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Learning & Development: Working online, racial understanding, Connect Extension, Big Dig Day and more

Find ANR webinar announcements and archived recordings here.

Call for WebANR

Do you have a WebANR Cafe Thursday topic and presenter to recommend for our Third Thursday Cafe' WebANRs? Or do you have a topic that you would like to present? WebANR topics are based on the areas of Extension Delivery, Building Support, and Office & Team Management. Our targeted audience members are ANR advisors, community educators and others. Your feedback will be reviewed by leadership and we will let you know at a future date if added to the WebANR planning process. Please share your recommendations here.

IGIS expands online office hours

Informatics and GIS is expanding its online office hours from 1 hour a week to 4 hours. The IGIS  team offers advice for a range of technical and data analysis topics. They are also introducing consultations on statistical programming language R. For details, see the announcement on their blog.

Extension Response to COVID-19 & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online

The purpose of this website is to provide a means through which Extension educators and administrators can share with their Cooperative Extension colleagues various resources and guides about teaching and working virtually, and provide a listing of current institutional responses to COVID-19. The current list of resources is just a beginning; it needs your additional contributions and expertise. As indicated by the note just below the search box on the right, you are encouraged to share other resources with us by sending an email to

Registration or SAVE THE DATES:
Coming Together for Racial Understanding Workshop

This workshop is scheduled to take place TBD in July 2020.
Apply to attend by April 3, 2020.

Here is an opportunity to engage in democratic dialogues that address racism and inequities and learn how to engage your community in those dialogues. This workshop is not meant to be an end to your thoughts and feelings about historical or present-day racism and inequities nor is it meant to be a single experience of addressing internalized, interpersonal, institutional, structural and systematic racism and inequities. Rather, the workshop aims to serve as part of your process in addressing the power of language, our commitment to inclusion, our understanding of past and present policies and practices of inequality and how to begin the work of dismantling racism and inequities within UC ANR and within our communities. The workshop will be capped at 20 people.

Connect Extension:
A Hub For Learning, Professional Development and Collaboration
Register here for your free account.

The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce a new platform for all Cooperative Extension professionals, Connect Extension. Connect Extension provides an interactive social space designed for this specific community of educators and professionals.

All Cooperative Extension professionals can access our national calendar to share webinars and events systemwide and with the public. eXtension members can access their member benefits in Connect Extension made possible through our Impact Collaborative program. Register here for your free account.

eXtension Social Café
Every Thursday from March 26 - April 30
10 a.m.–11 a.m. 

Available to all Cooperative Extension professionals

The eXtension Social Café will provide a weekly opportunity for informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. Each Social Café will open with a 5-15 minute “tutorial” of a tool or feature on commonly used social platforms, or a brief showcase of a Cooperative Extension employee who is using digital communications in innovative and effective ways. The remainder of the time will be devoted to sharing, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., Technology in Extension Education Fellow and UC ANR advisor emeritus. To participate, please create your Connect Extension account. This event is listed on the main calendar.

April 2020 Virtual Impact Collaborative Summit
April 28 - 29
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Online
Who can attend? eXtension member institutions
Deadline to register: April 15, 2020 Register Here

As you know, COVID-19 has created challenges across Cooperative Extension and across the nation. As a result of a survey conducted across the system last week, eXtension is currently focused on serving Cooperative Extension in two primary areas in response to COVID-19:

1. Providing resources, professional development, and learning opportunities around working virtually. Using our technology platforms and tools, we've launched a resource site at available to the entire Land-Grant University system with new content being added every day from all across Cooperative Extension. Additionally, we have launched a new platform, Connect Extension, available to the entire system. Within the platform, eXtension members have exclusive access to professional development, learning opportunities, and opportunities for collaboration.

2. Co-creating solutions for delivering Extension programs virtually.

Our network of key informants from in and out of Cooperative Extension will be ready to help accelerate finding solutions to the challenges of delivering Extension programs virtually.

April ANR Webinars

SiteBuilder 201: Functionality, Navigation, and Basic Web Design
Monday, April 6, 2020
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Join Ricky Satomi for an informal webinar on SiteBuilder. He will be using examples from the ANR Forestry web pages. Topics likely to be covered: Page hierarchy, asset management, page Management, calendar sharing, color wheel use, content management, adding a table, permalink set-up website readability Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Shooting videos with your iPhone
April 8, 2020
11:30 a.m.-noon

Ricardo Vela will lead us in this presentation where we will learn about basic composition, and lighting and best practices on how to use the iPhone as a video recording device. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Big Dig Day: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Campaign
April 14, 2020
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

#DigDeep and learn how to use the campaign materials to create a successful 24 hour social media fundraising campaign to support your program! Presentation host is Emily Delk. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Budget Basics and Calculator
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to develop a proposal budget. Topics covered include: cost components that make up a budget, applicable cost principles, budgeting techniques and practices, calculating F&A costs, and budgeting tools and resources. | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Finding Happiness
April 20, 2020
10:00-10:45 a.m.

Join Surendra Dara in how to find happiness inside and around us. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Cost Sharing
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Cost sharing or matching funds is the portion of project expenses provided by UC and not paid by the sponsoring agency. Tune in to learn more about when its acceptable to commit cost share on a proposal, required approvals, and tracking cost share after the award has been made. With Kathy Nolan, ANR Office of Contracts and Grants Zoom access: | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Zoom Training
Find live Zoom training and tutorials

3 Keys to Culture Continuity in the Workplace during COVID-19 TerryBerry

Does it feel like the world is changing every hour? More than ever, we are looking for hope, reassurance and as much stability as possible. 

As we all adjust to this uncertain environment, focusing on communication, community and commitment will help us get through it together, and be stronger on the other side.

Check out Terryberry's blog post to

  • Maintain your workplace community
  • Demonstrate commitment to your people
  • Keep the lines of communication open

Let's all focus on communication, community and commitment to help us get through it together, and be more connected the other side.

Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work (LinkedIn Learning)
New to working from home? These courses provide work/life hacks that can help you create a productive remote work environment, optimize your schedule for peak productivity (including meaningful breaks to help you avoid burnout), and show up the way you want to on video conference calls: 

  1. Working Remotely – 1 hr
  2. Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 min
  3. Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 min
  4. Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls –  34 min


Everyone can learn something new.

ANR Learning & Development
Office: 530.750.1239




Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:31 PM

We're in this together - wellness through times of change

Our mission supports all Californians. That includes all of us at UC ANR. The current health crisis calls us to be intentional about self-care even as we also care for others, such children and extended family. All the while, we are balancing a new way of working so we can continue to support California's healthy families and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments.

It doesn't matter whether you're an office assistant, advisor, field worker, human resource partner, vice provost, staff research associate or community educator. All of us support the work of our mission.

Connection is important. Hold check-ins with your colleagues or team; set up calls via phone or Zoom. Remember that each of us responds differently to hardship. Those who feel upbeat and have fewer burdens to tackle can connect with colleagues who may have more home responsibilities or are experiencing anxiety.

There are many areas of care – physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental. These times call upon us to come together as a community and lift each other up. Please share in the comment section ideas to keep us resilient through COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving information that will help people manage.

For now, here is a brief list of resources:

Well and Working
Wellness Activity Library (UC Davis)
Guidance for Telecommuters (UC ANR) (see computer ergonomics at home, too)
Ergonomic Tips for Telecommuters (UC Davis)
Basic Ergonomic Exercise (YouTube)
Leading Through Crisis (UC Berkeley Haas)

Home Learning for Kids

Check your local county 4-H website for educational resources for youth.
California 4-H recommended curriculum
California 4-H Project Sheets
UCCE Santa Clara County's Online Learning Participation
4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide 30 fun, skill-building activities to help kids live a healthy life.
How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Crisis with Free Resources
 Today Show
Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world
PBS offers free access to activities for kids and parenting information
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (nonprofit) offers free resources for interactive online learning
Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade)
Work on Life Skills for Children Ages 2-18, you know, that stuff you always think you should teach your child before they grow up and move away?
Ways to support kids during the Corona Virus Crisis (

Family and Community Health

Taking Care of Elders

Taking Care of Elderly Family Members or Neighbors Washington Post
Guidance Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding for COVID-19 (CDC)
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products (
Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? (Penn State)
Coronavirus Disease Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers John A Hartford Foundation
How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus NYT

Coping Through Stress
Finding your productive mindset LinkedIn Learning
Coping with Stress Brought on by COVID-19 (UC Davis Human Resources)
Insight Timer The largest free library of guided meditations
Calming Music (Youtube) 
Coronavirus Anxiety – (Nanak Naam – Youtube)
What you are experiencing is grief (Harvard Business Review)

ANR Zoomercise
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:30 – 1 pm
Join UC Riverside/UC Bernadino Counties employees Christina Davidson and Michele Byrnes who are offering Zoomercise sessions! Exercise can be done in a small space and modified. Let Christina or Michele know if you want to lead a session. Plug in @ Meeting ID: 239 765 343 | Password: 940529

Crowd-sourced Wellness Ideas from All-hands Meeting - March 20
During our ANR all-hands meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2020, many of you helped crowd-source things you were implementing to care for yourselves, others, and your larger communities. Here are some ways you are finding solutions to your new circumstances:

How are you practicing personal wellness?

How are you managing children at home?

How are you supporting extended family and local community

Work out in living room every morning

Cooking! Lots of cooking


Daily walks in nature

Go for walks in the desert

Letting the chickens run around in the yard


Reflecting that I can only control my own actions and reactions

Walks with my partner, using iNaturalist to document life

Multiple daily walks with children and dog.

Focusing my thoughts on love and service

Picking up trash around the neighborhood


Stationary bike

Daily walks, yoga and Zumba in the living room

Enjoying time with family

Working in the garden


Being kind to myself and forgiving myself when I am not the perfect parent

Wall ball!

Roof ball (or rather, watching my son play this. He loves it)

Playing board games with kids

They are fending for themselves; I think.

Gardening, learning about food preservation, practicing reading, learning how to be a homeschool teacher

Practicing youth curriculum with my kids. as well as educational

Baseball in the back yard; lots of this Harry Potter board game

Communicating the importance of my work time

Keeping them busy outside.

Trying to give them attention and projects they can do by themselves while sneaking in some work.

Working later in evening when kids are in bed

Keeping a schedule

Laughing and dancing

Having a visual poster schedule for school assignments




Lots of texts and phone calls

Family WhatsApp call everyday

Staying in VERY close contact and making sure they are separating fact from fiction

Texting and checking in with loved ones

Call them daily

Encouraging older relatives to stay home


Grocery shopping for them; encouraging them to take this all seriously

Found places my older parents could safely shop

Calling and texting to make sure they have what they need

Family group chat, sharing jokes and memes









Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Tags: Jodi Azulai (29), March 2020 (20), wellness (1)

Working from home gives us furry officemates

Lorna Krkich's Kitty Bubka demonstrates social distancing from neighbor Brewer.

As we shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us find ourselves sharing workspace with our pets. Some ANR colleagues have posted photos of their four-legged coworkers on social media. We could all use some softer news with images of cute animals.

If you would like to share a photo of your pet, please email it to along with your pet's name and temporary job title. Pets need not be furry, we welcome diversity.

Here are some pics of ANR's work-from-home support staff:

Niamh Quinn's assistant Jake solves urban human conflicts.
Larry Bettiga gets some laptop help from his lap dog.
Brook Gamble's CalNat home team.
Dan Macon sheepdog drives the ATV.
Rachel Surls' urban ag partner demonstrates self-isolation.
Ryan Cleland's office mate shows him how to stretch.
Katie Johnson shares her home office with her kids.
Michelle Hammer Coffer's assistants are ready to serve.
Jeannette Warnert's office mate Bobcat
Ryan Tompkin's forestry research assistant.
Rose Hayden-Smith has a diverse home office staff.
Pam Kan-Rice's home office boss Chairman Meow Meow wears a tuxedo.
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 3:50 PM
Tags: coronavirus (2), March 2020 (20)

Speaker Rendon gets update on UCCE in his district

From left, Keith Nathaniel and Dohee Kim briefed Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on how LA County residents benefit from UCCE programs.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon met with UCCE Los Angeles director Keith Nathaniel and communicator Dohee Kim on March 13. Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in Southern California, which includes nine cities southeast of Los Angeles.

Armed with UC Cooperative Extension's annual report for Los Angeles County as well as spreadsheet data, maps and photos depicting program activities in his district, Nathaniel and Kim described the different kinds of programs that are available to Rendon's constituents, providing concrete examples.

They also talked about UC ANR's presence in the state of California. This information allowed Speaker Rendon to consider possible collaborations with UC Cooperative Extension to better serve and represent his communities.

“It was a wonderful and productive meeting at his district office in Lakewood,” Kim said. “We are pleased to report that Speaker Rendon was familiar with UC ANR and UC Cooperative Extension before the meeting.” 


Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:01 PM
Tags: Dohee Kim (1), Keith Nathaniel (6), March 2020 (20)

PSU can help with setting up and managing Zoom workshops

UC IPM hosts "UC Ag Experts Talk” webinars via Zoom. If you would like help with a Zoom event, contact the Program Support Unit.

Are you planning on hosting a Zoom workshop? ANR's Program Support Unit (PSU) staff are ready to help you with registration, management, recording and posting of your online events. Email your event details to or contact Sherry Cooper at (530) 750-1256. 

UC ANR Zoom - This website to contains instructions on getting started with Zoom, including hardware you may need.

Zoom training resources -  Zoom's support center offers live training webinars as well as video tutorials.

More tips on how to host an effective virtual workshop or meeting via Zoom are currently being developed and will be posted soon.


Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:54 PM
Tags: March 2020 (20), Program Support Unit (2), Zoom (3)

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