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  • Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/11/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    We all hear references to organizational culture, but what is it, really? How is it defined, how is it built, and how does it evolve and adapt to change? This session will dive into these questions and will assist in demystifying the establishment of culture in your organization and will provide you with tools you can use to build a well-defined culture in your organization.


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    What is it like working in your organization? What are the beliefs, values, customs, employee behavior and interactions external to your agency? Having a well-defined culture can set the stage for organizational success, yet it seems like an elusive goal for many. Organizational culture affects the way people and groups interact with clients, stakeholders and each other. Also, organizational culture may influence how much employees identify with their organization. This session will focus on two primary elements: how to build culture and how one department — Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation — strives to build a cohesive organizational culture.  


    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand the definitions of organizational culture.
    2. List steps to build a strong culture.
    3. Understand an actual case study of building culture.



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Barbara Heller

    Senior Consultant, BerryDunn

    Barbara Heller is a Senior Consultant/Practice Lead for Parks and Recreation with BerryDunn, starting in June 2019.  Previously she was President of Heller and Heller Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in state and local government, primarily in the parks and recreation industry.  Her areas of specialty include: strategic planning, master planning, service quality assessments, operational/organizational reviews, leadership development, facilitation of public input processes, and staff training with clients all over the United States. 

    She has additional consulting experience with Sasaki Associates and PROS Consulting and has been performing client focused consulting engagements for 13 years. 

    Previous to consulting experience, Barbara spent over 30 years working at the local government level with a variety of park systems.   She was the Executive Director of the Naperville Park District and Elk Grove, Park District, both in Illinois. Heller has held other positions with municipal government organizations in Arlington, TX, Montgomery County, MD and Prince William County, VA.  

    Her education background includes a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.  

    She has presented at state and national conferences for the last 25 years.

    Michael Kirschman

    Director

    Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

    For the past 25 years, Michael Kirschman has presented at countless state and national park and recreation conferences. He has provided instruction for seven years at Supervisors Management School, taught two years at Green School, and currently serves as an instructor for Directors School.

    Kelly Moffett

    Senior Education Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Kelly Moffett is the Senior Education Manager at the National Recreation and Park Association. She currently manages the educational programming for NRPA Annual Conference as well as partner schools, including NRPA Directors School. Previously, Kelly worked at the Global Business Travel Association at which her role progressed over 5+ years from Education Coordinator to Manager of Professional Development, and finally Manager of Global Event Operations. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University with a major in communication studies and a minor in human resource development.

  • 2021 Premier Webinar Subscription

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials.

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    Subscribe to the 2021 Premier Webinar Series and be instantly registered for any premier discounted webinar that we offer for all of 2021 with continued access to the archived recordings and materials. NRPA's free Premier webinar series addresses timely and relevant topics within the park and recreation field. The webinars are free to our premier members. The Premier Webinar series occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. EST/EDT.


    2021 Schedule

    Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency*
    January 14, 2021
    Urban & Rural Cities Hot Topic                                    
    July 8, 2021
    Building a Well-Defined Organizational Culture
    February 11, 2021
    Building the Movement
    August 12, 2021 
    Aquatics*
    March 11, 2021
    Health & Wellness
    September 9, 2021
    Advocacy
    April 8, 2021 
    Equity & Inclusion*
    October 14, 2021
    Conservation*
    May 13, 2021
    Research
    November 11, 2021
    Emergency Response
    June 10, 2021
    Aquatics*
    December 9, 2021

    These sessions contain 0.1 CEU


  • CAPRA Series, #6: CAPRA Standards: Developing Your Self-Assessment Report

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 01/21/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar will cover how to complete and submit the online self-assessment report via the CAPRA Application and Review Portal, including best practices on completing this step in the process.

    This session will cover how to create and assemble your self-assessment report using the CAPRA Application and Review Portal, including parts of the form; how to link to your evidence of compliance for each standard; and why it is important to use bookmarking and highlighting in your evidence. It also will include best practices for writing your responses and how the Commission Review Team (CRT) and Site Visit Team (SVT) will analyze and assess your report.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:
    1. Understand all sections of the online self-assessment report.
    2. Identify best practices for completing and submitting your report.
    3. Determine guidelines on how the CRTs and SVTs will analyze and assess your report.




    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Jane Miller

    CEO and Founder

    Jayne Miller Consulting

    Jayne Miller is the CEO and founder of Jayne Miller Consulting where she brings 35+ years of experience leading and managing parks and recreation agencies along with her dedicated work addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the field over the past 20 years. 

    She has served as Chair of World Urban Parks since September 2018 and has been a board member since the inception of World Urban Parks in 2015.  She has helped lead the organization’s growth with fellow board members and the organization’s CEO and Secretariat.

    From February 2018 – October 2020, Jayne served as President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), the non-profit partner to the City of Pittsburgh. During 2018 and 2019, Jayne lead the Conservancy’s work on the Restoring Pittsburgh Parks Initiative including the development of The Parks Plan, a long-term equitable investment strategy for the Pittsburgh Parks System, and the successful parks referendum on the November 2019 ballot, dedicating an additional $10M a year to Pittsburgh Parks for implementing The Parks Plan.  

    Prior to her time in Pittsburgh, Jayne served as the Superintendent of the nationally renowned and CAPRA accredited Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), November 2010 – February 2018. Under Jayne’s leadership the MPRB was recognized by the Trust for Public Land as the #1 Park System six years running, 2013-2018, and as a National Gold Medal Award Finalist three years, 2016-2018.  Jayne successfully led the organization’s efforts in developing and implementing equitable investment strategies for all MPRB capital & rehabilitation projects, recreation center funding, and an organization-wide Racial Equity Action Plan to address racial and economic equity needs across the park system.  In 2015 and 2016 Jayne championed and led the organization’s efforts developing and implementing the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan, 20-year equitable re-investment plan for the park system’s 160 neighborhood parks, and securing $11M annually for 20 years to implement the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan. 

    Under Jayne’s leadership, the PPC and the MPRB have been recognized for their work on social equity.  The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is the recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2020 Innovation in Social Equity Award and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society’s 2020 Award of Excellence for the Restoring Pittsburgh Parks Initiative. The MPRB received the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association’s 2017 Award of Excellence for the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan.

    Jayne also serves on the board of City Parks Alliance, is a board member and faculty with the Indiana University Executive Development Program, and is Chair of World Urban Parks.  She also is a CAPRA Commissioner, Director of the Park Foundation School, and an American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration Fellow.   

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

  • CAPRA Webinar Series: Prepare for NRPA Accreditation

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Join this CAPRA webinar series to prepare for the CAPRA accreditation process or to serve on a visit team.

    What is CAPRA? What does it mean to become CAPRA Accredited? Participate in this webinar series — whether you are a professional, represent an agency or are a visitor (new and renewing) — to learn the answers to these questions and more. Information covered will help park and recreation professionals prepare to participate in the CAPRA process and visitors to serve on visit teams. The webinar series will cover a general overview of CAPRA and the accreditation process; the 10 sections of the CAPRA National Standards; guidelines for creating your self-assessment report and collecting your evidence of compliance; responsibilities of reviewers and visit team members; things to expect with your agency’s site or virtual visit; ways to get involved in CAPRA; and a list of resources to help you along the way.

  • Environmental Maintenance: Global Impact and Your Agency

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar will provide information to help park and recreation professionals make decisions and choose products and improved practices that benefit the environment and support positive impacts on your agency, your community and the world.


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    Parks and public lands serve an essential role in preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, protecting clean water and clean air, and providing open space for current and future generations.  Parks and recreation agencies have been in the forefront of the effort to protect the environment for the common good.  This webinar will provide information to help park and recreation professionals make decisions and choose products and improved practices that benefit the environment and support positive impacts on your agency, your community and the world.


    Learning Objectives 

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Identify environmental issues and concerns for the future of park maintenance management. 
    2. Understand the role of park and recreation agencies in environmental protection and why this is essential for good maintenance practices. 
    3. Understand how maintenance can be accomplished in an environmentally responsible manner.

    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Karen L. Hesser, CPRP

    Chief of Operations

    Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton, Ohio

    A Certified Park and Recreation Professional with more than 30 years of parks and recreation experience in both county and municipal organizations. Focused on engaging individuals, teams, and organizations to envision, strategize, and realize their full potential toward the effectiveness, efficiency, and success of the organization through coaching, mentoring, delegation, and empowering to achieve consistently high-quality work and personal accountability. Proven experience in personnel supervision and management, budgeting, planning, policy development, partnerships, creating park operation plans, strategic reorganizations of personnel, and program development. I have developed successful partnerships with community groups, requests for proposals, leases, employee job descriptions, and special-use agreements. My commitment to the parks and recreation community through positions at the local, state, regional, and national levels allows me to engage with professionals and citizens to strengthen the resources available to staff and the department. Combining executive leadership experience gained in supervisory positions, I offer an insightful, practical, and results-oriented approach to addressing complex organizational challenges.

    Gérald R. Checco

    Born in Bangui, Central African Republic into a French / Tunisian family, Gérald spent his youth between France and the lesser Antilles on the island of Guadeloupe.  A gifted mathematician, he obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics degree just one year after graduating from high school. He then studied two majors in tandem: Education at the Sorbonne and Engineering and Public Administration at the School of Public Works (école Speciale des Travaux Publics) in Paris, France.

    He married American artist Jan Brown Checco in 1981 and they had two daughters Amanda and Emilie, and they now have 3 grandsons.  Having completed his military duties as a lieutenant in the French artillery, Gérald established himself professionally as a consulting engineer on projects commissioned by family members of the King of Saudi Arabia, for whom he designed palaces, mosques and gardens. 

    In 1984, the young Checco family moved to Cincinnati, where they have resided ever since. An American diploma would now be essential for engineering practice, so Gérald enrolled at the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering in just 9 months. Certified as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Ohio and neighboring states, he was employed as Project Manager for an architectural design firm.  In 1991, Gérald was hired by the City of Cincinnati’s Park Board, and became Superintendent in1999.  A recognized expert in parks management, he has taught parks administrators throughout the nation in a North Carolina State University course (PRMMS), and has also lectured internationally on parks-related topics in Japan, France, Germany, Ukraine and China. 

    In 2013 Gérald was asked by Cincinnati’s City Manager to become the Director of Public Works, a department that was in leadership crisis with lackluster performance. With improvements completed, in 2015 the Mayor asked him to become the Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District, a department facing multiple audits due to questionable managerial practices and looming Consent Decree deadlines.  These last two appointments earned him the nickname “Cincinnati’s Fixer” for his ability to quickly reorganize troubled departments, improving performance and establishing ethical behaviors. 

    After retiring from City service in 2018, Gérald went on the 500-mile hike of his dreams - the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, and then wrote a reflective, philosophical book - “The Tao of My Camino.”  He then translated from the original French to English, a play by Ivorian author Maurice Bandaman.  Gérald is now a Director on the Boards of the Mill Creek Valley Conservancy District, the Urban Forestry Advisory Board, the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati, Green Umbrella, the Sawyer Point Board of Visitors, and serves as the Treasurer of the community council where he resides.  He also works as a consultant for government efficiency and effectiveness.  He and Jan reside in their solar and geothermal-powered home in Clifton.

    During the COVID19 crisis Gérald was part of a team of volunteers that organized a community response to the pandemic.  This effort included a fund raising effort aimed at providing free meals for Health Care workers, a beautification/ spring cleaning effort throughout his neighborhood, and the creation of new outdoor “food courts” to help restaurants.

  • COVID-19 and the ADA: Guidance for Park and Recreation Agencies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this 2020 Virtual session for an in-depth discussion and case study analysis on the interface between the CDC's COVID-19 requirements and American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way recreation programs are delivered and park assets are used by the public. Terms like PPE, positivity rate, and asymptomatic have barged into the language used to plan programs, staff facilities, and maintain parks and facilities. Complicating how to approach this issue is the hands-off approach by the federal government, leaving it to the states to interpret guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and develop an approach that works. As a result, Oregon does it differently than New Jersey, and Texas does it differently than Illinois. There has been one constant: The requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are not overruled by any coronavirus restrictions adopted by a state, county or city. This session reviews CDC guidance, known ADA requirements for recreation programs, and applies these to four case studies. Attendees will leave with a toolkit to address the ADA/COVID-19 interface.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

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    3. TBD.




    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    John McGovern

    Partner, Principal in Charge

    The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice

    McGovern has spoken about access and inclusion at training events in 43 states. He is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation. McGovern is the President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC (RAC), established in 2008. RAC is one of the companies under the umbrella of W-T Engineering, one of the premier engineering firms in Illinois. RAC advises local parks and recreation agencies, cities, counties, states, and private entities regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to existing buildings and sites, new buildings and sites, and inclusive recreation support.

  • 2020 NRPA Virtual Comprehensive Bundle

    Contains 65 Product(s)

    The 2020 NRPA Virtual education sessions provide an inspirational approach to professional development for Park and Recreation professionals. Register for this comprehensive package of the 2020 education sessions and join the discussions on innovation, social equity, and the essential roles you serve to positively impact communities.

    The 2020 NRPA Virtual education sessions provide an inspirational approach to professional development for Park and Recreation professionals.  Register for this comprehensive package of the 2020 education sessions and join the discussions on innovation, social equity, and the essential roles you serve to positively impact communities. This bundle is packaged to provide over 5.0 CEU upon completion by including the full education sessions plus, all Speed Sessions (0.68 CEU eligible) are included for no additional cost.  

    Total eligible CEU upon completion: 5.18



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

  • CAPRA Series, #5: CAPRA Standards: Sections 6, 7, 8 and 10

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar covers CAPRA Standards provided in Sections 6.0 – Programs and Services Management; 7.0 – Facility and Land Use Management; 8.0 – Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Security; and 10.0 – Evaluation, Assessment and Research. This webinar provides an overview of each section plus examples of self-assessment and visit report responses.

    Join us for this 60-minute webinar, in which our presenters will explore the CAPRA Standards provided in Sections 6.0 – Programs and Services Management; 7.0 – Facility and Land Use Management; 8.0 – Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Security; and 10.0 – Evaluation, Assessment and Research. The overview of each section will include the number of fundamental, non-fundamental and any additional standards; examples of self-assessment and visit report responses. This is the final of three sessions that review the standards by section.


    Learning Objectives

    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand Sections 6, 7, 8 and 10 of the CAPRA National Standards. 
    2. Understand how to prepare standard responses and gather evidence for these standards.
    3. Identify the fundamental standards for each of these sections.
    4. Determine the operational plans needed to meet these standards.




    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Julie Parascondola

    Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services | City of Kent, Washington

    Julie is the Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services for the City of Kent, Washington. Prior to that, she spent 20 years in the Department of Parks and Natural Resources at Metro Parks Tacoma, Washington. Julie has been actively involved with CAPRA since 2011. She spent six years on the CAPRA Commission and has either mentored agencies, been a visitor, a visit chair, Commission lead or second in over 49 agency accreditations, helped re-write the 2014 CAPRA standards and has held several training sessions on accreditation. In 2014, Julie lead Metro Parks Tacoma through their first national accreditation with 100% of standards met and is now preparing her current agency through the process – giving her a unique external and internal perspective on the accreditation process. Julie has also completed NRPA’s Marketing and Revenue School, Executive Development School and Director’s School and is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and Executive. She has a degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University.

    ​Jennifer G. Schleining

    CAPRA Accreditation Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer G. Schleining, CAPRA Accreditation Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association, oversees the strategic direction and day to day operations for the CAPRA Accreditation Program including management of the accreditation process for agencies and related educational programming.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Continuing Education Department. Prior to NRPA Jennifer served for 5 years as a Credentialing Services Specialist for the American Society of Appraisers.  Prior to that she held various fundraising and development positions for organizations including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Give a Note Foundation, Tudor Place Historic Home and Garden and The Madeira School. 

  • ‘Become The Agent of Change’: How Leaders Create Staff Excellence Through Inspirational Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join this entertaining and informative program from the 2020 Virtual event, to hear how park and recreation professionals can effectively implement, lead, and navigate people through the uncertainties of organizational change or disruptions in their communities.

    Are the changes in today's world an opportunity for prosperity or pain in the neck? Many leaders of today are struggling with how to direct change while benefiting from it. When it comes to change, there are many challenges from how we get started, to how the change will be perceived by the public and embraced by your teams. In this entertaining and informative program, we will discuss how park and recreation professionals can effectively implement, lead, and navigate people through the uncertainties of organizational change or disruptions in their communities.


    Learning Objectives
    Following this session, learners will be able to:

    1. Understand a change management blueprint for implementing an organizational change.
    2. Engage more strategically resilience to manage organizational change.
    3. Apply strategies and techniques for change management and team performance improvement.



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

    Johnny Campbell

    CEO, The Transition Man

    Speak On IT

  • 2020 Leadership Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This bundle is a collection of 2020 Virtual sessions with a focus on leadership and management discussions from revenue to work satisfaction.

    This bundle is a collection of 2020 Virtual sessions with a focus on leadership and management discussions from revenue to work satisfaction. Upon completion, the sessions included in this bundle are eligible for 0.3 CEU.  The fourth session is included for no additional cost and eligible for 0.034 CEU.


    Sessions included in this bundle:

    1. Park Foundations and Friends Groups - City Manager and Mayors Panel Discussion (0.1 CEU)
    2. COVID-19: What Do We Do Now With Our Concessions? (0.1 CEU)
    3. ‘Become The Agent of Change’: How Leaders Create Staff Excellence Through Inspirational Change (0.1 CEU)
    4. What Makes a GREAT Day at Work?: The 3 Cs of Work Satisfaction (0.034 CEU)



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.