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Reinforcing the Education Cornerstone

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very NRPA Congress is anchored by a strong offering of educational opportunities carefully selected to advance the most up-to-date and relevant
concepts and protocols in our field. These are accompanied by exciting
Off-Site Institutes (OSIs), workshops and, new this year, interactive Learning
Labs and the Learning Playground. All were met with success and useful feedback from attendees, which will inform our offerings for 2015. Now that all the
data is in from the 280 total sessions - including nine OSIs, eight Pre-Conference Workshops (PCWs) and 38 Speed Sessions - we're happy to share some
highlights related to the education side of NRPA's largest event of the year.
Top Picks
Attendees had an overwhelmingly
positive response to this year's new
class offerings, particularly the lively and interactive Learning Labs and
Learning Playground. " The Learning
Playground education sessions were
a smashing success thanks to the hard
work of our fun-loving presenters, " says
Tom Crosley, NRPA's education manager of conferences and schools. Indeed, this year's top-rated session, with
an average rating of 6.88 on a scale of 1
to 7, was Sandy Slade's Learning Playground program " Having a Ball - Creative Fitness Activities for All! "
Speed sessions - a series of quick,
lively and innovative 20-minute class-

es designed to energize and inspire -
continue to build a strong contingent
of participants. The top-rated Speed
Session for 2014 was NRPA Board
Member Neelay Bhatt's " Build Lifelong Customers...In Just 60 Seconds. "
Speed sessions will return for the third
year running in 2015.
Another new feature at this year's
conference, the Glass Room Sessions, were consistently packed
for classes like John Dargle and
Dody Erickson's " Beer and Pot in
the Parks - Really? " and " Creating High-Performance Parks and
Recreation Systems, " facilitated by
leading planner and designer David
Barth. These, too, will return with

David Barth, a planner, facilitator and designer with more than three decades of experience examining and reimagining public spaces, facilitates a Glass Room Session.

	

more thought leaders and hot topics
for discussion in 2015.
In the more traditional class settings, speaker Angela Summers'
presentation " The Art of W.A.R. -
Winning Admiration and Respect
from Your Employees, " was the most
highly attended session overall. While
there, participants learned how to gain
admiration and respect from employees by learning how to trust, empower and gain knowledge from them.
We all know the park and recreation
profession is one where knowledge is
readily shared and guidance willingly
offered, and 2014 conference attendees reinforced this truism by taking
time out to learn the best strategies for
positive and effective leadership.
For members who were unable to
join us in Charlotte this year, we've got
you covered, too! Visit www.nrpa.org/
Congress2014/Live-Streaming to view
10 of the most compelling sessions
from this year's event and gain half the
CEUs required for CPRP renewal.
Looking Ahead
We're in the planning process for next
year's conference in Las Vegas and
we're currently accepting proposals
for Speed Sessions you'd like to see in
our lineup of education offerings. Go
to www.nrpa.org/proposals to offer
your suggestions - submissions will
be accepted until next spring.
In the meantime, go to www.nrpa.
org/Congress2015 to keep abreast of all
the announcements, deadlines, contests
and more as we gear up for Vegas!
- Samantha Bartram, Associate Editor of Parks & Recreation Magazine

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