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  • Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public Partnerships

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces.

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    This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces. The presenters—top executives of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Houston Parks Board (HPB) — will show how these collaborative efforts are achieving scaled impacts, improving public green spaces, ensuring they are equitably distributed and accessible, and helping define their important role in community resilience. 

    We work in close partnership to build a strong, resilient, and vibrant region by investing in long-term solutions to some of the most persistent challenges facing our communities. Initiatives like Bayou Greenways 2020, the HPB planning framework Beyond the Bayous, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities improvement initiative are substantial down payments on elevating the quality of life for people in our region.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 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 three years from the date of origination.

    Beth White

    President and CEO, Houston Parks Board

    In 2012, President Obama appointed Beth White to the National Capital Planning Commission. She has served as director, Chicago region, for The Trust for Public Land and has led several successful projects involving public-private partnerships, planning, fundraising and the opening of new parks. She has a Master’s degree from Loyola University and Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

    Steve Wright

    Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

    Steve Wright was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and approved by Houston City Council on July 5, 2017. Prior to joining the City, he served as the Vice President of Business Development and Healthy Living for 31 branches of the YMCA in the Greater Houston area. Mr. Wright has worked in both the private and public sector of the health and fitness field for over 30 years.

  • eSports 101: Just What the Heck is eSports and Why / How Should My Agency Participate In It?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 10:10 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Join this session will share insights into the world of eSports, its participation and revenue growth story, share case studies of agencies who are starting to dip their toes in it and ways in which agencies can consider entering the world of eSports themselves.

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    The fastest growing sport today might just be "eSports". It has morphed from a participant sport for people playing video games to now having millions of players and even more 'viewers' all over the world. In addition, brands are investing heavily in sponsoring it and teens and youth populations (the hardest audience for a park and recreation agency to target) are heavily engaged in it. 

    This session will share insights into the world of eSports, its participation and revenue growth story, share case studies of agencies who are starting to dip their toes in it and ways in which agencies can consider entering the world of eSports themselves.

    Learning Objective: 

    Learn about the growth of eSports and identify ways in which they can explore providing eSports as an offering in their agency.


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

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

    Neelay Bhatt

    Vice President, PROS Consulting, LLC

    Neelay’s career on five continents includes Disney, The Super Bowl, The Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games and a curating, coaching and presenting multiple TED workshops and TEDx talks. He has keynoted globally from USA to China, Europe and New Zealand. As the VP at PROS Consulting INC., he has led 125+ strategic / master planning, sports facility development projects globally.


  • Adapted Sport Training and Certification - Practical Tools and Resources

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Join this educational session for sports and recreation professionals includes training tools, standards and resources available for advancing their inclusive and adaptive programming, as well as take a look at further needs.

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    Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is the national leader in community based adaptive sports and has over 130 chapters around the U.S delivering sport programs for people with disabilities. For more than 50 years, DSUSA has been instrumental in assisting National organizations such as American Canoe Association, US Masters Swimming, USA Archery, PSIA-AASI, US Cycling, US Skating, and more to develop adaptive certifications, training and guidelines for including athletes with disabilities. This educational session for sports and recreation professionals includes training tools, standards and resources available for advancing their inclusive and adaptive programming, as well as take a look at further needs.



    Learning Objective:

    Explain 3-5 different adaptive sports training programs currently available and where to find them



    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)


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

    Julia Ray

    Programs Director, Disabled Sports USA

    Julia has been working with Disabled Sports USA since 2003, getting thousands of individuals with disabilities, including youth and disabled Veterans active in adaptive sports. Julia oversees DSUSA programs, including partnerships with NGB's and other certifying agencies to advance adaptive sports. Recent partnerships and presentations in this area include USA Archery, US Skating, PGA of America and others.

    Julianne Mills

    Training and Education Manager, Disabled Sports USA

    Julianne serves as Program Manager for DSUSA’s Adapt2Achieve program. She first discovered adaptive sport as a high school student volunteering at a therapeutic riding program. After completing a B.S. in psychology, Julianne pursued a career in equine assisted activities as a PATH International Advanced Registered Instructor. She also has extensive experience in volunteer management and piloted a mentor program to provide supported volunteer opportunities for adults with disabilities.

  • Once Upon a Pie Chart: Using Data to Tell Your Story

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.

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    Getting the word out about your services and needs is critically important in keeping your organization relevant as you fight for funding and attention. Backing your message with data has the potential increasing your impact, but telling your story in a way that gets people to understand, engage, and act requires more than simply adding a few charts and graphs to your reports and presentations. Learn the fundamentals of both storytelling and data visualization so that you can create messages that are both informative and compelling to share with staff, elected officials, and the public.

    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 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 three years from the date of origination.

    Bobbi Nance

    President, Recreation Results

    Bobbi Nance is the founder of Recreation Results where she helps teams find value in their data, capitalize on trends, implement strategy, and push innovative thinking to increase their impact in the communities where they work. Bobbi's presented hundreds of workshops across North America all focused on breaking down complex topics and sharing practical approaches to putting them to use.

  • The BUZZ Effect of Pop-up Programming

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! This session will explore creative, fun program ideas you can take back with you to make your community fall in love with your department.

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    Programming can get stuck in a cycle and become boring. This session will explore creative, fun program ideas you can take back with you to make your community fall in love with your department. We will look at ways to stay current and effective, through the use of social media, by providing “pop-up” programs that create a buzz! These refreshingly simple ideas will build community support, foster quality family time and strengthen your organizational brand. The ideas presented can all be done in a single day with little or no cost.


    Learning Objective: 

    Develop the skills and abilities that will put you on a path to provide little or no cost community events that promote increased family time. 


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

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

    Brendan Egan

    Director of Parks & Recreation, Burlington Parks & Recreation Department

    Brendan has been with the Burlington (MA) Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years and the director for the past 5 years. During his time as director they have re-positioned the department, strengthened community support and built their organizational brand. This has not always been easy, but they have found creative, cost effective ways to accomplish this.

  • 2019 NRPA Live Tuesday Package

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This package contains all of the Tuesday sessions streamed live from the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

    The 2019 NRPA Live Tuesday package (.2 CEUs) includes the full day of live streaming with a total of 2 full education sessions and 2 speed sessions. View the session descriptions under the "Content" tab above.

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  • Building Resilient Youth: Responding to Trauma, Substance Use and Mental Health Challenges in Out-of-School Time Programs

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! Join NRPA, the Afterschool Alliance and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in a workshop to explore how out-of-school time (OST) providers can better identify risk factors, apply a trauma-informed care lens to their work, and build social and emotional supports into their existing programs that improves health outcomes. 0.1 CEU

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    Local park and recreation agencies are one of the largest providers of out-of-school time (OST) programming across the country. With new public health threats and concerns emerging each day, including youth exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma, rising rates of depression and substance misuse, what is the role of the OST field in responding to these challenges? How can park and recreation agencies build additional protective factors into their programs that foster positive physical, social and mental health outcomes? 



    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1



    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.


    Allison Colman

    Director of Health, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is the Director of Health for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

  • Laugh for the HELP of It!

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Streaming Event! Spend an intense Speed Session laughing and learning how to decompress, de-stress, and get energized with Laughter Yoga!

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    Spend an intense Speed Session laughing and learning how to decompress, de-stress, and get energized with Laughter Yoga! This session will briefly introduce the audience to the concept of non-humor-based laughter, combined with deep yogic breathing. Add in a healthy dose of eye contact and childlike play, and this session will leave you energized and ready to tackle the day! As importantly, participants will learn practical tools to take and use at home, at work, or for laughter-filled play.


    Learning Objective: 

    Utilize practical laughter tools to help with tension, stress, and energy.


    Session Length: 20 minutes (Speed Session)

     

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

    Michael Bork, MS, CPRP, CLYT

    Parks & Recreation Director, Fairbanks North Star Borough

    In addition to 18 years of municipal parks and recreation experience, Michael is a specialist in laughter, positive psychology, and stress reduction in the workplace. Michael is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher (CLYT) and has a Master's Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. His goal is to teach people how to live and work better through a process he calls "Laughtership!"

  • A Systems Approach to Assessing Parks

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    NRPA Live Stream Event! This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.

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    What makes a park successful depends heavily on neighborhood context, and assessing a parks system is an important step in making equitable improvements and creating a Complete Parks system. This means making decisions based on data about people’s entire experience with parks—getting to a park, spending time there, safety and maintenance, proximity to quality schools, affordable housing, local businesses, and key services, and more. 

    The Complete Parks approach has immense potential to create an inclusive parks system and simultaneously address an array of planning, public health, and environmental issues. This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1 CEU




    NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of registration.  The learning content is available for registration for three years from the date of origination.

    Gregory Miao

    Senior Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions

    Gregory works on issues related to active living, healthy housing, water quality, and alcohol control. Drawing upon his experience as a former municipal attorney and planner, Gregory wrote the Complete Parks Model Resolution. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

    Jessica Nguyen

    Staff Planner, ChangeLab Solutions

    Jessica supports planning and policy work related to health equity, active living, transportation, and housing. She is the primary author of Complete Parks Indicators and has experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and affordable housing advocacy. Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Washington and master's degrees in city planning and public health from UC Berkeley.

  • Parks and Recreation Supporting Mental Health Challenges

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The session will provide an overview of mental health issues facing us as a society, increase awareness of the myriad of disorders that exist, and how the park and recreation industry can play a role in providing support to mental health agencies, mental health professionals, and individuals who suffer from mental illness, as well as those who want to maintain good mental health.

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    Mental illness in the United States has become pervasive, with individuals suffering from many disorders. There are opportunities for practitioners in our field to support mental health challenges that many individuals face every day. The session will provide an overview of mental health issues facing us as a society, increase awareness of the myriad of disorders that exist, and how the park and recreation industry can play a role in providing support to mental health agencies, mental health professionals, and individuals who suffer from mental illness, as well as those who want to maintain good mental health.

    It is a well known fact that exercise can improve physical health. Research also suggests that exercise is beneficial for mental health. New research reveals a clear link between well-being and immersion in nature. The session will explore examples of agencies from around the country that are doing their part to create better mental health in their communities.


    Session Length: 1.25 Hours

    Credit: 0.1


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

    April Chambers

    Vice President, National Alliance for Mental Illness

    First Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Also certified instructor for one of NAMI’s programs called Ending the Silence. This is a course for high school and college students encouraging them to talk about their thoughts and struggles. 

    Barbara Heller

    President, Heller and Heller Consulting, LLC

    Barbara Heller is 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 10 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 in Naperville, Illinois and the Executive Director of the Elk Grove, Illinois Park District. Heller has held other positions with municipal government organizations in Arlington, TX, Montgomery County, MD and Prince William County, VA.  All of her experience has been with park systems.

    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.