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Showing posts from October, 2014

Pinterest for Parent Education

Brianna Routh kindled an interest in Pinterest last summer that continues to burn.

Our former Building Healthy and Strong Families Extension educator started an account on the Pinterest social content discovery and curation website in August 2013. She won an NEAFCS social networking award in 2014 for this FD Pinterest account.

Meanwhile, Brianna approached CYFC Coordinator Sara Langworthy and I about writing an article based on her work. We submitted an "Ideas at Work" manuscript to Journal of Extension (JOE) this July, and received a quick turnaround. The reviewer recommended that the article "be fast tracked for publication -- this is cutting edge and shouldn't have to wait for months to be published!"

New Employees

Welcome to our new employees!
Christopher Strand, SNAP-Ed educator, St. Louis County-North, 9/16/2014Abdulahi Dohe, SNAP-Ed educator (Somali language), Kandiyohi County, 9/19/2014Jackie Larson, SNAP-Ed educator, Otter Tail County-West, 10/6/2014Mira Friedlander, AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer — Cooking Matters® Minnesota, Ramsey County, 10/16/14

'This is not the end, it is merely the beginning'

By Trish Olson, Interim Associate Dean — Extension Center for Family Development

I recently read an insightful commentary about the two 2014 Nobel Prize winners working for the welfare of children: Malala Yousafzai, 17, of Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi, 60, of India. I was naturally drawn to the piece because it's about inspiring people making tremendous sacrifices for the sake of children. But I was also intrigued because the authors are two U of M graduate students* who are also from Pakistan and India. I encourage you to read the entire commentary, in which the authors offer their perspective on the importance of the Nobel Prize going to leaders from their home countries.


By Trish Olson, Interim Associate Dean

At the Extension Program Conference last week, I attended a session about storytelling as a tool for evaluation by Dr. Richard Krueger. He told us about a study that predicted the characteristics of a successful Extension educator. Was it content expertise? Was it their ability to explain complex research to lay practitioners?