The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension has many new agent, educator and specialist staff, many of whom have not worked for Extension in the past. Further, while most staff are experts in their technical fields, many have limited knowledge in the principles of adult education, particularly on how farmers learn.
Coordinated by the University of Delaware state SARE coordinator, this two-year project will pair newly-hired Extension professionals with experienced educators to help foster and promote professional development of new Extension personnel. Mentoring guidelines will be developed to support mentor pairs in keeping connected, communicating, and providing mutual support.
In addition, a series of workshops with invited experts will support project participants by providing training about Extension education methods, approaches and principles of adult education.
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