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Access guidance on how to select and define vocabulary words for the lesson plan(s) you create for the NPS Educators Portal.
Learn how to make the background information in your lesson plan bring your park to life within the context of a classroom curriculum.
Objectives inform students of the purpose of the lesson & what they can expect to learn by the end of the lesson or activity. Learn how to create quality objectives for your lesson plans.
Essential Questions help focus content on the crucial & important parts of a lesson. Good questions provoke thought & encourage students to think critically about the subject.
A selection of resources for anyone tasked with training and/or coaching interpreters, or anyone interested in beginning to develop those skills.
Describes the competency (knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors) for interpreting climate change in the NPS; identifies a standard for success.
This resource raises awareness of the current NPS service-wide strategic plans available as well as a new framework applicable to your individual plans.
Explore what 21st Century Skills are and begin to think about how you can address them in the education programs at your site.
Learn how to understand your audience & choose techniques that maximize the connection students make with parks & the learning opportunities that can occur.
Share ideas and discuss how to build relevant education programs in national parks. The resources and ideas expressed here were created from the For Educators, By Educators monthly webinar.
This easy-to-read chart outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of techniques for facilitated dialogue.
Learn how to align education standards to your park's education program to ensure that a higher level of learning is attained by students.
A long-range plan places greater emphasis on what the future will look like (develop the vision). A strategic plan focuses on how to achieve the vision.
Audience Centered Experience Pop-Up Examples- Interpretation
There are hundreds of professional development opportunities offered by national parks this resource provides a few tips to help you think about planning
Via a study conducted by New York University's Dolly Chugh, learn more about bias and strategies to reduce your implicit bias.
This page provides access to a "starter kit" of resources to help you develop and hone your skills in facilitated dialogue.
Facilitating a visitor's connection to the story of the place through techniques and interactions (interpretation) with the resource can catalyze care.
Use the questions in this guide – and the worksheet at the end -- to help you investigate a project’s rationale and to identify gaps and additional needs.
Dialogic questions are the heartbeat of audience-centered experiences. Here are guidelines and examples of dialogic questions.
This competency describes how interpreters and educators embrace site research and continuous collaborative learning about the relevance of their sites.
Describes how interpreters and educators develop critical self-awareness of values and bias as a means to better communicate with diverse audiences.
This page will help you understand the difference between orientation, information and interpretation – and when and why to provide these visitor services.
Tilden's 6 principles have remained useful to interpreters. Even the roots of the newest interpretive revolution in audience-centered experience reach back.
The Service-Learning Toolkit outlines the core components and quality standards of service-learning programming as an effective means of engaging youth.