I have been serving on an Innovation Task Force for the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). The team is made up of about a dozen Extension professionals from across the country and we're preparing a report on what the Cooperative Extension System can do to be more innovative in the 21st Century for ECOP's next meeting in September.
I will be posting my contributions to our task force's writing assignments each week. Please read them over and let me know what you think.
Note: Pictured above are some of my friends from grad school that volunteer in my Extension programs. I appreciate them so much, they are making a difference.
This is the second blog post where I'll be sharing my contributions to the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Innovation Task Force's writing assignments. In this writing assignment I try to answer the question:
How do we promote innovation in Extension leadership?
The Innovation Task Force is looking for ideas about how to encourage what we identified as the most important characteristics of innovation in existing leaders, what types and formats of training should be provided, what would the hiring process look like to bring in new leaders with innovative skill sets, how do we maintain a dedication to innovation from our leaders, etc.
Please read over my response and leave a comment below with your thoughts, critiques and insights. I believe in working out loud, if you read this post please let me know what you think.
I was interviewed by USU Extension Sustainability last month and asked to describe a typical day in the life as an Extension Agent. I also discussed my educational programs, thoughts on what sustainability means to me and why I love living in southern Utah.
I just finished reading this outstanding book. Here are all my notes and takeaways.
Making has become a hot topic, not just in 4-H but in all of education. More 4-H programs are planning to host Maker Camps this summer than ever before. I am so thrilled to see youth across the country involved in the Maker Movement, however, my fear is that some of us are missing the point.
Some of us are jumping on the bandwagon because we were told to, or it’s what everyone else is doing. When this happens, in many cases I see youth following instructions, recipes and patterns—building what the manual says to build—this is not bad, it’s a good start but it is not making.
Anyone can follow instructions and make something, but that doesn’t mean they are learning. So, what makes ‘making’ meaningful?
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