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Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders Series 2 - 2019

Well Connected Communities - Emerging Opportunities
The recording of last Friday's Learning for Leaders,  is available at Slides from the presentation are available by Clicking Here. These resources are available to help prepare applications for upcoming Wave 2 funding. The program equips volunteer leaders to help their neighbors be healthier at every stage of life and is ECOP endorsed and supported by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in partnership with National 4-H Council.

Responding to Disasters
ECOP Chair Ed Jones held a conversation on Friday, 4/5/19, 3-4:00 PM ET with Directors and Administrators representing all 5 regions regarding A Leader's Response to Natural Disasters. The panel of presenters were:
  • Nick Place – University of Florida (UFL) Dean and Director of Extension, ECOP Liaison to EDEN Executive Committee
  • Cheryl Skjolaas – University of Wisconsin, Chair of EDEN
  • Angie Lindsey – University of Florida, EDEN Point of Contact
  • Ashley Mueller – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
To explore how Florida's Extension leaders leveraged EDEN resources to reduce the impact of Hurricanes Michael and Irma and how Nebraska Extension leaders are relying on EDEN to lift up volunteer centers to help relieve the effects of the recent "bomb cyclone" related flooding, go to recording go to and view the PowerPoint. Send questions and comments about this session to

Strategic Realignment
ECOP Chair Ed Jones held a conversation with 24 Extension Directors and Administrators representing all 5 regions regarding Strategic Realignment on Friday, 3/1/19, 3-4:00 PM ET. The goal of the conversation was to hear what Extension leaders have to say and gauge the preliminary receptiveness for the concept of Strategic Realignment. Moderators ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee (BLC) Chair Jon Boren, New Mexico State University, and ECOP Executive Director Rick Klemme were be joined by Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska, and Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University, who along with Jon and Rick are members of the Strategic Realignment Committee. The discussion and those occurring by each region, will help inform the BLC which meets on 3/12/18 for approval by the ECOP Executive Committee to prepare an official report to the Budget & Advocacy Committee. To listen go to:

The 2019 National Extension Awards program offered by ECOP in partnership and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) began February 1. The deadline to submit nominations is May 1.  Last Friday's Next Generation Extension – Learning for Leaders, National Extension Awards, Systems Thinking, and Winning Words, is available for review at Top comments: Start process EARLY, there are many benefits to nominating, use a more systematic approach, resubmit nominations from past years, add value with quotes.  Click Here to View/Download the slides. Contact information for the experts Ann Kellett and Suzanne Deatherage is found on the last slide. Go to to begin. Send questions and comments about this session to

4-H Grows
On Friday, January 4, ECOP Chair Ed Jones, Virginia Tech, was joined by Jen McIver, National 4-H Council, Vice President of Field Marketing and Partnerships, to kick off the 2019 Next Generation Extension - Learning for Leaders series. The purpose of the hour was to renew the Cooperative Extension Section's appreciation for the 4-H Grows campaign (increase 4-H membership to 10 million youth by 2025) and collect the input by Directors and Administrators and answer their questions on the value of a unified 4-H brand and national marketing program. The video recording Growing Extension’s Reach and Relevance Through the 4-H Brand and PowerPoint from the session are now available for sharing and review across the nation and Section. Send questions and comments to as the exciting dialogue continues.

To review Series 1 - 2018 Learning for Leaders Sessions go to: