Skills Development Webinar Series - 2020

Skills Development Webinar Series - 2020
The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. By registering, you gain access to 11 webinars, one per month February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers and leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Utilizing the Zoom platform, registrants can participate in live webinars or access recordings on-demand. Space is limited, and participants must designate Wednesday or Thursday at the time of registration. The 2020 faculty and curriculum is sure to please, so team up with your colleagues and come join us for some high-quality and interactive learning!

To Register: Login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". If you are not an IPRA member, first create an account, login, then register for the program.

Fee: $250.00 IPRA Member / $350.00 Non-Member

Cancellations: Cancellations received on or before January 31, 2020 are eligible for a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations received after January 31, 2020. 

What You Get: A webinar schedule and sign-in sheet will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of registration. Webinar recordings and corresponding hand-outs (if any) will be made available monthly. Registration includes a monthly login link for live webinars and access to previously-recorded webinars (2020 only).

How to Watch: Webinars are delivered via Zoom. Attendees can participate in the webinars from a computer, laptop, or any smart device. Logins may be used from one computer for individual or group participation. Sessions are regularly held on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of each month (subject to change). All times listed at CENTRAL STANDARD TIME. Though not required, attendees are encouraged to sign up for a free Zoom account and download the platform prior to participating in the webinars: https://zoom.us/meetings

CEUs: Series approved for a total of 1.1 CEUs, or 0.1 per month (Continuing Education Units are for CPRE and CPRP Certification). 

Questions: CLICK HERE to view the Webinar Series homepage, or contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at duane@ilipra.org.

Program

   

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

 
In the park and recreation field, we empower others to play, participate, and enjoy their leisure time. By creating environments conducive to innovative thinking, we empower others to rise above the status quo. As staff, how do we power up our own creativity to produce fresh and new ideas, especially when dealing with old, repetitive problems? In this session, you'll jumpstart creativity for yourself and those around you by choosing tools to construct an 'Innovation Equation'.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 20 February 2020

 
In the park and recreation field, we empower others to play, participate, and enjoy their leisure time. By creating environments conducive to innovative thinking, we empower others to rise above the status quo. As staff, how do we power up our own creativity to produce fresh and new ideas, especially when dealing with old, repetitive problems? In this session, you'll jumpstart creativity for yourself and those around you by choosing tools to construct an 'Innovation Equation'.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

 
From aesthetics to zeal, there are countless ways to improve social media engagement. Learn how to use personas, analytics, scheduling, and story-telling to increase both effectiveness and efficiency. You'll learn how to stop wasting time and energy with ineffective posts while adding content which attracts true fans and followers. Finally, we'll critique actual social media posts exploring content, timing, and consistency.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 19 March 2020

 
From aesthetics to zeal, there are countless ways to improve social media engagement. Learn how to use personas, analytics, scheduling, and story-telling to increase both effectiveness and efficiency. You'll learn how to stop wasting time and energy with ineffective posts while adding content which attracts true fans and followers. Finally, we'll critique actual social media posts exploring content, timing, and consistency.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

 
As we push to improve diversity, new conversations are emerging daily. Beyond cultural diversity, successful organizations are creating programs and policies which respect, honor, and even celebrate diversity of age, gender identification, physical and emotional abilities, religion, immigration status, and so much more.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 16 April 2020

 
As we push to improve diversity, new conversations are emerging daily. Beyond cultural diversity, successful organizations are creating programs and policies which respect, honor, and even celebrate diversity of age, gender identification, physical and emotional abilities, religion, immigration status, and so much more.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

 
As our communities become stressed or undergo change, attention to the aspects of quality of life and green infrastructure that Park and Recreation can bring become even more important. This session will include innovations in systems planning and management practices that can help agencies better address current topics such as dealing with homelessness, economic development, climate resiliency, addiction and stress management, preventative health, social engagement, alternative transportation, stormwater management, along with typical core services.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 21 May 2020

 
As our communities become stressed or undergo change, attention to the aspects of quality of life and green infrastructure that Park and Recreation can bring become even more important. This session will include innovations in systems planning and management practices that can help agencies better address current topics such as dealing with homelessness, economic development, climate resiliency, addiction and stress management, preventative health, social engagement, alternative transportation, stormwater management, along with typical core services.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

 
From the time we are born we are taught the difference between right and wrong. How do we translate these seemingly simple ideas into our professionals lives? Use this webinar as a way to bring staff together with board members and volunteers to discuss values, tolerance, integrity, fairness, conflict of interest, and equality. In today's political climate, there has never been a better time to discuss and debate our own code of conduct and civility. By cultivating an ethical workplace, you will create a safe and fair work environment as well as a more motived and trustworthy team.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 18 June 2020

 
From the time we are born we are taught the difference between right and wrong. How do we translate these seemingly simple ideas into our professionals lives? Use this webinar as a way to bring staff together with board members and volunteers to discuss values, tolerance, integrity, fairness, conflict of interest, and equality. In today's political climate, there has never been a better time to discuss and debate our own code of conduct and civility. By cultivating an ethical workplace, you will create a safe and fair work environment as well as a more motived and trustworthy team.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

 
In 2017, Gold Medal winning Chicago park District partnered with PROS Consulting team of industry experts and former Disney cast members and embarked on a groundbreaking customer service initiative. The goal was to build a Disney-like culture of leadership and guest service excellence in a mammoth parks and recreation organization. Now, two years later, learn about the successes and struggles the team has encountered along with way. Discover how you can create employee happiness and buy-in, build internal advocacy and accountability, and create loyal customers.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 16 July 2020

 
In 2017, Gold Medal winning Chicago park District partnered with PROS Consulting team of industry experts and former Disney cast members and embarked on a groundbreaking customer service initiative. The goal was to build a Disney-like culture of leadership and guest service excellence in a mammoth parks and recreation organization. Now, two years later, learn about the successes and struggles the team has encountered along with way. Discover how you can create employee happiness and buy-in, build internal advocacy and accountability, and create loyal customers.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

 
Rarely is the leadership path without obstacles, bumps in the road, and missteps. Everyone experiences set-backs in their careers from job loss to feeling undervalued. Learn how to use disappointment and defeats for motivation and growth. Discover how high-achieving people use the challenging and disappointing experiences to renew goals, build relationships, and reevaluate priorities - all while maintaining dignity, positivity, and respect for self and others.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 20 August 2020

 
Rarely is the leadership path without obstacles, bumps in the road, and missteps. Everyone experiences set-backs in their careers from job loss to feeling undervalued. Learn how to use disappointment and defeats for motivation and growth. Discover how high-achieving people use the challenging and disappointing experiences to renew goals, build relationships, and reevaluate priorities - all while maintaining dignity, positivity, and respect for self and others.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 09 September 2020

 
It's easy to fill our schedules with activities and meetings, but results require more than just working long hours and having a full calendar. This session introduces tools and insights to help every person get back in control of their lives, build meaning into their work, and create better outcomes for their organization.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 17 September 2020

 
It's easy to fill our schedules with activities and meetings, but results require more than just working long hours and having a full calendar. This session introduces tools and insights to help every person get back in control of their lives, build meaning into their work, and create better outcomes for their organization.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

 
Learn how to insure your agency's future success by identifying and developing new leaders who can replace those that resign or retire. Motivate and inspire your staff as you increase experience, education, confidence, and capabilities in your current team.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 15 October 2020

 
Learn how to insure your agency's future success by identifying and developing new leaders who can replace those that resign or retire. Motivate and inspire your staff as you increase experience, education, confidence, and capabilities in your current team.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

 
Whether you want to create new events or grow the ones you already have, this workshop will teach methods to advance your agency's overall event strategy and form more effective committees and marketing. Learn to better align events to your mission as well as the needs of community partners in order to increase ROI for everyone involved.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 19 November 2020

 
Whether you want to create new events or grow the ones you already have, this workshop will teach methods to advance your agency's overall event strategy and form more effective committees and marketing. Learn to better align events to your mission as well as the needs of community partners in order to increase ROI for everyone involved.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

 
Learn what steps you can take during various stages of your career to strengthen your competitive advantage. Develop a career strategy to help you achieve success as you climb career ladders. Dirk Richwine, NRPA's 2019 Professional of the Year, will discuss how awards, certifications, and volunteerism both in and out of the parks and recreation field can help build credibility, value, and legacy.
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
10:15 AM

Thursday, 17 December 2020

 
Learn what steps you can take during various stages of your career to strengthen your competitive advantage. Develop a career strategy to help you achieve success as you climb career ladders. Dirk Richwine, NRPA's 2019 Professional of the Year, will discuss how awards, certifications, and volunteerism both in and out of the parks and recreation field can help build credibility, value, and legacy.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
12:00 PM

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