Urban Extension: A Professional Development Offering

Transforming Extension Professional Development

In competency-based education and training, requirements are explicitly defined in terms of collections of skills, knowledge, and abilities (i.e. competencies), each of which is measurable and can be assessed. Every program, course, or lesson is tagged with the competencies it addresses and assesses. When learners take a course, the competencies they achieve are recorded in badges and credentials. A competency based approach enables professionals to compare the skills they have with the skills they need and find opportunities that efficiently bridge the gaps. URL: https://8907224.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/8907224/Urban%20Extension/Prof-Dev-Path- Extension-in-the-City.pdf

Why Urban Matters to Our Future Success

This is an exploration by the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) describing the importance of the 2015 National Framework and the Implementation Plan, and detailing how NUEL can utilize green infrastructure in urban areas as an enactment of the 4Ps (positioning, programming, personnel, partnerships) outlined in these documents to make such projects extremely effective, both for Urban Extension and for the communities so served. URL: https://8907224.fs1.hubspotusercontent-na1.net/hubfs/8907224/Urban%20Extension/Why-Urban- Matters-to-Our-Future-Success-ppt.pdf

Examining the Impact of Community Size on the Retention of County Extension Agents

The study reported here examined job embeddedness, employee retention, and community size among Extension agents in a two-state study. Statistically significant differences in job embeddedness by community size were present. Analysis of the Variance (ANOVA) showed that five of six job embeddedness components were significantly different based on community size. Extension agents working in the most rural and most urban communities indicated the lowest levels of job embeddedness. Institution: University of Kentucky URL: https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss3/21/

Kentucky's Urban Extension Focus

Defining the success of Urban Extension units is sometimes challenging. For those Extension agents, specialists, administrators, and others who have worked to bring solid, research-based programming to urban communities, it is no surprise that working in these communities brings its own unique and sometimes difficult challenges. Kentucky's Urban Extension Forum was designed to help identify both the structural barriers to urban Extension success as well as possible solutions.

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