What have been some of your ‘favorite’ failures in your career? How have those helped shape your work today? Let us know by tweeting to @eXtension4u and using the #coopext hashtag.

News Roundup

Impact Collaborative. eXtension Foundation is supporting three Impact Collaborative cohorts in 2018 for Extension professionals at member institutions. The first will focus on Food Systems with the application process expected to open in November. This will be followed by Behavioral Health and Diversity and Inclusion. The process for all three will kickoff in January and February 2018 with Designathon One, and continue with Designathon Two events (one for each cohort) in April/May 2018.

The process will also include tailored professional development events (online), and access to key informants. Selected projects will have the opportunity to apply for fellowships, innovation funding, or invited to serve as mentors/key informants to the 2019 cohorts. Past participants have shared how their experience helped them expand leadership skills, gain greater visibility at their institution, work differently as a result of their concept map, and advocate for their programs and ideas.

Some important information:

Project Manager. eXtension is pleased to welcome Tira Adelman as the project manager for the recently-announced EPA pesticide safety grant. She will be in charge of establishing and administering a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. Tira previously worked as a Research Project Manager for Susan G. Komen, the largest funder of breast cancer research. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. The grant program is a collaborative effort between eXtension, the National Pesticide Safety Education Center, U.S. EPA, and other partners.  Learn more about the NPSEC…

digital green logoDigital Green Webinar. Last March, we announced a collaboration between Digital Green and eXtension. This is the first of many solution partners we plan to introduce to the Impact Collaboratives to incubate projects and bring new opportunities to the table. The goal of this collaboration is to pilot test a platform, used successfully in Asia and Africa, in U.S. Extension projects. Possible connections for food systems projects include an online organized network, database, or mobile application, information access, commodity aggregation, transport services, or data collection and analysis. Join the eXtension Digital Green Fellow, Jennifer Cook, Colorado State University and Karin Lion, Digital Green’s Director of Global Agricultural Strategy for this 30-minute webinar. November 14, 2017, at 2:00 EST. Register for the webinar…

From the eXtension Blog

Civil Rights Course. Civil rights are front and center in our nation’s news, which makes Extension professionals’ responsibility for understanding the importance of civil rights training and ensuring inclusiveness in programming more important than ever. A new online course developed by more than 40 University of Minnesota Extension faculty and staff and led by Renee Pardello, Key Informant for the eXtension Impact Collaborative, is now available nationwide. The course, which works best as a small-group activity, can be accessed at eXtension’s online Campus.

ed tech ln logoEdTechLN. The Ed Tech Learning Network held a Tweetup on November 2 around the topic of “Clear, effective communication with clientele”. You don’t need to be on Twitter to read the Tweetcap which includes great examples and advice from Extension professionals (and others) from across the U.S. Read the Tweetcap… | Learn more about the EdTechLN…

Upcoming Webinars

Check out these (among many more) upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org


  • Open Data and CGIAR’s Big Data Platform. Open data is increasingly becoming a priority and requirement from funders. Some universities have created systems for compliance such as maintaining repositories under the direction of the university libraries while others have left compliance up to the researchers. This webinar will focus on the need for a culture that values data as a product in itself and targets efforts towards best practices to managing it and following FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles.November 16, 2017, at noon EST. Learn more or register for the webinar…


  • Make your story maps shine! Learn more about how to use the popular story mapping tool to increase visibility and engagement with your clientele. November 20, 2017, at 2 pm EST. Learn more or register for the webinar…

eXtension LearnSearch Recordings on Learn

Visit learn.extension.org anytime and search for topics in your area of expertise or in areas in which you need to get started. Want to know about bugs, climate change, composting, or military families? There are dozens of recordings being added every month to this valuable resource. Visit learn.extension.org…