News Roundup – August 2018

There are lots of things going on at eXtension this month! Registration is happening for the Impact Collaborative Summit! We also have some general information pertaining to the January 2019 Impact Collaborative Facilitator Training. A new success story from the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program, and news about the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy!

Did you miss the Impact Collaborative Summit Webinar? You can view the entire video here. There is lots of great information about what the Impact Collaborative and the Summit is all about, and how it can help you.

August 2018 Roundup

Impact Collaborative Summit. The Impact Collaborative is hosting its first national Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, IN, from October 16-18, 2018. The Summit is available to all member institutions and includes anInnovation Kit Workshop and Designathon Two. The registration fee is waived for Premium Member Institutions for the first 5 members sent as a team, and the first 3 members for Basic Member Institutions. More details including FAQs and Registration can be found here.

January 2019 Facilitator Training. The Impact Collaborative will be hosting another Facilitator Training in January, 2019. If you’re from a Premium Member Institution, and your institution did not send someone to be trained as a Facilitator during the July 2018 training, your institution can send one member to be trained in the Impact Collaborative process at no cost to their institution including registration, travel, meals, and lodging. Additional facilitators are welcome to join, but the cost of registration, travel, and lodging will be the responsibility of the institution.

Our Facilitators assist the Impact Collaborative in leading statewide Innovation Kit Workshops and Designathon One events, along with their contribution to the Impact Collaborative Summit as a Facilitator or Key Informant. Additionally, the Impact Collaborative process provides them a framework to lead informal workshops and skill-building sessions at their own institutions to help move projects and programs forward. For a complete list of our current Facilitators, please click here

Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP) Success. eXtension received this grant from the EPA to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education and training for certified applicators of restricted use pesticides. eXtension was invited in early 2017 to apply for this grant by pesticide safety education coordinators and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). The goal of NPSEC is to support Extension Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP) across the nation. Forty-six PSEPs are benefitting from this grant with projects aimed at improving the quality of pesticide applicator training.

Katie Moore, an Extension Associate for Pesticide Safety Education saw a need to improve the quality of pesticide applicator training material and classes. Prior to her project, pesticide applicators in South Carolina were required to complete a 7-hour video-based course for training. Through the Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program (PSEFMP) grant, Katie created a new training program that would be delivered by Extension educators to improve the overall educational quality, and reduced the training time to 3-hours, saving thousands of man-hours for applicators in South Carolina, and increasing overall compliance. The current passing rate for this training is 85%.Listen to Katie’s story here

1890 Extension Leadership Academy. The 1890 Extension Leadership Academy is a customized experience by eXtension’s Impact Collaborative, designed alongside 1890 leaders. 1890 Administrators are requested to select three individuals to participate in the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy. This effort will encourage cross-collaboration among states on important issues as related to program areas as well as build essential leadership skills for this cohort.

The Leadership Academy is designed to:

  • Foster the incubation, development, and implementation of innovative ideas in the 1890 communities, toward creating measurable impacts in all program areas. 
  • Enhance innovation and impactful change using co-innovative approaches that build from a community engagement base.
  • Build a cohort and network of early/mid-career Extension professionals who are emergent leaders in your institution.

The delivery methods include face-to-face and virtual sessions, including anImpact Collaborative Designathon One Event. The duration of this training is 6 months and includes travel days from November 13th – 15th. Extension educators with 2-10 years of experience should be selected for this opportunity. The 1890 Extension Leadership Academy provides lodging, food, educational materials, and two days of training. The goals are to:

  • Demonstrate how design-thinking and lean-experimentation can help generate innovative ideas
  • Engage with stakeholders (local, state, national) and create a communications plan to inform impact
  • Provide professional development opportunities for Cooperative Extension professionals.
  • Reach new audiences through inclusion.
1890 Extension Leadership Academy: Welcome Back
Administrators have been contacted with a registration link to submit the names of their designated individuals to attend the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy. 
This work is supported by grant no. 
2018-38821-27770 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on

  • 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Winterizing Your Home to Keep Out Pests.  September 7th, 2018 at 2 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Cooking Under Pressure. September 13, 2018 at 1 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Paying for College: The Forever GI Bill and Repayment Plans. September 25, 2018 at 11 AM EDTLearn More or Register
This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.