PRPS LEARNING NETWORKS
Learning Networks will provide a structure for members to engage with others of similar interests and expertise in training and social networking opportunities. They are designed to span a variety of competencies needed to excel in the field, and can be adapted to accommodate new trends and issues as needed. The following, based on the core competencies of park and recreation management, will be the first established:
- Administration (human resources, finance, planning)
- Aquatics (pools, splash pads, swim lessons, etc.)
- Athletics (tournaments, leagues, coaching, etc.)
- Emerging Professionals
- Facilities, Maintenance & Operations
- IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access
- Programs, Summer Camps & Special Events
- Therapeutic Recreation
In addition to the previously noted competencies, and as Networks advance, ad hoc committees can be established to meet the needs of members.
Learning Networks Liaisons
As with the former Branches, members will self-select into Learning Networks, and chose to engage as they see fit. While each Learning Network’s structure does not include an elected executive committee, it is expected that a volunteer Chair will be available to lead meetings and represent its interests to the Education Committee. The volunteer chair will be limited to a two-year term, with staff liaisons ensuring that replacements are secured prior to the completion of the two-year term. Volunteer chairs can also select to step down at any time as needed. Learning Networks will provide volunteer liaisons to report back to the following PRPS Committees:
- Education Committee (details listed below)
- Membership Committee
- Conference Program Committee
- DEI Committee
- Health & Wellness Committee
Learning Network Guidelines
- Each Learning Network should strive to meet, at minimum, 3-4 times annually. Meeting may be conducted virtually or in-person. PRPS staff will assist with securing zoom lines and/or facilities as well as secure times at
PRPS hosted events (i.e. annual conference, fall meeting)
- Provide at least one tangible resource (training, publication, survey, etc.) each year that will benefit the PRPS Membership.
- Work with the Conference Committee liaison/s to provide or suggest educational topics, speakers (with contact details) for consideration at the Annual Conference
Fall Learning Network Calls
During our fall Learning Network calls, we will secure our LN Liaisons that will represent the Network on the Education Committee along with a rep from each PRPS District. To help PRPS remain relevant to its members and influential in a changing environment and emerging industry trends, the Education Committee will assist staff in planning and promoting a comprehensive slate of continuous learning opportunities, in-person and virtual, throughout the year. The Committee will be comprised of one representative from each Learning Network and District to aid in:
Identifying new topic areas, speakers, and locations for trainings and workshops
Ensuring educational opportunities remain fresh, on trend, and align with core competencies
Assisting in the planning of the annual training calendar
Establishing appropriate participation rates for trainings and workshops
Assessing and implementing NRPA educational resources, themes, and initiatives as appropriate
Providing input into training and education-related member surveys and evaluating results
Coordinating appropriate social networking events.
Each fall, the Education Committee and staff will determine annual goals for the Learning Networks, based on member training needs, to expand educational, networking, and problem-solving opportunities.
Learning Network Schedule
Please note that all meetings will occur at 12 noon on its coordinating schedule date.
September 21 - IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access
September 27 – Emerging Professionals
October 3 - Programs, Summer Camp, Special Events
October 5 - Aquatics (pools, splash pads, swim lessons, etc.)
PRPS VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES
PRPS continues to host Virtual Roundtables to provide a networking platform for members to share the challenges and issues they are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. Join us to brainstorm ideas and share creative ways to cope with closures, new work restrictions, future unknowns, and how to move forward during this stressful time. Take this opportunity to share and learn with peers from across Pennsylvania. We are stronger together!