Education Institute: The Road Ahead

Education Institute: The Road Ahead
The Education Institute is a new virtual event designed to deliver highly-concentrated curriculum focusing on specific topics and trends. Moderated by podcasters Marissa Moravec (Mundelein) and Mark Dolphin (Wheaton), this year’s Institute will focus on the things driving every-day conversations at the office and at home: RECOVERY and WELLNESS. This event will feature a coffee talk with NRPA Open Space Radio podcasters Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton, reveal important recovery data from research done with Illinois leaders, include an intriguing State of the Park and Recreation Union, identify stress levels and ways to reduce stressors, and culminate with an entertaining keynote who knows a thing or two about how to use disruption to incite creativity. This one-of-a-kind event is generously sponsored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation, Cunningham Recreation, and PDRMA. Come join your colleagues for a unique experience you simply don’t want to miss!

Schedule            Speaker(s)  
8:30 a.m. - Coffee Talk with Cort and Roxanne      Cort & Roxanne    
9:05 a.m. - The Reveal: Illinois Research Study      Dr. Laure Payne  
9:55 a.m. - State of the Park & Recreation Union      Jamie Sabbach  
10:40 a.m. - Under the Influence......of Stress      Corey Ciocchetti     
11:30 a.m. - Disruption & Creativity: View from Piano Bar      Gregory Offner  

Who Should Attend:
Student members seeking to get a look ahead at the industry, as well as Supervisors, Managers, Superintendents, and Executive Directors of varying special interests that want useful data to help make informed decisions.

To Register:
 Login to your IPRA account, select "Register Myself", then register for the event. If you do not have one, create an account (membership not required), then register for the event as a Student or Professional. Registration deadline is Monday, April 5, 2021.

Fee:      Student Member      Member          Non-Member       
                $10.00       $65.00             $95.00       
                Not an IPRA member? CLICK HERE and join today! 

How to Participate: The event will take place via Zoom Webinar. It is not required to have an account, but the web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first meeting from a computer. Attendees can also participate from a smart device using the Zoom app, or can use the call-in feature. Upon registering for the event with IPRA, participants will be emailed an invitation from Zoom to register for the protected join link. If you have not received the invitation by 9:0 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, please contact Duane Smith at

Transcription Services: Live transcriptions are available to participants via at no additional charge. Instructions will be provided to those indicating at registration they require the service to participate.

Cancellations: Refunds will be issued to requests received on or before April 5, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline.  

CEUs: Program is approved for 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, CTRS). Attendees must be in attendance for the full event in order to receive CEUs. 

Questions: Contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at
                               EVENT SPONSORS

4/7/2021 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Zoom Webinar


Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Log in early with a cup of coffee or your favorite morning beverage and get acclimated with NRPA Open Space Radio podcasters Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton. Featuring an engaging conversation and entertaining stories, this fun group will get your day started off right and prepare you for the Education Institute’s various programs.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
4/7/2021 8:30 AM

Findings from a statewide survey conducted with Illinois leaders on how agencies have navigated challenges and opportunities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in the last 13 months will be shared and discussed. Included will be information about specific strategies and resources agencies have used and relied upon to navigate the ever-changing circumstances and position (or reposition) themselves for success beyond the pandemic.
9:05 AM - 9:45 PM
4/7/2021 9:05 AM

We can always learn a thing or two from each other. We sometimes just forget to ask. Listen in to hear how fellow park and recreation professionals from across the country are coping with today’s realities, what innovative things they have done in response to the pandemic, and what they think lies ahead.
9:55 AM - 10:35 AM
4/7/2021 9:55 AM

Stress is omnipresent. It lurks in every nook and cranny of our typical day, especially in this last year of the pandemic. The problem is that excessive stress has major negative repercussions on our bodies and behavior. It disrupts our immune system, long-term memory, and sleep habits. Stress causes anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, tense muscles, and, in the worst cases, heart disease. But, perhaps more important, stress removes our motivation to be authentic, to help others, and to chase after character. Corey believes that carrying some stress is a good thing – it can motivate you to face life’s important challenges. Corey is going to help you identify your current stress level and evaluate twenty ways to decrease the minor stressors in your life. Once you lower your stress score, you can focus and, hopefully deal better with today's challenging circumstances.
10:40 AM - 11:20 AM
4/7/2021 10:40 AM

Gregory Offner knows a little something about disruption, and he is going to share his personal and inspiring story about how he’s successfully navigated through some of life’s unique challenges using a bit of ingenuity and creativity. Infusing this keynote with a little piano bar fun, Gregory will discuss how to identify your Eureka moment(s) and how to capitalize on them for the road ahead.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4/7/2021 11:30 AM

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