Leadership in the City
Professional Development Program
Leadership in the City is a professional development program for Extension professionals working in urban areas who aim to be locally relevant, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally. The online curriculum builds upon existing leadership experiences, management training, and Extension professional development. Leadership in the City topics include 1) entrepreneurial leadership; 2) entrepreneurial environments; 3) innovation and marketing; 4) networking and inclusive engagement; and 5) entrepreneurial management. The blended learning format combines asynchronous (from your location, on your schedule) and synchronous (scheduled video conferences) and occurs over six months so you can balance your day-to-day schedule with professional development.
Throughout the course, you will engage in projects/assignments, collaborative online learning, and application. Additional individual learner support can be scheduled as needed.
- Pre-recorded videos (15 minutes) for independent learning.
- Coffee Shop 1-hour video conference with participant-led dialogue typically the second Friday of the month 12-1 p.m. (ET).
- Assignments are typically due the third Friday of each month and office hours are available.
- Leadership in Action 2-hour video conference with Q&A format guest speakers and situation room activities are typically the last Friday from 12-2 p.m. (ET).
- Opportunity to present a final capstone presentation to the class.
- Registration will open (click here) on February 6 for the 2023-24 course.
- If you need to pay by check or have multiple from the same organization registering, reach out to Michelle Gaston.email@example.com for special registration information.
- $500 professional development investment
- Registration deadline for the 2023-24 course is November 1, 2023, but it will close when the 24-participant limit is reached.
- Cancellations can be refunded through the registration deadline less a $50 processing fee.
Areas of Focus:
|Leadership in the City||Schedule|
|Course Opens: Introduction and entrepreneurial learning||December|
|I. Entrepreneurial Leadership||January|
|Your personal context as a leader in the city|
|II. Entrepreneurial Environments||February|
|Leadership in urban communities & university Extension contexts|
|III. Entrepreneurial Innovation & Marketing||March|
| Program, project & product development
Communications with internal & external stakeholders
|IV. Entrepreneurial Networking & Inclusive Engagement||April|
|Partner collaboration plus diversity, equity & inclusion|
|V. Entrepreneurial Management plus Recap, Reflection & Celebration||May|
| Management of projects, people & self
Capstone presentation, recap, reflection & in-person celebration at the National Urban Extension Conference
Methods: Learn from content experts, apply what you learn in your city, participate in the online interactive learning. Each competency-based module incorporates interactive digital delivery and the flipped classroom model for active learning and engagement through:
|6 Pre-recorded videos and supplemental multimedia resources|
|10 Assignments (for you and your organization)|
|5 Leadership in Action sessions (2 hours each) via video conference|
|6 Months of collaborative online learning|
|5 Coffee Shops via video conference with participant-led dialogue|
|Application through continual learning, reflection, coaching, mentoring, self-paced modules, and more
Opportunities to meet 1:1 with course instructor
Digital Badge: By completing requirements noted on the Participant Checklist, participants can earn a digitial badge. Digital badges assess and validate learning, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued (MacArthur Foundation). Digital badges can recognize essential competencies for university Extension professionals working in urban communities.
FAQ: Link to Leadership in the City FAQ
Monthly Schedule: Link to a monthly schedule
Additional Details: Downloadable/Printable Flier
Investment: $500 plus a commitment to work hard and have fun investing approximately 8 hours per month during the 6-month course.
Approval Letter: Letter for Supervisor
Testimony: In the first five offerings of the program, 127 Extension professionals from 31 states participated in Leadership in the City, including diverse perspectives from 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. Here is what your peers had to say.
Course management: Course instructor: Ramona Madhosingh-Hector, Regional Specialized Agent, Urban Sustainability, University of Florida, IFAS Extension. Course advisor: Julie Fox, Director – Urban Engagement, Ohio State University Extension. Course manager: Michelle Gaston. This course was originally developed by Ohio State University Extension.
This course is offered through Ohio State University Extension and University of Florida/IFAS Extension. CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu.