Competency: Creating Education Programs
- Do you want to truly engage students who visit your park?
- Do you want to connect with new audiences and diverse students?
- Do you want to take a deeper dive into educational standards?
This competency was designed with the education specialist in mind but offers the education technician and/or coordinator the tools they need to be successful in developing and implementing curriculum-based education in their park or office.
An NPS Education Professional Developer/Implementer is someone who:
- Coordinates educational services/program logistics
- Collaborates with internal and external partners and stakeholders
- Facilitates the development of educational programs, services, materials and/or personnel
- Evaluates educational programs/services/materials
As a result of this revised competency, a live and virtual 4-day course, Developing and Implementing Curriculum-based Education Programs and Services, was designed. The session topics for this course include:
- Relevancy in Educational Practices
- Practical Planning and Program Logistics
- Safety and Security Issues
- Funding: Internal and External Sources
- Short and Long Range Planning
- Organizational Culture of NPS and partners
- Educational Standards
- Learning Styles and Human Development
Below are a few resources used during the last course in March 2016:
- Achieving Relevance in Our 2nd Century – This plan helps the National Park Service ensure that our historic heritage, as a living part of our nation’s continuing story, has relevance to 21st-century audiences and learners, and that current and future generations are motivated to share in its preservation.
- Mapping Exercise Instructions – Use this exercise to help you generate ideas about potential partnerships and connections that can be made within your community.
- All In Accessibility in the NPS – The National Park Service Director created an Accessibility Task Force to recommend a more effective organizational approach to improving accessibility across the service. Consisting of a multidisciplinary team of park, regional, and servicewide leaders, the task force created this strategic plan with specific strategies on how to make parks and programs accessible to a broader range of audiences. These strategies are focused on actions needed to build momentum, augment capacity, and accelerate real improvements over the next five years (2015–2020).
- Educator Technology Toolkit – This toolkit lists technologies (e.g. apps, multimedia projects, interactive texts, etc.) and resources (e.g. presentation tools, writing support, etc.) educators can access to improve their programs and products.