Next Generation Extension is all about professional development….this one however is a bit more specific to youth educators.
Join this Train the Trainer Code Camp and learn how to help youth excel at problem solving in all subject areas! This class is for anyone interested in teaching youth to code in a fun and easy program. Code Camp training and computer access can be perfect for after school programs, youth organizations, library programs and classrooms. If you can read, you can code in this game environment! Youth learn to code while developing skills to promote critical thinking, creativity, persistence and logic .
Training will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Rd., Omaha, NE 68124. The class will be taught by D r. Deb Weitzenkamp, Nebraska Extension STEM Youth Development Educator.
Fee: $10 per person
Please register in advance!
To download a Code Camp registration form (pdf, 511 kb)
For more information, contact Dr. Deb Weitzenkamp at 402-873-3166 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Euwanda Jennings at 402-444-7898 or email@example.com.
Curious about what is really going on with today’s youth? This webinar will highlight key youth trends from national data sets. A time for discussion about implications and programming delivery will also be included in the webinar.
Michelle Krehbiel, PhD, is a youth development specialist and associate professor at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development. Her work focuses on creating positive youth development environments in out-of-school and informal education settings. Other programming and research efforts include: promoting good health habits in youth and working with vulnerable youth populations. She has received grants from USDA Children, Youth and Families at Risk Grant and numerous healthy living grants from National 4-H Council. Michelle worked for K-State Research and Extension as the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Riley County where she operated the county’s Expanded Family Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program. Michelle received her BS in Home Economics Education from Bethel College, North Newton, KS and MS and PhD from Kansas State University in Family Studies and Human Services. She is a certified family life educator (CFLE) and a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and National Council of Family Relations.
Join us on August 14th at 10:00 CT at https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/583999580
How in the world can we obtain a good work and life balance, especially in the field of Extension? Within this webinar, participants will see what we can do as professionals to make “Mission Impossible” possible, by reviewing research about work and life balance, evaluating programs and professional development, changing expectations, and making our work and life balance more on point.
Callie Ward is an Extension Assistant Professor for Utah State University in Garfield County which is the 5th lowest populated county in Utah with a population of a little over 5,000 and has a total area of 5,208 square miles making it the 5th largest county. Her responsibilities cover youth development, rural communities, and family and consumer sciences. She also has done extensive research in professional development for USU Extension Faculty and has taken a large interest in helping others maintain a work and life balance.
Join us on Zoom at https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/583999580 on September 11th at 10:00 CT.
Attend the July Next Generation Extension Webinar if you’d like learn how to make creative videos with your Apple or Android mobile device:
The session will be hands-on and not recorded. A detailed handout of the complete webinar will be available to participants after the presentation.
Link for the webinar: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/583999580
Do & read these 3 things BEFORE the webinar …. Continue reading
“People are like lightening…they follow the path of least resistance.” ~Deb Weitzenkamp
You have probably heard me say this before…but I find it just is so true. When working with 4-H families or colleagues, I’ve seen over and over again that there is a lot less following of Robert Frost’s “the road not taken” and a lot more of the “path of least resistance.” I admit, I’ve done this a lot too….it’s just easier to check things off the list if you follow a recipe that you have used before. ….But if your focus is always on checking things off the list, are you missing opportunities to pursue the really deep thought/huge impact opportunities available in Extension.
This weekend my family and I were discussing a “walk about” we took the day before Mother’s Day in May. We had went downtown Nebraska City only to find out that the store we were headed to wasn’t open yet. So, we strolled through several shops downtown as we bided our time. We happened to stop in a quilt shop. In that quilt shop, we were admiring a pieced quilt on display. The pieces of the quilt were exceptionally small, and we were remarking on how difficult that would have been. The owner quickly demonstrated the method that was used for piecing the quilt, and we were in awe of how simple that would make the quilt. My point….we took the road less traveled and happened upon something new that we would have never thought of before. And months later, we were still discussing it! That little stroll had made a huge impact on us….no longer were we thinking about how not to reinvent the wheel (traditional methods of piecing a quilt, and how difficult that technique would be)…instead we were thinking about how we could apply that new technique to lots of non-quilting related projects. We even discussed how a related technique could be applied to the production of resistors. 🙂
Perhaps it’s just human nature to want to follow the familiar, the well memorized method of getting somewhere/finishing some project…but I would challenge us all to rethink that, and just once in a while choose the “road not taken”. If you are not familiar with Robert Frost’s poetry, you can read the poem I’m citing….https://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html . Think about how this applies to the work that we do in Extension. Are we always choosing to “not reinvent the wheel” or are we actively seeking out creative solutions to our problems…seeking out new paths that might reveal even better solutions or opportunities for partnerships to grow Nebraska Extension. We don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel….but how many innovative new concepts have been applied to the vehicles we drive in the last 10 years?
I think for me, the choice of whether to “not reinvent the wheel” or follow the “road not taken” hinges around whether I perceive the work to be important to my professional goals. If I’m just trying to purchase something, or get somewhere….sure…chose not to reinvent the wheel….but if I’m doing something really deep and meaningful to my professional long term goals or thinking about how to do something so that it makes a bigger positive impact on the life of someone else, I need to spend a little time on the road less traveled.
I hope that this summer each of you spends a little time on the road less traveled. 🙂
What is Next Gen Extension?
Been hearing about some interesting PD Next Gen Extension is offering or recently read something unique and beneficial on the Next Gen blog? Been simply wondering what the Next Gen Extension Interest group is and does? This Zoom session discussed the who, what, why, where and how of Next Gen Interest Group. In addition, a review of the background on how the group got started, what has been accomplished and where we are going from here.
If you missed this webinar, you may watch the recording https://youtu.be/rV2Fx8gTlhQ . Ashley Benes served as the clinician.
Leah Gremm recently told me that she likes to challenge herself to learn one new word each day….whether that is a new English word, or in another language….she thinks it’s fun to throw these words into a workshop with her youth to broaden their understanding of their culture and other cultures. …So Leah…this post is for you!
This morning I was working on an online course that I’m enrolled in. I’m enrolled in the course for probably the same reason Leah learns new words…sometimes I take random online courses just to continue to challenge myself to learn new things. Today I learned about the German word einstellung. Einstellung directly translates to mean mindset. But a deeper meaning of the word is when a group or individual has such a deep knowledge in one particular area that they no longer can see alternative solutions to a problem…instead they just keep solving things the same way they have always solved a particular problem. Sound familiar? 🙂
Several years ago Chuck reorganized us around Issue Teams in the hope that we would create multidisciplinary teams that could look at a specific problem from multiple different facets and actually solve the problem by addressing it from the multiple different viewpoints….he was trying to get us out of a too defined einstellung!
Today I challenge everyone of us to avoid einstellung and look at a problem from a different view….like a photographer that captures an everyday item from a completely different angle, it just makes life so much more interesting!