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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 16:37

 
 
Helping interpreters connect people with powerful places and each other.
NPS Interpretive Development Program
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Katie's naked mole rat impression at the National ZooLights this past winter.
Audience Centered Movement
Wow, it has been a productive season for our team! After the ILBS training for Chiefs last year, we took some time to examine and expand on our facilitated dialogue curriculum. To better meet front-line needs, this winter we launched a series of Audience Centered Interpretation classes here at Mather; produced a workbook, lesson plans, handouts, and materials; and now have that all uploaded on the Common Learning Portal for you! Enjoy, engage, revamp, remix and reshare. Make this movement yours!
 
-Katie  
Links are only accessible on the DOI network at this time.
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Be an ACE - 
Download & Share the 
All-New ACE Workbook
The Audience Centered Experience (ACE) approach to interpretation allows parks to become places where visitors can not only learn and enjoy, but also gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, global awareness and scientific literacy.  This nifty new workbook takes you through the basics of ACE interpretation and helps you build yourfirst ACE interpretive experience!
Trouble accessing the Common Learning Portal? 
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Lead your team with
The ACE Trainer's Toolkit
Have a group of budding ACEes you're helping along the path to full Audience Centered Interpretation? Our ACE Trainer's Toolkit is packed with lesson plans are tailor-made to mix and match. They can be incorporated into your existing seasonal training as-is or used as the basis for making your own ACE-centered training offerings.
Looking for Feedback__Head over to the Interpretation and Education Peer Feedback Community_ _where you can get feedback_ give feedback and make amazing interpretation come to life_
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Foundations of Interpretation - Version 2018
We're starting to think about where the new foundations of interpretation needs revision. Some of the ideas are great; some might need a tweak. We'd love you to join the conversation. Head to the pages for the competency in the CLP to add comments & suggestions.
Become a Peer Collaboration
September 11-15

Want to take your participation in the Audience Centered revolution to the next level? Become a Peer Collaborator! Peer Collaborators help to run our peer feedback community and finalize the Foundations of Interpretation for the coming year each September, and we want your voices! 

NAI - National Association for Interpretation
NAI wants to hear from YOU!
 
After nearly 20 years of continuing excellence, our friends at the National Association for Interpretation are evolving as well! They're working to define new interpretive standards and they would love your help. They are trying to brainstorm what makes an interpreter effective. Make sure your thoughts and ideas are represented!  Find out more on the upcoming focus groups.
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 19:35

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Forging Connections through 
Audience-Centered Experiences
 

Looking for the foundations of 21st Century Interpretation? Our "Audience Centered Experiences" course helps front-line interpreter's navigate their role as facilitators & audience collaboration. 

 
By asking thoughtful questions around issues critical to American culture, interpreters can be catalysts to engage citizenry in new and exciting ways. This course primes interpreters to incorporate audience-centered techniques into new and existing park programming and products.
 
 
Scholarships Now Available!
 
Limited travel scholarships are available for National Park Service staff. These scholarships will be awarded on a needs basis - the maximum amount awarded will be $500. The intent is to help parks augment their own monetary investment in employee development.
 
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 19:59

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Tools for the Future... Today!
Interpretation has been shifting and changing around us - and our foundations have been shifting to keep up! We're proud to debut the 2017 version of the "Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation" - the bedrock of our craft.

Built by a dedicated group of field practitioners, this new description of our evolving work is vibrant and exciting.

Check out the latest explanation of what we do and join in the conversation in the new NPS Common Learning Portal.

Download the Document
Visit the Commons
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The Chief & Bridger's 
Excellent Adventure
 
This Friday, October 7th, Tom Medema departs Yosemite after 15 years. He and his dog Bridger are taking the journey east, visiting with interpreters, educators, volunteers, and others along the way. He'll visit 25 parks in 10 days to gather insight, ideas, and inspiration for Tom's new job as Chief of Interpretation, Education and Volunteers.
 
Follow Tom's Adventure:
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Audience Centered Primer!
REGISTER NOW!
 
Looking to learn the new Foundations? Join us in Harpers Ferry, WV - October 31st - November 4th for our first Forging Connections through Audience Centered Experiences class. Whether you're new to interpretation or an old pro, this all-new residential course will help you build a strong foundation and create bold, exciting experiences for our visitors.
 
REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 14th - LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE!
 
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Revamp Your EPAPs
Want to make your Employee Performance Appraisal Plans reflect the work you and your staff are really doing? Want to help your staff be betterequipped to rise through the ranks? Want to be doing the work of today and not 20 years ago?

Take a look at the new standard EPAPs developed by the Northeast Region's I&E Office. Put some pep in your EPAP and start being assessed on the modern standards of our profession!

 
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 16:31

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NEW - Even More Lesson Plans
for
Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation
(Version 2016)

Since the last update, we've had even more lesson plans pour in from the field for the revised Foundations curriculum. Here are more ideas and strategies for helping interpreters - new and returning - to try out some of these crucial new skills.

Just as the world and our visitors are evolving at a lightning pace, our standards and best practices need to keep evolving as well. Here are this year's Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation, along with some lesson plans to help you pass them on to the next generation of interpreters. These materials are all drafts and crowdsourced - experiment, pull the parts you can use, and make them even better!

Download_ Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation
Lesson Plan_ The Futures of Interpretation
Lesson Plan_ Knowledge of Self
Lesson Plan_ relevant Ideas and Essential Questions
Lesson Plan_ Engagement Techniques - How_ When_ Why_
Lesson Plan_ Planning for Diverse Audiences
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:55

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Spring trees in bloom in Harpers Ferry
"There has been an awakening..."
We know that many of you are setting off on your Centennial summer season journey, so we'll cut to the chase. We have a few useful tools and experiences that your peers have helped develop which might help you prime your new crop of interpreters and to energize our returning employees.
Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation
(Version 2016)

Just as the world and our visitors are evolving at a lightning pace, our standards and best practices need to keep evolving as well. Here are this year's Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation, along with some lesson plans to help you pass them on to the next generation of interpreters. These materials are all drafts and crowdsourced - experiment, pull the parts you can use, and make them even better! 
 
Download Foundations of 21st Century Interpretation _V. 2016_
Lesson Plan_ Engagement Techniques - How_ When_ Why_
Lesson Plan_ Planning for Diverse Audiences
Lesson Plan_ Relevant Ideas and Essential Questions
Interpretation for Our Second Century Webinar
Contribute to the New Foundations of Interpretation

This webinar will introduce the newly revised Foundations of Interpretation and provide you with an opportunity to contribute to these evolving standards. You will explore the "what" and "why" of 21stcentury interpretation and the overarching focus on audience-centered experiences. In discussions with your colleagues, you will consider how the new Foundations can revitalize your work, and you will be tasked to identify one new skill or strategy to implement in the coming season at your park. You will also be challenged to stay engaged with the on-going professional conversation about the evolving nature of our work.
 
Register for April 27
Becoming an "ACE"

Audience-Centered Experience

Our visitors are faced with daunting challenges in their daily lives. The parks and special places we have are not the answer. They are the right questions. How can your audiences not only participate in interpretation, but actively shape and create it? How can we make places where visitors help each other find amazing meaning in the resource and each other? Check out a current IDP offering and help us shape the future of ACE training. 

Classes

Toolkit
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 22:17

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To Tomorrow and Beyond
Like the clean blanket of snow out my window, this year feels like a fresh start: thrilling, daunting and filled with potential. If a new year can feel like a fresh start, what does a new century feel like? Starting our centennial year, I feel the promise and the power our places hold to make a difference in our increasingly complex and demanding world. How do we do that? Through Interpretation, of course!
Not only are we starting a new year and a new century in the National Park Service, but today the Interpretive Development Program (IDP) launches its next generation. Born out of an "Interpretive (R)evolution" 20 years ago, the IDP's next iteration asks for your active engagement to prepare us for who we can be in our second century. Check out some of the offerings and askings this coming quarter.
Katie Bliss
Training Manager for Interpretation and Education
 
Interpretation for Our Second Century
New Foundations of Interpretation(Version 2016)
The world around interpreters is evolving and the work we do is evolving too. Join in a virtual debut of the New Foundations of Interpretation - an on-going discussion of the bedrock of our craft. Sign up for one of four virtual sessions:
  
Interpretation Leadership 
and Business Skills
(Intermountain and Southeast)

Twenty first-century audiences have different expectations and needs and are more diverse, urbanized, tech-savvy, and global than ever. It's urgent that employees possess skills to prioritize and leverage limited resources to serve audiences and communities.

This training for Chiefs of Interpretation and Education focuses on two top training priorities:1) Audience-centered approaches; and 2) Business Acumen. 
Register in DOILearn for one of the last two face-to-face offerings this March, OR sign up as a distance learner.
  
Register for Face-to-Face
Becoming an "ACE"

Audience-Centered Experience

Our visitors are faced with daunting challenges in their daily lives. The parks and special places we have are not the answer. They are the right questions. How can your audiences not only participate in interpretation, but actively shape and create it? How can we make places where visitors help each other find amazing meaning in the resource and each other? Check out a current IDP offering and help us shape the future of ACE training. 

  
Classes
Toolkit
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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 15:07

 
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Distance Learning
Interpretation Leadership & Business Skills
November 17, 2015
You are invited to register for The VIRTUAL Interpretation Leadership and Business Skills workshop
 
This three-day immersive experience is a mixture of webcasts, social media, directed reading, and interactive features. The sessions highlight examining the case for change, creating the audience centered mindset, becoming data driven and outcome focused, exploring your tolerance for risk- and your visitors tolerance, practicing resilience, and committing to action.
 
This distance learning opportunity coincides with the Interpretation Leadership and Business Skills workshops hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) held in five cities across the country between September 2015 and March 2016. Regional events in Philadelphia and San Francisco have already taken place and are archived on the ILBS website
https://sites.google.com/site/interpskills21/
 

By registering below for the next Distance Learning cohort, you'll be able to participate remotely via live chats, webcasts, social media streams and other activities.

 
Please share this link with staff and partners inside and outside the NPS who may have an interest in learning about what's new in visitor experience, interpretation, and education- this may include; front-line staff, superintendents, peers, staff at all levels in other NPS divisions, volunteers, concessioners, cooperating association employees, heritage area staff, and other partners.
REGISTER HERE  
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Try something new, or shed something old. Whatever you do, take risks, be bold, and see what works. Don't be afraid to experiment and embrace change.
 
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 21:05

All Aboard IDP 2.0                                                             Gray

Abby, Cidney, Tess, and Kristy at Mather Training Center in September.
Abby, Cidney, Tess, and Kristy attend Interpretation Peer Collaboration Workshop at Mather Training Center last month.*
Building on the best ideas of the Interpretive Development Program, while incorporating a stronger focus on audiences, mixed in an electronic tumbler of online data sharing and forums  -- the next generation of the Interpretive Development Program, IDP 2.0, will be born. And the best part is all of us will have a hand in its creation! For one week last month more than 30 interpreters, novice to silverbacks from across the country, sat in a classroom and debated the foundations of our evolving profession. 
 
We're off to a good start, but we have a long way to go. We need your input and want to include your voice. How can many voices, philosophies, and ideas be shared? The possibilities seem limitless through the new Common Learning Portal. 
 
The Common Learning Portal will be your online access to training events, resources, and subject matter experts, as well as a Community of Practice. Within these community forums, you will be able to share best practices, interpretive products, and other ideas with your peers from all across the agency. All will have an opportunity to "workshop" their products and hold intelligent discussions about our evolving professional standards. Everyone from seasonals to superintendents will be invited to contribute. We stand at the threshold of bold, new interpretation.
 
The Common Learning Portal will launch this winter. In the meantime, the ball is in your court. What does the agency need to carry interpretation into the 21st century? What do interpreters need? What do you think? Look for an invitation soon to add your voice.
 
*Abby Wines, District Interpreter at Death Valley National Park; Cidney Webster, Supervisory Park Ranger at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve; Tess Shatzer, Supervisory Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park; and Kristy Sholly, Chief of Interpretation Kenai Fjords National Park represent the communications committee for the Interpretive Peer Collaboration Workshop last month. They reflect here on the changes to the Interpretive Development Program (IDP).

      IDP Training Grants

We're striving to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills and we see the obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. Our IDP Training grants give interpreters an opportunity to find their own training defined by their Individual Development Plan. 
Qualye at a CIG workshop at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia, WA 
 
Quayle Chew, Facility Services Assistant of Dinosaur National
Monument attended a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) workshop in April he shares, "This Certified Interpretive Guide training was outstanding! Thank you kindly for this opportunity! I've learned so much from this training, I am excited to employ in my work whenever I'm able to help out our Interpretation team." 
 
Jen Epstein, Education Specialist of the National Mall and Memorial Parks requested funding to bring in a teacher to help map out the future of the parks education programs. "After a day touring the sites, Jesse and I discussed themes and strategies for best tackling the various content areas this park covers and planned ways to best organize teacher-friendly resources. When we talked again, we went over Jesse's guidelines for developing teacher materials that will make it easier for ranger staff to create useful lessons for teachers." 
 
To submit a grant proposal, click here

      From the IDP -- Training Opportunities

   
Self-Study: 
  • Interpreting Climate Change Self-Study Modules - Great News! The Interpreting Climate change Self-Study Modules are now available on the IDP website. These study materials are completely self-paced and self-directed. Take a look and share the link with others at your site: http://idp.eppley.org/ICC
  • Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit -
    A "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills as an interpretive facilitator, a 21st century skill set!
     
  • On-line Courses - Available at www.parktraining.org
    • Informal Visitor Contacts
    • Interpretive Talk
    • Foundations of Interpretation
    • Causes of the Civil War
    • Media Fundamentals for Interpreters
    • And many more!
Webinars:    
  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - This forum provides space for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement in an effort to build a more collaborative community that inspires open exchange of ideas among park educators.                        
    • 21 Instructional Strategies for on-site programs, lesson planning, and outreach -Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET Register Here
       
    • How to Plan and Organize for Lesson Plan Development - Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ETRegister Here
       
    • How to Create Blended Learning Opportunities for short Professional Development- December, 1, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ETRegister Here
Face-to-Face Classroom Training:
 
The first of five ILBS workshops, held in Philadelphia by the NER and NCR teams last month, was a huge success and is already making a positive impact on participants' work and the visitors' experience.
  • Interpretation Leadership and Business Skills (ILBS)

Chiefs, don't miss this opportunity -- coming to your region in FY16!

During these three-day, regionally-based training events chiefs and managers participate in site-based experiential learning, discuss how new practices can reach new audiences, gather data on their current program outputs, use planning and evaluation tools to examine their own programs and resource allocation, and begin re-prioritizing. Register in DOI Learn. Visit theILBS Google Site to learn more.  

    • Pacific West Regional Office - October 20-22, 2015 
    • Midwest Regional Office - December 2-4, 2015
    • Intermountain Region - March 15-17, 2016 - location TBD
    • Southeast Regional Office - March 29-31, 2016 
       
  • A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - In this two-day workshop, an exploration of the major efforts to rebuild the world community after WWII with a focus on Eleanor Roosevelt who redefined the role of a First Lady. 
    Women's Rights National Historical Park - Oct 19 & 20, 2015. Click here to view announcement. Click here to register.  
     
  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques  - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.  
     
    • Mount Rushmore National Park - December 7 - 11, 2015. Click here to view announcementRegister in DOI Learn 
    • Acadia National Park - January 4-8, 2016. Click here to view the announcement. Register in DOI Learn
    • Joshua Tree National Park - January 25-29, 2016 - FULL
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park - March 14-18, 2016. Click here to view the announcement. Register in DOI Learn.
    • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - April 11-15, 2016Clickhere to view the announcement. Register in DOI Learn.
    • Stephen T. Mather Training Center - June 13-16, 2016. Register in DOI Learn
Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:  
  • Interpreting Climate Change - February 9-12, 2016. This course helps interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Register in DOI Learn.
  • Managing Curriculum Based Education January 12-14, 2016. This 3-day virtual learning experience for park education program managers will focus on building a dynamic team, strategic planning, and much more. To view the announcement, click hereRegister in DOI Learn
  • Developing Curriculum Based Education - March 8-11, 2016. This 4-day virtual learning experience for education specialist will focus on development of educational programs and evaluation. To view the announcement, click hereRegister in  DOI Learn. 
 
      Media Training Needs Survey - Help Us Help You

Do you develop media products -- of any type -- for your park? For example, if you develop site bulletins, park newspapers, social media posts, waysides, mobile apps, or manage your park's media programs, this survey is for you! Please take a few moments to indicate your training needs for media skills. These survey results will be used to determine what skills and training are most needed by park employees, and will guide the development of future training opportunities and resources.
 
Click here to begin the survey!

Training Exchange

We've searched high and low for upcoming training opportunities that you just might be interested in!
  • Civil War to Civil Rights Social Conscience Gathering - Little Rock, AR - Nov 20-22, 2015- click here to learn more. 
  • Facing History and Ourselves - Online Course - Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement - Oct 15 - Dec 2, 2015 - click here to learn more.
  • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide Courses - various locations - click here to learn more.
  • WASO Leadership Development Group - various locations - click here to learn more. 
  • Air Resources in National Parks - Self-Study - click here to learn more.
    Click here to download Air Resources flyer
  • Interdisciplinary Resource Protection and Law - San Antonio, TX - click here to learn more. 
  • edWeb.net - free on-line webinars - click here to  view edWeb Webinar Calendar. 
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  • Service First Innovation Fund - Service First is a partnership authority available to all agencies of the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of the Interior - deadline October 16, 2015. Click here to learn more. 
  • Climate Change Internship RFP - A 12-week paid internship to be conducted by a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program - deadline October 30, 2015. Clickhere to learn more. 
  • Albright Wirth Grants - The Horace M. Albright-Conrad L. Wirth Grant Program is a developmental opportunity that annually awards funding for personal and career development projects to NPS employees - deadline October 8, 2015. Click here to learn more. 

I interpret with my AUDIENCE.
 I believe in MEANINGS.
 I foster DIVERSITY.
  
Sound like you? Join the IDP community for thought-provoking news, conversations, and training about relevancy and meaning making in parks.  
 
 

 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 18:47

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To get ready for new audiences, first you gotta find your (s)park.

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The Interpretive Development Team joined partners from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience to "Hack the Museum" of Natural History in New York City. This innovative tour company helps make old stuff exciting to new audiences.Special thanks to the NERO

 

Are you ready to have "Every Kid in a Park"? 

 

What happens when new audiences "Find Your Park"?

 

Our Centennial year is right around the corner, and with it comes a bright spotlight. What will that light reveal to the public? What will it reveal to us about ourselves?

 

As we prepare for this huge public relations opportunity, reflection and introspection feel like luxuries. Perhaps they are, but if we don't answer a few key questions, our new audiences may not find the connections they seek. So I hope you can take some time to ponder:

  • Who do we want to be in our second century?
  • How can parks make our society better, wiser, healthier, happier?
  • And lastly, how can we be better agents to realize the vast potential of parks?

To answer those questions for ourselves, our IDP team has been on an odyssey this spring, exploring new ways to reach new audiences - to help you prepare for the change we want to be. Check out our training grants and upcoming opportunities and discover how you can find your (s)park.

 

Sincerely,  

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager for Interpretation and Education

IDP Training Grants

Michael Liang a Visual Information Specialist at Santa Monica Mountains NRA at HOW Design Liveconference in May. Here Michael is participating in a speed-networking event between buyers and sellers. 
We all know that summer begins the busy season for most interpreters; with on-site seasonal training and increased visitation it may be difficult to imagine taking time for your own development. An IDP Training Grant might be just right for you. Take part in professional development opportunities that are flexible and authentic.
 
Click here to see what others are doing to address key areas defined by the results from last year's Interpretation and Education Training Needs Assessment. Or find your own training opportunity to develop skills outlined in your Individual Development Plan.Training grant recipients provide valuable reviews of their experiences, allowing our learning and development team to expand and leverage our resources.

Every Park Has a Climate Change Story

 

 What's the story at your site?

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Climate change is related to every national park in some way -- either because it impacts or threatens park resources and the values that make them unique, or because park resources and their stories can help us understand the causes and implications of climate change for society... What are all the potential ways in which cli­mate change has broad societal significance related to your site? In addition to resource impacts, consider impacts to visitor experience, impacts to public perception, or in providing access to primary park themes or manage­ment goals. 

What is lost - or gained - at your site because of climate change? What can be understood about climate change because of your site's resources and stories? 

To learn more about identifying your site's climate change stories, and the most effective ways to communicate those stories, see the Interpreting Climate Change Self-study Modules.

 Also, check out these upcoming training opportunities for interpreters and educators:

Coming soon - the Washington office for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers is sponsoring the development of an NPS National Climate Change Interpretation and Education Strategy and Toolkit.  This will provide direction, encouragement, best practices and tools for all parks to find and communicate their climate change stories.

 

From the IDP -- Summer/Fall Training Opportunities

   

Face-to-Face Classroom Training:

  • Interpretive Leadership and Business Skills Training
Park Chiefs and Managers of Interpretive and Education face a host of challenges to meet the needs and expectations of 21st Century audiences, who are more diverse, urbanized, digitized and globalized than ever before. Additionally, as the National Park Service moves into its second century, the need to leverage and prioritize limited resources adds to the sense of urgency for park managers to become more business savvy.

 

Therefore, this fall the Regional and WASO Interpretation and Education staffs join the Interpretive Development Program to offer face-to-face training to every I&E Chief and Manager. During these three-day, regionally-based training events chiefs and managers will participate in site-based experiential learning, discuss how new practices can reach new audiences, gather data on their current program outputs, use planning and evaluation tools to examine their own programs and resource allocation, and begin re-prioritizing based on emerging needs and best practices.
 
Look for registration information in DOILearn by June 30.
  • NER/NCR - Sept. 15-18 in Philadelphia, PA
  • PWR/AKR - Oct. 20-22 in San Francisco, CA
  • IMR - Oct. 27-29 n San Antonio, TX
  • MWR - Dec. 1-3 in Omaha, NE
  • SER - Spring 2016 in Atlanta, GA
     
  • Interpretive Peer Collaboration Workshop:
     Supporting the Interpretive Community's Next Century

This winter, a new on-line system - the NPS Learning and Development Common Learning Portal - will provide a venue to bring all the voices of Interpretation across the Service into a broad and on-going conversation where we define, develop and evolve the best practices of heritage interpretation. Through this system,  I&E practitioners will have the chance to discuss, develop and share examples and ideas with colleagues across the country, and earn credits in a new on-line badging system.

Participants in this workshop will help develop protocols and best practices for the new on-line system and will form the core of the new virtual community, serving as administrators and thought-leaders to encourage participation and be role models for effective peer conversations.They will serve as both the bridge to carry the current high quality standards of interpretation into the new system and the first set of voices to challenge and grow those standards.

Find all the details and apply now by downloading the PDF training announcement.

    

Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:  
  • Interpreting Climate Change - July 21-24, 2015. This course helps interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Register in DOI Learn.
     
  • Facilitating Curriculum Based Education PILOT August 4-7, 2015. This 4-day virtual learning experience is for front line interpreters and helps interpreters facilitate learning opportunities both on and off site. Register in DOI Learn. To view the announcement, click here.

 

Webinars:   

  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - This forum provides space for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement in an effort to build a more collaborative community that inspires open exchange of ideas among park educators.                        
    • Explore the Standards: NGSS - Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET. Register Here
    • Create Teacher Workshops and Institutes - Wed., Aug. 19, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET. Register Here
    • Explore the Standards: CCSS - TBD
    • Explore the Standards: C3     - TBD

 

Self-Study: 

  • Interpreting Climate Change Self-Study Modules - These study materials are completely self-paced, self-directed. Take a look and share the link with others at your site: http://idp.eppley.org/ICC
     

     

  • Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit -
    A "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills as an interpretive facilitator, a 21st century skill set!
     
  • On-line Courses - Available at www.parktraining.org
    • Informal Visitor Contacts
    • Interpretive Talk
    • Foundations of Interpretation
    • Causes of the Civil War
    • Media Fundamentals for Interpreters
    • And many more!
 
WIN an Award for Contributing a new Training Example

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We need videos of YOUR fantastic interpretive programs, so get out there with those video cameras! If your program meets the criteria and is selected as an example for training other interpreters, YOU will receive a $250.00 training grant!

 

 

We are especially looking for products that illustrate the effective use of audience-centered techniques (such as dialog, resource immersion, directed experiences, or other types of facilitated engagement and audience co-creation strategies) and programs that focus on audience relevance. Contact Becky Lacome at becky_lacome@nps.gov.

Training Exchange

We've searched high and low for upcoming training opportunities that you just might be interested in!
  • NPS Digital Brown Bag for LGBT Pride Month - June 23 2:00 - 3:00PM Eastern Time. Click here to register. 
     
  • edWeb.net Unleash Student Creativity with Tech-Infused Lessons - June 23 4:00PM Eastern Time. Click here to register. 
     
  • National Association for Interpretation - summer webinars
    Click here to view the schedule. 
  • Common Core NOW - July 28-29, 2015 - Sacramento, CA
    Click here to learn more. 
     
  • ASCD - Connect 21 Camp: Become a 21st Century Teacher, Leader, and School
    August 6-8, 2015 - National Harbor, MD. Click here to learn more.  

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:26

If you're looking to strengthen or hone your interpretive skills this summer, the following IDP resources are available to everyone. Learn something new this summer!

 

Free resources:

Interpreting Climate Change Self-study Modules

Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit with Self-study Guide

 

Free On-line Tutorials hosted by Eppley Institute (ProValens Learning):

Foundations of Interpretation

Causes of the Civil War

 

Benchmark Competencies for NPS Interpreters--On-line Courses hosted by Eppley Institute (ProValens Learning) for a small fee:

Informal Visitor Contacts

Interpretive Talk

Conducted Activities

Interpretive Writing

Interpretive Media 

Training and Coaching Interpreters

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 15:56

Training Opportunities--June/July/August 
NPS Interpretive Development Program
 
There are still openings in the following summer training classes and webinars offered by the Interpretive Development Program -- don't miss out on these hot topics! Please share this info with others at your site who may be interested.
Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class--July 21-24, 2015. 
This 4-day virtual learning experience will provide an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. To view the announcement, click hereRegister in DOI Learn, search by course title. 
REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO JUNE 25.
Curriculum Based Ed Virtual Course - August 4 - 7, 2015.
This 4-day virtual learning experience for the park educator will examine the park service as an education institution and parks as places of learning through civic engagement and citizen stewardship. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title. To view the announcement, click here. REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 15
 
By Educators, For Educators webinar series:
  • Create Teacher Workshops and Institutes - August 19, 2015 at 2:00PM ETRegister Here.
Kimble Talley
Training Specialist
NPS Interpretive Development Program
Stephen T. Mather Training Center

 

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Results Are In - Your Top Training Needs for I&E

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Facilitated Dialogue training in August - Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska.

 

To equip you in serving an ever-more globalized, digitized, and learner-centered public, this past spring we asked you to complete a Training Needs Assessment for Interpretation and Education. Thanks to over 1000 of you, we have robust data to chart a forward course for the Interpretive 

Development Program. 

 

What's next for the IDP

Almost 20 years after the first I&E needs assessment, we now have fresh feedback on new skill sets for 21st century interpretation. 

As we expand beyond assessing the basic components for I&E through the Peer Review Certification Program, which sunsets in December (see below), we will base our direction on the evolving needs you expressed. Click here to read the full report -- including a list of the "Top 7 Training Needs" (see page 2).
 

 

What's next for you? 

 

As the fiscal year ramps up, work with your supervisor to complete your Individual Development Plan (the other IDP). Use the Needs Assessment results to make a case for your training needs. Now that the data is in, our team will be ramping up to support these emerging needs in the coming months. In the meantime, we've pulled together key opportunities that can help fill the gap now. Check out our training grants, first quarter IDP offerings, and new comprehensive Learning and Development Training Calendar and find your future!

 

Sincerely,  

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager for Interpretation and Education

 
Inside This Issue
IDP Training Grants
From the IDP
NAI Opportunities
Peer Review Transition

IDP Training Grants

DEWA- informal interp
We're striving to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills and we see the obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. Our IDP Training grants give interpreters an opportunity to find their own training (defined by their Individual Development Plan).
 
Take a look at the results for the 2014 Interpretation and Education Needs Assessment. We encourage you to find opportunities that fill the gaps you've already defined. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds that will help reduce the cost in either face-to-face or distance learning. Check out the many proposals that were approved last year, click here!

 

 To submit a grant proposal, visit this form...

From the IDP -- 1st Quarter Training Opportutnities

   
Self-Study: 
  • Interpreting Climate Change Self-Study Modules - Great News!The Interpreting Climate change Self-Study Modules are now available on the IDP website. These are great tools to provide an overview of this important competency, with plenty of additional resources to allow you to dig deeper into the content as you have time and interest. These study materials are completely self-paced, self-directed. 

    There are four modules: 1) Introduction to Interpreting Climate Change 2) Knowledge of the Resource Issues 3) Knowledge of the Audience, and 4) Appropriate Techniques and Strategies. Each of the four Modules has a Study Guide.

    Take a look and share the link with others at your site: http://idp.eppley.org/ICC 
  • Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit -
    A "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills as an interpretive facilitator, a 21st century skill set!
     
  • On-line Courses - Available at www.parktraining.org
    • Informal Visitor Contacts
    • Interpretive Talk
    • Foundations of Interpretation
    • Causes of the Civil War
    • Media Fundamentals for Interpreters
    • And many more!

Webinars: 
 

By Educators, For Educators webinar series - This forum provides space for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement in an effort to build a more collaborative community that inspires open exchange of ideas among park educators.                        

  • Exploring the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) - Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ETRegister Here
  • Meaningful Community Service through Service Learning - Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ETRegister Here 
  • Exploring College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards - Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET.Register Here

Face-to-Face Classroom Training:

  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques  - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.  
     
    • Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania - October 20 - 24, 2014 - last minute seats still available contact John Rudy
    • Women's Rights National Historical Park, New York - November 3-7, 2014 - class is full. 
    • Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta - December 8-12, 2014. Click here to view announcement- 15 seats are open. 
    • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - January 26 - 30, 2015 - contact Becky Lacome
    • Check the IDP website, more courses will be added for 2015. 
Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:  
  • Curriculum Based Ed Virtual Course  - January 13 - 16, 2015. This 4-day virtual learning experience for the park educator will examine the park service as an education institution and parks as places of learning through civic engagement and citizen stewardship. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title. To view the announcement, click here
  • Digital Media for Interpreters - January 19-23, 2015. This course will provide a venue for investigating new and innovative ways of interpreting to park visitors, both within the park and beyond, using social media and new media platforms with existing interpretive theory and best practices to offer visitors innovative interpretive experiences. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title.   
 
NAI Opportunities

Don't forget to vote! NAI elections are in progress
Ballots for the election of NAI's Board of Directors and other officers were distributed to members Monday, October 6. The election process will be open until Thursday, October 30. Candidate statements can be found on NAI's website.

 

NAI Workshop approval update

As of October 15, WASO IE&V reported that the NAI conference approval for 172 NPS employees to is now at the department level awaiting approval. You are on the to-be-approved list if you completed the 2014 NAI Workshop Pre-Registration Data Collection google form by August 31. WASO will inform people on the list about the status of approval. Please continue to be patient as the approval process run its course. Contact Duey_Kol@nps.gov with questions. 

 
For more information on additional training opportunities, check the NAI website.
 

Peer Review Transition

 In May we announced that, after 18 years, the current process for the IDP Peer Review program will be discontinued as of December 31 this year. See the news item and instructions for final submissions . However, peer assessment remains a critical tool for professional accountability and evolution -- and 2015 will be a transitional year when we will ask for your input and participation with new experimental ideas. SO watch this newsletter for ways you can contribute, beginning this winter/spring.

 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 21:27

 
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Finding What Feeds You: A Season Full of Possibilities

This student's response on mid-training survey showed one small impact of our work and fueled a desire to do more.

 

Gearing up for a new season can be an exciting prospect, but it can also be daunting to face less rewarding details and duties. During moments of increasing administrivia and collateral-duties-as-assigned, I find I need to stop and allow myself to really note when my work has a positive impact.

 

At the end of March, I had one such moment co-instructing our first pilot class to Train the Seasonal Trainer in 21st Century Interpretive Skills at Grand Tetons National Park. Over 25 students from 10 different parks explored the why, when, and how of using new facilitation and engagement strategies with visitors.  

 

This week, instructor teams from those parks are teaching these skills to new seasonal staffs. It is truly gratifying to see students transformed by the power of a dialogic approach, and now doubly so to know they are building the same capacity in new and returning seasonal staff.

 

You might not always know how your work impacts your audiences, but you know how it impacts you. Whether trying out new Facebook posts, investigating untold stories, exploring rich conversations with audiences, or attending a training that "blows your mind" -- this season I encourage you uncover new approaches that feed creativity and passion for your work. If you do, more than your audiences will benefit.

 

Sincerely,  

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager for Interpretation and Education

 
Inside This Issue
Win Awards for your Good Examples
The Training Exchange
Videography Workshop
Training Grants - Help Build the Catalog

WIN AN AWARD for contributing a new Training Example

We Want You To Interpret! / Image of Uncle Sam pointing.

We need videos of YOUR fantastic interpretive programs, so get out there with those video cameras! If your program meets the criteria and is selected as an example for training other interpreters, YOU will receive a $250.00 training grant!

 

We are especially looking for products that illustrate the effective use of audience-centered techniques (such as dialog, resource immersion, directed experiences, or other types of facilitated engagement and audience co-creation strategies) and programs that focus on audience relevance.Read more...

Training Exchange

   
From the IDP

 

Webinars: 

  • The Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit webinar - As the summer season gets into full swing, here is an introduction to an important 21st century skills set. This 90-minute webinar, back by popular demand, will introduce the Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit - a resource and idea sharing opportunity for interpreters who understand the importance of interpreting with visitors rather than for them. Register for the June 12session OR       July 15 session
  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - This forum provides space for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement in an effort to build a more collaborative community that inspires open exchange of ideas among park educators.                    
    • Introduction to the Library of Congress - June 10, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.Register Here
    • Judgment, Memory, and Legacy: A Facing History Approach to Exploring Monuments and Memorials - July 15, 2014 at 1:00 and 3:00 PM ETRegister Here
    • Integrating Common Core - Monday, August 11, 2014, 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET.Register Here
    • Introduction to Bridging the Watershed - September date TBD. 
  • Diginterp Indepth Webinar Series - This monthly webinar series investigates new and emerging interpretive theory and the digital world.  Check out the #diginterp Facebook community or the IDP Facebook page for monthly announcements. 

Face-to-Face Classroom Training:

  • Train-the-Trainer - Facilitated Dialogue for Interpretation and Education - This course focuses on the skills needed to train interpreters and educators in facilitated dialogue interpretive practices as a critical 21st century skills set. Participants will hone their own skills -- and then learn to relay these skills to their colleagues in various park, regional or servicewide training venues. 

    This class is intended for students who have participated in a previous Facilitated Dialogue Techniques class sponsored by the IDP or the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, or participants in the "Train-the-Seasonal-Trainer in 21st Century Skills" course. Find more details and learn how to apply.    

  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.
    • Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska - September 8 - 12, 2014Register Here
    • Check the IDP website, more courses being added in coming weeks. 
Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:  
  • Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class -  July 22-25, 2014. This 4-day virtual learning experience will provide an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title.  To view the announcement, click here
  • Curriculum Based Ed Virtual Course  - August 5 - 8, 2014. This 4-day virtual learning experience for the park educator will examine the park service as an education institution and parks as places of learning through civic engagement and citizen stewardship. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title. To view the announcement, click here
  • Introduction to Audio Description - July 8-10, 2014. This 3-day course prepares learners to audio describe videos that will be posted to the web. Audio description is a core component of accessibility for internal and external Park Service audiences. This course will help employees navigate accessibility guidelines & resources related to audio description as well as practice audio description principles. Register in DOI Learn, search by course title.   

Cultural Resources Learning and Development Team

The CR L&D team is pleased to announce the launch of their Facebook and Twitter accounts. These accounts will help the NPS community find:

  • Training and learning resources relevant to cultural resources and the larger community
  • Updates on cultural resource and related projects throughout the NPS
  • Information on job and internship opportunities for cultural resource and related fieldd

So head to Facebook or Twitter, and look us up. Join in and share your knowledge and experience with cultural resources - from training opportunities to funny stories - with the larger community.

  

From Northeast Region - How to Play the Game 
The interpretive team at Northeast Regional Office continue their successful series of webinars themed around "How to Play the Game: Working with, through, and for others" throughout 2014. Click here to learn more... 
  • The New A, B, C's - Informal, Self-Directed, and Free-Choice Learning in NPS
    July 8 & 10, 2014 
  • The Art and Advantage of the Critique or, Beyond Positive Assessment
    Sept 9 & 11, 2014
American Alliance of Museums
  • Autry Classroom Curators: The Museum as Public Resource and Research Facility Friday, June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. Join colleagues in examining the Autry National Center's new outreach program, to explore, think about and suggest ways that museums can provide resources to a broad public for the purpose of research and exhibition, advancing the goal of the 21st century museum to become a site of pubic engagement and discourse. To learn more, click here
Facing History and Ourselves
  • Facing History Professional Development Calendar  
  • Holocaust and Human Behavior Online Course (begins June 12
  • Choices in Little Rock Online Course (begins June 12

From National Association for Interpretation

  • Opportunities to network and gain new ideas for education and interpretive programming in your local area. For more information on these localized training opportunities, check the NAI website.
 
From the Distance Learning Center at STMA

Videography Workshop - July 14th to 17th
This four-day workshop will be a combination of classroom presentation and hands-on production. The focus will prepare students to produce their own video media products. This involves pre-production planning, directing onscreen interviews, shooting b-roll footage, editing concepts, and post-production tasks to prepare for various distribution outlets. Alison Mims will be the lead instructor.
 
Find the course in DOI Learn. Email Mary_Robinson@nps.gov for more information.

The IDP's Training Grants - Help Build the Catalog

  Education Training Grants

A pencil and paper on a green background.As the Interpretive Development Program (IDP) strives to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills, there is a obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. The IDP Education Training grants will allow park educators to seek out their own training that has been defined by their Interpretive Development Plan. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds ($250.00) that will help reduce the cost in either face-to-face or distance learning. 

Digital Training Grants

A green computer and monitor.An IDP Digital Training grant allows a park interpreter to seek out training which may help them navigate the world of digital interpretation more effectively. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds (up to $250.00) that will help reduce the cost of registering for the training.

Training submitted through the program does not *need* to cost money.  You may submit free training opportunities through this form as well, if you would like to take and review those offerings.  Together, we can create a vibrant training catalog for our peers.

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 I foster DIVERSITY.
  
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 20:41

Colleagues-- During the coming year we will be rethinking and envisioning a new approach to peer review certification for NPS interpreters and educators. This is an exciting time to explore new possibilities -- to create an ongoing, field-centered conversation about the quality and standards of our work, and to take advantage of on-line options that were never possible when the current peer review process was begun in 1996.

In June, a Peer Review Transition Team will meet at Mather Training Center to begin designing a new process -- and to develop a transition plan to convert current certification records into a new credentialing system. Many ideas for the new system have been generated, and there will be opportunities, probably beginning in winter/spring of the coming year, for all of you to help us experiment and test these ideas.

IMPORTANT NOTICE -- In order to plan and retool for the peer review transition, please note that we will discontinue submissions to the current peer review process at the end of this year -- the deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014. We want to tell you now so you can plan ahead -- you still have several months to get certifications using the current system -- and please be sure to consult the Peer Review and ORS submission guidelines at the following links:

All certifications in the current system will transfer into some form of credits in the new system -- and we'll keep you updated as that new approach is developed.

Also -- very importantly -- please note that ALL other components of the Interpretive Development Program -- including the coaching system, on-line Eppley courses, webinars, classroom courses, and all the tools and resources on the IDP website, will continue to be available. The IDP is alive and well! In fact, new resources and learning opportunities are being added every month! (Check out the Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit page at http://idp.eppley.org/Interp-Toolkit)

The Benchmark competencies and professional standards outlined on this website continue to describe our work -- and we also look forward to results from the recently completed I&E Training Needs Assessment to help inform our evolving understanding of the skills and abilities of our profession in the 21st century. Stay tuned to this website and the quarterly IDP newsletter for upcoming reports on the Needs Assessment -- and thanks to all of you who participated!

If you have questions about the transition of the peer review process during the coming months, please contact anyone on the IDP Team.

Thanks!

Katie Bliss
Becky Lacome
Kimble Talley
John Rudy

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 17:00

NOTICE-- Peer review submissions in the current system will be accepted through December 31, 2014 -- the pre-requisites outlined below for seasonal and non-permanent interpreters remain in effect.

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It's a MYTH that seasonals cannot participate in the IDP Peer Review Program! Well, okay, this was the case for a short period of time a couple of years ago, but that was changed in January, 2011 -- seasonals may again submit competency products for peer review -- with the following pre-requisites:

NPS seasonals, volunteers, partners and other temporary employees may submit for peer review certification with the following prerequisites for the following benchmark competencies:

  • Interpretive Talk, Informal Visitor Contacts, Interpretive Writing, and Conducted Activities-- the submission prerequisite is an advanced certificate from the IDP on-line course for that competency -- see the submission guidelines for each competency
  • Demonstrations/Illustrated Programs and Curriculum-based Programs -- the submission prerequisite is an advanced certificate from the IDP on-line course in the Interpretive Talk (since no on-line course exists for either of these competencies) -- see the submission guidelines for each competency
  • Resubmissions-- seasonals, volunteers, temporary employees may also resubmit for any competency that has been previously attempted but did not yet meet the peer review certification standards ("approaching certification")

Also -- very important -- there are different submission guidelines for each competency for peer review -- AND there is a new on-line registration system for peer review submissions -- so please see the following links before you begin to prepare your submission!!

http://idp.eppley.org/certificates

http://idp.eppley.org/submit-line-peer-review-certification

Submission guidelines for each competency -- go to the Certificates tab (main menu above) > choose the Entry or Developmental Level tab > Peer Review tab

Questions?? Contact becky_lacome@nps.gov or john_rudy@nps.gov

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 11:00

 
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Working in Isolation: Duplication and Disconnection 

or Innovation and Ingenuity?

Just like curling sweepers at the ready, how can management clear a path for the best ideas to reach their target? 
(Flickr: Wyoming_Jackrabbit / CC)

 

Did you know last year the National Park Service ranked 200th out of 300 agencies for the best places to work in the federal government? 

What causes our organization to rank so low? Data shows some of our dissatisfaction comes from working in isolation -- leading to duplication, disconnection, and feeling unappreciated.

 

In the last couple months, I've had a chance to discuss the employee viewpoint survey in a number of settings. The word that keeps arising for me is "alignment." Employees want more communication, input, and feedback from supervisors and leaders, mostly so they know they are on the right track. Everyone wants to know the work they do matters.

 

Innovation and ingenuity happen everywhere; isolated pockets of hard working interpreters breed new ideas. Our best efforts originate in the field, and management's job should be to illuminate and support ideas that move work forward. A number of efforts this spring do just that -- ask you what you need to do your best work. Add your voice by participating in:

  • The Interpretation and Education Training Needs Assessment survey, Get your own copy by emailing Gina Depper at gdepper@clemson.edu Survey due April 22.
  • The Interpretation and Education Strategy for Relevance in our Second Century, go toidp.eppley.org for more information to join the broadcast and strategy roll-out on April 17.

We're looking forward to talking more about how we can all better align.

 

Sincerely,  

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager for Interpretation and Education

 
Inside This Issue

Training Exchange

   
From the IDP

 

Webinars: 

  • The Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit webinar - As seasonal training times arrives, how will you help your front-line staff learn or evolve their skills for engaging 21st century audiences? This 90-minute webinar will introduce the Interpretive Facilitator's Toolkit - a resource and idea sharing center for interpreters who understand the importance of interpreting with visitors rather than for them. Register for the April 29session OR May 7 session.
     
  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - an effort to build a more collaborative community for park educators that inspire and fosters open communication and exchange of ideas. The purpose of this forum is to establish an additional opportunity or "space" for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement.
    • Developing Teacher Institutes - Monday, April 7, 2014. Register Here
    • What is the IDP? - Thursday, May 8, 2014. Register Here
    • Education 101 - June date TBD
    • Engaging Diverse Audiences - July date TBD
    • Integrating Common Core - Save the Date - Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Diginterp Indepth Webinar Series - This monthly webinar series investigates new and emerging interpretive theory and the digital world.  Check out the #diginterp Facebook community or the IDP Facebook page for monthly announcements. 

Face-to-Face Classroom Training:

  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.
  • Train-the-Trainer Facilitated Dialogue - September 16-19 - Look for a training announcement by July to register for this opportunity if you have participated in a previous 2-5 day course, Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement and Facilitated Dialogue Techniques.
     
  • Living History - This in-person course will tackle the challenges and benefits of living history programs in interpretive landscapes. Participants will investigate the process of designing interpretive living history and costumed interpretive programs, focusing on making these programs vibrant, relevant, interactive and engaging for modern audiences. This training is geared to both permanent employees and interns/seasonals- July 2014 (dates to be announced)  
Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:
  • Introduction to Audio Description - Partnership with Harpers Ferry Center - Save the date - Coming this July. This course prepares learners to audio describe videos that will be posted to the web. Audio description is a core component of accessibility for internal and external Park Service audiences. This course will help employees navigate accessibility guidelines & resources related to audio description as well as practice audio description principles.
     
  • Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class - Save the date - July 22-25, 2014. This 4-day virtual learning experience will provide an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. See the announcement from January's class.
     
  • Curriculum Based Ed Virtual Course  - Save the date - August 5 - 8, 2014   This 4-day virtual learning experience for the park educator will examine the park service as an education institution and parks as places of learning through civic engagement and citizen stewardship; examine the importance of collaborating with partners and education institutions to expand programs; and examine leading-edge technologies.    
From Northeast Region - How to Play the Game
The interpretive team at Northeast Regional Office continue their successful series of webinars themed around "How to Play the Game: Working with, through, and for others" throughout 2014. Click here to learn more... 
  • Couldn't Have Done it Without You - Ways to Work With & Through Others
    May 6 & 8, 2014 
  • The New A, B, C's - Informal, Self-Directed, and Free-Choice Learning in NPS
    July 8 & 10, 2014 
  • The Art and Advantage of the Critique or, Beyond Positive Assessment
    Sept 9 & 11, 2014
Organization of Wildlife Planners
  • OWP will host its first on-line conference the week of April 7-11th. The theme of the conference is the Difference Between Customers and Citizens. Each day OWP will host a speaker who will make a 20-30 minute presentation and then there will be a moderated discussion with the presenter.  To Learn more, click here
From National Association for Interpretation
  • Opportunities to network and gain new ideas for education and interpretive programming in your local area. For more information on these localized training opportunities, check the NAI website.
 
The IDP's NEW Training Grants - Help Build the Catalog

  Education Training Grants

A pencil and paper on a green background.As the Interpretive Development Program (IDP) strives to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills, there is a obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. The IDP Education Training grants will allow park educators to seek out their own training that has been defined by their Interpretive Development Plan. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds ($250.00) that will help reduce the cost in either face-to-face or distance learning. 

Digital Training Grants

A green computer and monitor.An IDP Digital Training grant allows a park interpreter to seek out training which may help them navigate the world of digital interpretation more effectively. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds (up to $250.00) that will help reduce the cost of registering for the training.

Training submitted through the program does not *need* to cost money.  You may submit free training opportunities through this form as well, if you would like to take and review those offerings.  Together, we can create a vibrant training catalog for our peers.

WIN AN AWARD for contributing a new Training Example

We need videos of YOUR fantastic interpretive programs, so get out there with those video cameras! If your program meets the criteria and is selected as an example for training other interpreters, YOU will receive a $250.00 training grant!

 

We are especially looking for products that illustrate the effective use of audience-centered techniques (such as dialog, resource immersion, directed experiences, or other types of facilitated engagement and audience co-creation strategies) and programs that focus on audience relevance. Read more...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 17:01

The Strategy for Relevance in the National Park Service's 2nd Century – this strategy, authored by Associate Director Julia Washburn and over 200 field participants, interconnects and supports initiatives from Call to Action and prepares and propels interpretation, education and volunteerism in the national parks into its 2nd century and beyond.

 This strategy helps you prioritize and expand your limited resources, providing guidance on:

·        what to do more of,

·        what to do less of,

·        what to do differently.

Join the broadcast on April 17 at 2 p.m. EDT by checking back here for DOI Livestream link.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 16:56

If you do interpretation and education work in the National Park Service, we want to hear your voice and opinions about what skills are necessary for your work, and how prepared you are to complete those tasks. The results will help us understand new trends, support new and ongoing training efforts, and identify staffing needs. If should take about 30 minutes to complete and is due April 22, 2014. Check your email in-box for the invitation from Julia Washburn. If you did not receive an invitation, contact Gina Depper from Clemson University at gdepper@clemson.edu for your own copy.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 21:22

 
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New Hope for a New Year, or is that just insane?  

New Chiefs course overdue: Last Chiefs course (above) held June 2011

 

Albert Einstein is attributed with defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And yet, I find myself hopeful at the beginning of yet another year -- hopeful that we are on the cusp of breakthrough changes in Learning and Development that will make a real difference to field practitioners and the public they serve. 

 

For example, this fall Learning and Development launches a new web portal in concert with updates to Inside NPS that tailors your homepage to your learning needs. We also launch the pilot of a long-awaited New Division Chief Leadership Development Program (see details below). And our interp and ed team conduct a Best Practices and Training Needs Assessment in March, lighting the way for new funding and training emphases for our national and regional efforts.

 

Though dollars are tight and staffing still slim, leadership continues to value learning and development, thereby valuing you. I hope you find some display of that support in your day-to-day efforts and through the many training opportunities offered below.

Sincerely,  

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager

Interpretive Development Program

 
Inside This Issue

Training Exchange

   
From the IDP

 

Webinar Series: 

  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - an effort to build a more collaborative community for park educators that inspire and fosters open communication and exchange of ideas. The purpose of this forum is to establish an additional opportunity or "space" for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement. 
    • Effective and Engaging Instructional Strategies - Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM EDT. Register Here.

    • Introduction to Facilitated Dialogue - Thursday, February 20, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM EDT. Register Here.

    • Program Accessibility - March date TBD 

    • Service Learning - April date TBD

  • Diginterp Indepth Webinar Series - This monthly webinar series investigates new and emerging interpretive theory and the digital world.  Check out the #diginterp Facebook community or the IDP Facebook page for monthly announcements. 

Face-to-Face Classroom Training:

  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming.  
    • National Capital Region: Multiple dates from Jan. 27 to March 13Register Here.

    • To bring this course to your park or region, please complete this form.
  • Local Registered Coaches Course -- March 18-21, 2014 at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Contact Richard Kohen (IMR Interpretive Specialist) for more information. Registrations due January 10. Please see the full announcement
  • Train-the-Seasonal-Trainer -- March 24-28, 2014 at Grand Tetons National Park. Look for Training announcement by January 24 to register for this opportunity to gain new skills in training others to meet the needs of 21st century audiences. 
Virtual (Online) Classroom Courses:
  • Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class - February 11-14, 2014 and July 21-25, 2014 (tentative), This course will provide an overview of the practical knowledge and skills that will enable interpreters to develop effective, engaging climate change programming for both natural and cultural sites. Registrations due January 13. Please see the full announcement.  
  • Curriculum Based Ed Virtual Course  - Save the date - August 5 - 8, 2014   This 4-day virtual learning experience for the park educator. During this course, participants will examine the park service as an education institution and parks as places of learning through civic engagement and citizen stewardship; examine the importance of collaborating with partners and education institutions to expand its programs; and examine leading-edge technologies.
  • Introduction to Audio Description - Partnership with Harpers Ferry Center  
  • Save the date - April 1-3, 2014 
  • Audio Description This course prepares learners to audio describe videos that will be posted to the web. Audio description is a core component of accessibility for internal and external Park Service audiences, and this course will help employees navigate accessibility guidelines & resources related to audio description as well as practice audio description principles. 

From WASO Learning and Development
  • WebEx Skills Training - Register now  in the DOI Learn catalog 
    • Introduction to WebEx Training (NPS-ADM2005)
    • Skills for WebEx Moderators (NPS-ADM2006)
    • Using the WebEx Breakout Room Feature (NPS-ADM2013)
  • New Division Chief Leadership Development Program 
    Nominations for this limited pilot course are due Feb. 3. If you are a new chief interested in participating in the pilot, please contact your regional Chief of Interpretation or Employee Development Officer to request to be nominated.
From Northeast Region - How to Play the Game
The interpretive team at Northeast Regional Office continue their successful series of webinars themed around "How to Play the Game: Working with, through, and for others" throughout 2014. Click here to learn more... 
  • User's Guide to What Used to be the Future - Navigating New Realities     January 14 & 16, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm EST
  • Learning to Share - Audience-Focused Interpretation and Experiences
    March 11 & 13, 2014 
  • Couldn't Have Done it Without You - Ways to Work With & Through Others
    May 6 & 8, 2014 
  • The New A, B, C's - Informal, Self-Directed, and Free-Choice Learning in NPS
    July 8 & 10, 2014 
  • The Art and Advantage of the Critique or, Beyond Positive Assessment
    Sept 9 & 11, 2014
From the National Conservation Training Center
  • Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Training - March 3-6, 2014
    See training announcement in DOI Learn for more details.  Registrations due...
From National Association for Interpretation
  • Opportunities to network and gain new ideas for education and interpretive programming in your local area. For more information on these localized training opportunities, check the NAI website.

From Climate Change, Earth to Sky NPS/NASA Partnershp

 
The IDP's NEW Training Grants - Help Build the Catalog

  Education Training Grants

A pencil and paper on a green background.As the Interpretive Development Program (IDP) strives to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills, there is a obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. The IDP Education Training grants will allow park educators to seek out their own training that has been defined by their Interpretive Development Plan. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds ($250.00) that will help reduce the cost in either face-to-face or distance learning. 

Digital Training Grants

A green computer and monitor.An IDP Digital Training grant allows a park interpreter to seek out training which may help them navigate the world of digital interpretation more effectively. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds (up to $250.00) that will help reduce the cost of registering for the training.

Training submitted through the program does not *need* to cost money.  You may submit free training opportunities through this form as well, if you would like to take and review those offerings.  Together, we can create a vibrant training catalog for our peers.

WIN AN AWARD for contributing a new Training Example

We need videos of YOUR fantastic interpretive programs, so get out there with those video cameras! If your program meets the criteria and is selected as an example for training other interpreters, YOU will receive a $250.00 training grant!

 

We are especially looking for products that illustrate the effective use of audience-centered techniques (such as dialog, resource immersion, directed experiences, or other types of facilitated engagement and audience co-creation strategies) and programs that focus on audience relevance. Read more...

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 I foster DIVERSITY.
  
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 18:12

Yes -- one of the hot topics is Interpreting Climate Change. How do you communicate with the public about a complex and controversial issue such as this, which is affecting park resources across the NPS? The need to connect audiences to this issue in a meaningful way is growing every day. Please join us for the upcoming virtual classroom course, Interpreting Climate Change, scheduled for February 11-14, 2014. See the Training Page for the course announcement and registration info! Another great opportunity to learn about climate change is the new Earth to Sky regional course coming to the Mid-Atlantic area, beginning in February, 2014. See the details about this blended learning (on-line and classroom combo) course also on the Training Page.

 

A related hot training topic is Facilitated Dialogue -- perhaps you've heard some buzz about this emerging interpretive skills set? For issues that are complex, critical and/or controversial, Facilitated Dialogue is an approach to engage audiences in meaningful conversation, rather than attempt to teach or preach. A Facilitated Dialogue course may be coming to a region near you in the coming year -- see the Training Page for information on scheduled courses. And, if your park or a group of parks would like to host one of these classes, or if you would like additional info, please contact us (katie_bliss@nps.gov or becky_lacome@nps.gov).

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 15:25

 

 
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From Shutting Down to Ramping Up - Facing FY14 with Focus and Clarity   

 

Chalk on a path reading,
Photo: Stephanie Loeb, VAFO

With the shutdown now behind us, I think we start this fiscal year with a renewed sense of who we are and what we represent as an agency. As a community, we watched our fellow interpreters berated for following policy - and standing strong, saw our director defend our proud service-minded "culture and DNA," and supported those concerned for the welfare of isolated "excepted" rangers. As the politics of our agency shutdown played out in the press, we felt the effects in our communities, in our homes, and in our hearts.  

 

While that has taken its toll in and beyond our community, I think it provides a clarity and focus for our work. How do we use this episode to find strength and value in our work? How do we step unashamed into a new dawn for interpretation and education?   

 

This is a pivotal moment for our agency. As we look towards our 100th anniversary and boldly engage 21st century audiences, we (the IDP staff) want to support you by providing the tools you need to do your work. Please take full advantage of the offerings of the Interpretive Development Program and help us identify what is needed for the future.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Katie Bliss 

Training Manager

Interpretive Development Program

 
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The I&E Training Needs Assessment and the Future IDP

In response to evolving visitor trends, and to provide an updated understanding of field training needs, the IDP team at Mather Training Center started an Interpretation and Education Best Practices and Training Needs Assessment project this summer in partnership with Clemson University under the guidance of a new I&E Learning and Development Advisory Committee. The last I&E training needs assessment was completed in 1995 and informed the development of the Benchmark Interpretive Competencies. Evolving from this foundation, it is an exciting time to renew our understanding of interpretive skills and competencies through the new needs assessment project.   

 

Please help us shape the future of the Interpretive Development Program by joining our interactive broadcast from the National Association of Interpretation Workshop:

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM EST

2013 NAI Workshop - Registration and Free Preworkshop seats

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The NAI logo.Hoping to attend the National Association for Interpretation Workshop in Reno, Nevada on November 6-12? 
We have 6 *free* seats available in the Facilitated Dialogue Preworkshop session to be held the first days of the conference available on a first come-first served basis to NPS employees.
 
WASO I&E is still waiting on official approval from the Department of the Interior for participation at the National Association for Interpretation Conferences and Workshops. But NAI has offered us some help; they will still be offering Early Bird Registration for DOI folks after we've been approved.
 
To receive the Ealry Bird offer, NAI is asking you to fill out a paper registration form and fax it to their office to register.

To register for the free seats, make sure to indicate on page two of the registration form your desire to attend the Facilitated Dialogue Preworkshop session, and include a note that you would like one of the 6 free NPS seats.

WIN AN AWARD for contributing a new Training Example

We need videos of YOUR fantastic interpretive programs, so get out there with those video cameras! If your program meets the criteria and is selected as an example for training other interpreters, YOU will receive a $250.00 training grant!

 

We are especially looking for products that illustrate the effective use of audience-centered techniques (such as dialog, resource immersion, directed experiences, or other types of facilitated engagement and audience co-creation strategies) and programs that focus on audience relevance.Read more...

The IDP's NEW Training Grants - Help Build the Catalog

  Education Training Grants

A pencil and paper on a green background.As the Interpretive Development Program (IDP) strives to offer learning opportunities that model 21st Century skills, there is a obvious need to expand and leverage our resources. The IDP Education Training grants will allow park educators to seek out their own training that has been defined by their Interpretive Development Plan. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds ($250.00) that will help reduce the cost in either face-to-face or distance learning. 

Digital Training Grants

A green computer and monitor.An IDP Digital Training grant allows a park interpreter to seek out training which may help them navigate the world of digital interpretation more effectively. If selected, NPS employees will be given funds (up to $250.00) that will help reduce the cost of registering for the training.

Training submitted through the program does not *need* to cost money.  You may submit free training opportunities through this form as well, if you would like to take and review those offerings.  Together, we can create a vibrant training catalog for our peers.

Training Exchange

Here are some training opportunities that might interest you. What training have you found and loved? Share any gems on the IDP facebook page.

   

From the IDP
  • By Educators, For Educators webinar series - an effort to build a more collaborative community for park educators that inspire and fosters open communication and exchange of ideas. The purpose of this forum is to establish an additional opportunity or "space" for educators to share and learn about relevant topics that directly impact youth and teacher engagement.   

    • Integrating Technology - Monday, October 28, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM EDT. Register Here.

    • Distance Learning - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM EDT. Register Here.  

  • Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques - This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter's role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming. 

        Currently Scheduled Classes:

    • Nov. 5-6, 2013 - Reno, NV - See Above
    • Nov. 19-21, 2013 - St. Louis, MO - Register Here
    • Dec. 16-17, 2013 - Miami, FL - Registration Coming Soon    
  • Interpreting Climate Change Virtual Class The next classes will be offered in Winter/Spring of FY2014 - watch the IDP website for official announcements. Each day will involve a schedule of webinars, activities, and discussions. See the full announcement [pdf] from the last class.    
     
  • DigInterp Indepth Webinar Series - This monthly webinar series investigates new and emerging interpretive theory and the digital world.  Check out the#diginterp Facebook community or the IDP Facebook page for monthly announcements.  

 

Northeast Regional I&E Webinar Series
The interpretive team at Northeast Region headquarters are continuing their successful series of webinars themed around "How to Play the Game: Working with, through, and for others" throughout 2014. 
  • The Combined Call - Get the Competitive Edge
    November 12 & 14, 2013 
  • User's Guide to What Used to be the Future - Navigating New Realities
    January 2014 
  • Learning to Share - Audience-Focused Interpretation and Experiences
    March 11 & 13, 2014 
  • Couldn't Have Done it Without You - Ways to Work With & Through Others
    May 6 & 8, 2014 
  • The New A, B, C's - Informal, Self-Directed, and Free-Choice Learning in NPS
    July 8 & 10, 2014 
  • The Art and Advantage of the Critique or, Beyond Positive Assessment
    Sept 9 & 11, 2014

Look for more information and registration links in the coming weeks from NER I&E

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 16:29

NOTICE-- Peer review submissions in the Online Review System will be accepted through December 31, 2014 (pre-requisites apply for seasonal and non-permanent interpreters).

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Use the Online Review System (ORS) to submit products for peer review. In this system, you will create your own account to register your submissions and track the progress and results of your reviews. This system is open to all permanent, term and SCEP employees of the National Park Service. Seasonal NPS employees may submit for peer review when they achieve an advanced certificate through the online distance learning program. Visit the "Certificates" tab above for more information on who may participate in peer review.

 

Getting Started in the ORS

It's easy, quick (about 5 minutes) and secure, and will allow you to receive your review results more quickly. Here's all you need to do:

  • Go to the following website, available from any computer: http://ors.eppley.org/
  • Follow the instructions to create and activate your account
  • Then open your account, go to the "My Submissions" tab and follow the instructions to "Register New Submission"
  • Select the competency and read/follow all of the submission guidelines

IMPORTANT:  Each competency has its own submission guidelines -- please make sure to read the full requirements -- found under the competency tabs on this website --  before attempting to register your submission over on the ORS website. 

 

General guidance:

  • If your submission is an electronic file, please upload the file from your computer to the ORS as prompted during the submission registration process -- you can only upload one file so make sure to combine your materials into a single WORD or PDF file. If your submission lease reduce the file size as much as possible before uploading (ask your park tech folks how to do this if you don't know how).
     
  • If your submission is a DVD (for all competencies requiring a video) or a hard copy of a printed product (that you don't have available as an electronic file), you will still register your submission on-line, and follow the on-line instructions for mailing your product to Mather after you create the registration.
     
  • Do not upload the product submission form that you may have used in the past -- the online registration system replaces the need for this form.
     
  • Register only once for your submission (do not create multiple submissions in order to upload different pieces of your submission -- they must be combined into a single file if you are using the electronic upload feature).

If you should encounter any problems creating your account or registering your submission, or have any questions about the new system or the IDP Peer Review Program, please contact becky_lacome@nps.gov

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Merging records:

Once you have created your ORS account, you will use it whenever you submit a new competency for peer review. And, if you have prior peer review certifications, we will transfer those records to your ORS account, at your request, so you can see your peer review record at a glance. 

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Friday, July 19, 2013 - 15:24

Pictograms for ranger station, telephone and information.An Open Invitation

Julia Washburn, the Associate Director, Interpretation, Education and Volunteers, has asked us to pass along an open invitation.  If you are looking for an opportunity to shape the future of interpretation within the NPS, now is your chance.  The Interpretation, Education and Volunteers office is holding three listening sessions next week to hear what *you* have to say about where we're all headed.

The thee sessions will be held:

  • July 22, 2013 at 5pm Eastern
  • July 25, 2013 at 2pm Eastern
  • July 26, 2013 at 3pm Eastern

Why a Listening Session?

We want to know what you think about the draft interdisciplinary strategic plan for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers, 2013-2016. We want to hear about innovation at the regional and park levels. This listening session is an opportunity to provide you with a forum for participating in assessing perceived needs, issues, and hopes for the future.

Tips for the Listening Session

Submit questions and comments prior to listening session via the Draft's PEPC page.

During the session, use the WebEx chat feature to ask questions. Wherever possible, please gather together to share phone and webEx lines to help ensure maximum field participation.

 

How to Participate

To fully participate, you will need both a reliable phone line and internet connection.  You *do not* need to be behind the NPS firewall to participate in this listening session, which means our volunteers and other partners who may not have DOI-network access may participate fully if they wish.

Phone Info:

Call: 888-469-0868
Passcode: NPS

 

WebEx Info:

Monday, July 22, 2013
5:00 pm EDT
 

Session Number: 689 571 722

Click here to start this session.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
2:00 pm EDT
 

Session Number: 688 841 628

Click here to start this session.

Friday, July 26, 2013
3:00 pm EDT
 

Session Number: 688 119 770

Click here to start this session.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 - 18:40

 

 
 
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In This Issue...
  • Training Without Travel 
  • Training Near You
  • Training Exchange
  • What do you need?
  • Every Program is an Experiment     
  • The National Park Service and Common Core  
  • Free Credit Codes  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Training Without Travel
 
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Recognizing the challenge recent budget and travel cuts pose for those wanting to attend face-to-face training, the Interpretive Development Program would like to share several training opportunities that do not require travel. 
  •  July 9-12Interpretive Development Program Digital Media for Interpreters Virtual Course, to apply click here.     
Interpretive Development Program webinar series:              

Dialogue Training Near You
 
Not all training can be effective in an online format. Here are a few upcoming face-to-face training opportunities that may be available to you. Check the IDP website for links to the training announcements as the dates approach. 

 

Class: Interpreting Critical Issues using Facilitated Dialogue

  • Aug. 26-30, 2013 Washington, DC (tentative)
  • Sept. 10-13, 2013 Boston, MA
  • Oct. 22-25, 2013 San Francisco, CA
  • Nov. 5-6, 2013 Reno, NV
  • Nov. 19-21, 2013 St. Louis, MO
  • Dec. 16-17, 2013 Miami, FL
  • Late winter, 2014 Anchorage, AK

Training Exchange
 
Here are some training opportunities that have come across our desk that we think might interest you. What training have you found and loved? Share any gems on the IDP facebook page.

  

Northeast Regional I&E Webinar Series: 

Alliance for Excellent Education:

ASCD webinars:

Climate Change, Earth to Sky Partnership:

Leadership Training:

 

What do You Need?
by Katie Bliss
 

What new skills do you need to ensure the NPS is relevant in its second century? What techniques engage 21st century audiences? What "traditional" skills are still essential to good interpretation and education? 

 

This fall, the IDP is launching a comprehensive needs assessment to evaluate the training needs for the Interpretation and Education workforce - and coming to you for your input. Please look for opportunities to join virtual focus groups to help describe the work of the 21st century interpreter - your perspective is crucial! Check out the IDP website and Facebook page to get involved. 

 

Every Program is an Experiment
by John Rudy
 

Sometimes we let so much rest on 'success' when we

harpers ferry
Local students of Harpers Ferry participating in the Storer College/Niagara Movement program. 

march out of the visitor center to do our programs. Every time needs to be perfect, we tell ourselves, these visitors deserve the best. But could that lead to stagnation, using the same old techniques to tell the same old stories while the world around us evolves? What if we thought of every program as an experiment? What if every time we went into the field with visitors, we tried something new? 

 

It doesn't need to be a huge new idea, just some small tweak. And as we made that tweak, what if we looked into our visitors eyes to see if it worked, if it stuck, if the experiment succeeded or fell flat on its face? What new approaches to our special places might you find this summer if only you intentionally experiment? 

 

The National Park Service and 
Common Core 
by Kimble Talley
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Students admire their new Trail Tracker T-shirts during an education program at C&O Canal, Williamsport.
 
As an Education Training Specialist for the NPS, it is critical that I stay connected to what's happening in parks andclassrooms. Much of my work involves researching and learning to share and collaborate with you. As I receive feedback on the issues relevant to park educators,it is no surprise that the single most important topic is how to integrate the Common Core standards. Even though a few states have not adopted the standards, the thirst for adequate and relevant information is evident. 
 
While conducting research for the resources I want to share (see below), I came across this quote in an article on Common Core: "the goal is to get students to see how beliefs and biases can influence the way different people describe the same events." Can you imagine a description of standards that feeds more perfectly into what we do in parks? As we attempt to provide "emotional and intellectual" connections through conversations in parks, I know we can definitely plan for the Common Core standards.
 
I would like to share my top 10 resources on connecting to and truly understanding what the Common Core is and is not. If you have relevant examples, please feel free to share them, click here toemail me. 
 5. Understanding the Standards by The Hunt Institute
 4. Edutopia
 

Free credit code for  
online Interpretation Course
 
 
Do you want to access the National Park Service online Interpretation courses for free? These courses, created in partnership with Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, can be accessed at www.parktraining.org.
 
Fill out the form Free Credit Code for Online Interpretation Course. To fill it out, click here  
 
 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:53

 

The inaugural session of "diginterp indepth," frozen in time on YouTube.

Time is a constant in our lives. It seems to be always passing, sometimes we feel like we don't have enough of it.

But on Wednesday, March 20th, we took some time here at the IDP to investigate time in the first of our continuing series of investigations into the nooks and crannies of the digital interpretive world.

"When To Post: How The Clock Can Help You Be Interpretive" marked the first of an experimental series of training sessions, diving deep into the philosophy of both interpretation and the internet world. In this session, John Rudy from the IDP and John Tobiason from Harpers Ferry Center's Office of Digital Media delve into why you might post when you do, and how it could be more than a blind toss of the dart at the board.

Whether to maximize reach or maximize meaning, time is important. You'll notice some hiccups in the technology and delivery; we're always trying to experiment here at Mather. They'll get smoother as the months progress, but the experimentation won't ever stop.

You can watch the training in the player above.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 - 18:59

Collage of historic images including Frederick Douglass, the Statue of Liberty, Theodore Roosevelt and the mast of a ship.

Passing along this virtual training series being sponsored by Northeast Region:

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"Does it feel like the playing field you’ve known has shifted? Overwhelmed by new rules and systems? Want to be a better advocate for interpretation and your team?

UP NEXT: POSITION MANAGEMENT: Choosing the Team Before Game Day

January 8, 10 am -11:30 am & January 10, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

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NER has a flyer available with more information and links to the register which you can pass along to your colleagues, friends or other folks who might be interest in the training.

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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 20:00

Dr. Marc J. Stern (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Robert Powell (Clemson University) have just released their final report on National Park Service Interpretation, based upon intensive study done in cooperation with interpreters and visitors in the field. 

image of sample pages of reportFrom their executive summary: "NPS interpretive programs tend to produce high levels of satisfaction and experience enhancement for attendees regardless of their specific characteristics.... This study identified a set of practices that appear to commonly make the difference between good programs and excellent programs (with regard to visitor outcomes). We recommend these practices be incorporated into current interpretive training in the NPS where appropriate."

The work undertaken by Stern and Powell will undoubtedly help to chart a course for the future of interpretation in the National Park Service, and particularly for envisioning how we train the 21st Century Interpreter.

The full report, Identifying best practices for live interpretive programs in the United States National Park Service is now available for download [PDF, 700kb]. 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 18:13

The idea of creating an interpretive field school at Stephen T. Mather Training Center and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park originated with the late David Larsen during his time as the National Park Service Training Manager for Interpretation and Education. This feasibility study, initiated by the NPS and executed by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, explores the field school concept and offers recommendations for next steps. Read the complete report at http://eppley.org/news.Read the complete report at http://eppley.org/news.   Re Reeek Read

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