Resources for Urban Extension Staff

Each of the resources included within this tool has been curated by the developers of the eXtension Foundation eFieldbooks. These resources fit the following criteria for posting:

  • Materials were relevant to the training required to plan, develop, and maintain eFieldbooks, as well as informative and useful.
  • Materials were easily accessible in some type of online format

Resources are listed using “cards” with a title and short description. Click on a resource name at the top of a card to see the full description of the resource. Each of the featured resources is further described using characteristics of interest to program developers.  Use these characteristics to locate resources of particular interest and filter the lists using the options available in the side bar.

A National Framework for Urban Extension – A Report from the National Urban Extension Leaders

Through an assessment of national trends and a review of Extension literature, NUEL leadership identified three primary shifts influencing Extension’s work in urban...

America’s Changing Urban Landscape: Positioning Extension for Success

Ruemenapp, M. (2017). America’s Changing Urban Landscape: Positioning Extension for Success. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5, no 2).

Big-City Imperative: Agenda for Action

With the majority of the country’s population, Extension needs to find its voice in order to be sustainable. This article will give insight...

CFD: Competency Framework Development

This document details a method for Competency Framework Development (CFD) for instruction related to a job or job function (called a “job” in...

Climate Literate Extension Professional Competency Framework

This competency framework was developed by the Climate Literacy Project at Extension using the Impact Collaborative’s Competency Framework Development (CFD) process. The framework...

Community-Based Green Infrastructure, A Rutgers Cooperative Extension Urban Extension Initiative

Obropta, C. (2017). Community-Based Green Infrastructure, A Rutgers Cooperative Extension Urban Extension Initiative. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5,...

Competency and Skills System (CASS)

CASS provides a robust common language and translation method for competencies, evidence of attainment, and associated resources.

Cooperative Extension: Experiments in Community

Rourke, B., and A. Diebel (2018). "Cooperative Extension: Experiments in Community," Connections: An Annual Journal of the Kettering Foundation, pp.19-24.

Creating Inclusive Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ Communities

It is vital for youth to experience inclusive programming that is welcoming. Extension has a responsibility and an obligation to provide youth with...

Define. Distill. Deploy. Adopting 21st-century competencies for high-impact talent

Job descriptions should come stamped with expiration dates. Given the speed of business, any standard list of duties and responsibilities will go stale...

Essential Competencies and Innovative Practices for Urban and Latino Engagement

Essential Competencies and Innovative Practices for Urban and Latino Engagement

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

The results of the study indicate potential retention issues for county Extension agents working in our most rural (under 10,000) and most...

Expanding Into the Urban Arena

Most state conservation agencies don’t have the resources, facilities, or networking capabilities of Extension to transfer wildlife information to these large, geographically separated...

Exploring the Challenges for Extension Educators Working in Urban Communities

This article provides Extension educators with a practical template of ideas and concepts to remember when working with urban audiences and communities. As...

Extension in the City: Meeting the Challenges of Scale

Tiffany, J. (2017). Extension in the City: Meeting the Challenges of Scale. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5, no 2).

Extension in the Urban West

This paper outlines the elements required for Extension to be successful at programming in urban areas, including the underlying problems that need to...

Framework for Programming in Michigan’s Cities and Metropolitan Regions

The ultimate aim of the information and recommendations presented in this framework is to promote innovative and creative MSU Extension programming and operations...

Involving Extension in Urban Food Systems: An Example from California

Diekmann, L. (2017). Involving Extension in Urban Food Systems: An Example from California. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5, no 2).

Is Extension Relevant for the 21st Century?

As a 90-year-old artifact of the days when an agrarian economy dominated society, is it possible for Extension to still be relevant? As...

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension – Special Issue: Urban Extension

This special issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extensionfocuses on urban Extension, offering a comprehensive series of articles from experts who...

Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals

When it comes to the task of making democracy work as it should in everyday ways and places, professionals who are employed by...

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...

Kentucky’s Urban Extension Focus

Key recommendations for Extension system: County Coordinators are needed in Kentucky's largest counties (currently not a common practice). All other counties need a designated agent...

Kentucky’s Urban Extension Forum

Defining the success of Urban Extension units is sometimes elusive. Very limited work has been done to identify what makes certain units successful...

Korn Ferry Leadership Architect: KFLA

Korn Ferry has launched a new Global Competency Framework, a merger of Lominger International, PDI Ninth House and Global Novations. Continuing the pedigree,...

Management Skills of County Extension Administrators: Are They Sufficient to Do the Job?

Do county Extension administrators possess the management skills to be successful in their role? This study examined 127 county Extension administrators from 22...

National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals

NAEPSDP provides an organized forum for advancing the continuous improvement of Extension professionals working in the areas of program, staff, and organizational development...

Navigating Difference: Development and Implementation of a Successful Cultural Competency Training for Extension and Outreach Professionals

As our world becomes more interconnected on international, domestic, and personal levels, our need to be more culturally competent increases (Samovar, Porter, &...

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

The mission of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is to strengthen the social sector with a talented and prepared workforce. The Certified Nonprofit Professional...

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Challenges to Working in an Urban Context

From February through April 2017, Kristin Feierabend, Area Agent for Urban Programs, spoke with Extension staff in urban counties across the state to...

NUEL Professional Development Survey Results

This is a downloadable excel file.

NUEL Urban County Extension Director Competencies

To better understand what it really takes to serve as an Extension leader in urban or metropolitan designated areas, a competency study was...

Opportunities for Professional Development in the City

The urban context of diversity, complexity, and scale require Extension professionals, with diverse backgrounds, to develop unique competencies that build upon those addressed...

Staffing Extension for the 21st Century

Future Extension staffing patterns should reflect the difference between clients’ needs for information versus education…As Extension’s viability increasingly depends on program accountability and...

Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030....

Tampa Bay Extension Agents’ Views of Urban Extension: Philosophy and Program Strategies

Harder, A. (2017). Tampa Bay Extension Agents’ Views of Urban Extension: Philosophy and Program Strategies. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5,...

The National Urban Extension Leaders’ (NUEL) Implementation Plan

The 2015 National Framework of Urban Extension was a “Call to Action,” which outlined six objectives for a National Urban Extension Initiative. In...

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...

University of Florida IFAS Extension – Strategic Plan for Extension in Metropolitan Regions

Strategic Plan for Extension in Metropolitan Regions

Urban Communities Reimagined – A Kettering Foundation Project

This is an unpublished report, available from the Kettering Foundation upon request.

Urban Extension – Reflections on the Past – A Look to the Future.

It is clear that a cookie-cutter approach to what has been sufficient in rural communities will not suffice in urban counties. ...

Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers

Since its inception over a century ago, Extension has fulfilled its mission of “taking knowledge gained through research and education and bringing it...

Using Film to Create Sustainable Community Connections

Although it may seem simple, one of the biggest challenges in creating change is simply getting the conversation started. Film offers a visually...

Using Permeable Pavement for Sidewalks Saves Trees: Does Public Opinion Matter?

Additional team members on this project: Mike Kuhns mike.kuhns@usu.edu Lauren Dupey lndupey@aggiemail.usu.edu Darren McAvoy darren.mcavoy@usu.edu

What Every Extension Worker Should Know – Core Competency Handbook –

This handbook is designed as a reference manual for front-line extension staff to use in their day-to-day work. It offers a set of...

What is Unique About Extension Personnel in the City?

Fox, J. (2017). What is Unique About Extension Personnel in the City? Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, (vol 5, no 2).

Why Urban Matters to Our Future Success

NUEL’s Contribution • Provides a platform for regional collaboration • Provides a national network to share research results and...