January 2019 News Roundup

News Roundup – January 2019
Why be a member of eXtension? While we still support many of our tools that we’ve been known for, our focus is on helping Extension professionals with program impact. We do that through the Impact Collaborative. To take advantage of what the Impact Collaborative has to offer, become a member today! Contact Beverly Coberly atbeverlycoberly@eXtension.org to learn more.  
 Upcoming EventsCustomer Relationship Management Webinar:Featuring eXtension’s CRM Fellow, February 13th, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 PM EST. Click Here to Register.Customer relationship management (CRM) systems are a tool widely used by companies to track their interactions with customers and partners. CRM is also being used by Extension systems to keep track of their interactions with people, though the preferred term for the “C” in CRM may be clientele or contact. Join us to discover what CRM is and why Extension systems are implementing or considering it. The webinar will provide an overview of what CRM is, what features are most relevant to Extension, and how using it can help Extension systems maintain their clientele relationships.Learn More & Register

Innovation Facilitator Training, March 2019: Due to popular demand, we have decided to host another national Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator training to ensure all members have an opportunity to send an individual to be trained.

The training is from March 12th-14th in Atlanta, GA. This second training opportunity is primarily for institutions that did not send an individual to be trained at our January 2019 session. There is no cost for our member Directors & Administrators to appoint one individual to send to this training. eXtension will cover registration, travel, lodging, meals, and per diem. Learn more and register hereRegistration deadline is February 18th. Learn More & Register

Impact Collaborative Summit, April 2019: We are pleased to announce that the registration for our first of two national Impact Collaborative Summits is now open. The Spring Impact Collaborative Summit is from April 30th – May 2nd, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is available hereEach of our member Directors & Administrators have been provided a promo code to receive 5 free registrations to the Summit to send a project or program team. A registration fee will apply for additional teams. The Impact Collaborative Summit brings unique opportunities to create impactful results at the local level by increasing Cooperative Extension’s organizational readiness and capacity for innovation and change. We help connect project and program teams with skills, tools, resources and partners that can expand and deepen their impact in a continuing partnership with the Impact Collaborative. You can hear what some of our participants had to say about our October 2018 Impact Collaborative Summit here.The registration deadline is April 7th and space is limited; we encourage you to have your team register as soon as possible.More information about the Impact Collaborative Summit, registration, and hotel booking can be found here.Learn More & Register

News from eXtension41 Cooperative Extension professionals join the Impact Collaborative as Innovation Facilitators to advance program impact41 Cooperative Extension professionals representing 28 institutions attended eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training in Atlanta, GA, and completed initial learning and application of the Impact Collaborative methodology. Their skills help them lead innovation skill-building experiences at state or institutional events and at the national Impact Collaborative Summits.They join 50 other Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitators across the Cooperative Extension System. To read the full announcement, and see a listing of our new Innovation Facilitators, please click here Some of our newest Innovation Facilitators share their thoughts and experience from the January 2019 Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension hosts the Impact Collaborative The University of Georgia hosted an Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building experience to build a culture of creativity and innovation to increase employee engagement. 57 people participated on 10 teams and were led by eXtension Staff and 3 trained Innovation Facilitators.

According to Dr. Laura Perry Johnson, Associate Dean for Extension at the University of Georgia, “one of UGA Extension’s strategic goals is to give employees the time and space to explore innovative ideas and new ways to do things. The Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience in our state allowed us to do just that with 10 of our existing issue teams. They dedicated two full days to moving their issue or project forward. eXtension is also helping to support these teams and their efforts with quarterly “accountability” calls to be sure we stay on track.”Are you ready to bring the Impact Collaborative to your state or institution for an event? This member benefit provides an innovation skill-building experience that is designed alongside your leadership team and contextualized for your institutions’ needs. eXtension provides all the staffing and support for these events. Contact Chris Geith at christinegeith@eXtension.org to learn more. Contact To Learn More

Creating a Credential for Extension Professionals A joint effort between the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP), the Extension Committee on Organization & Policy (ECOP), and eXtension is underway to create a credential for Extension professionals.At the summer board meeting of JCEP in 2018, Scott Reed, the ECOP liaison to JCEP offered the idea of an Extension credential. The JCEP Board supported this opportunity and charged a small group to look at a complete a business plan to determine if the financial costs of creating a credential was worthwhile to the JCEP organization.Chris Geith, CEO of eXtension, offered the support of eXtension to facilitate creating the competency framework required and needed for a professional credential. This is funded, in part, through eXtension’s New Technologies for Ag Extension grant.More information about this Extension Credential will be shared. The target for completion is Fall, 2019. 

1890 Extension Leadership Academy The 1890 Extension Leadership Academy kicked last November in Atlanta, GA. The purpose of this effort is to encourage cross-collaboration among states on important issues as related to program areas, as well as build essential leadership skills for this cohort. The Academy fosters the incubation, development, and implementation of innovative ideas in the 1890 communities towards creating measurable impact.This six-month Academy began with a two-day innovation skill-building event from the Impact Collaborative to help participants representing 12 institutions from the 1890 Region learn an innovation process that they could use to accelerate their project and program teams back at their institutions.  
Upcoming Webinars Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

Bringing Presence to Community: A Positive Psychology Short Course (Part II)  February 6th, 2019 at 10:30 AM EDT. Learn More or Register

The What & Why of Extension Customer Relationship Management, February 13th, 2019 at 3:30 PM EDT. Learn More or Register

Getting Started With Small Farm Business Start-Up February 20th, 2019 at 7 PM 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.