Wednesday Educational Sessions


Wednesday Educational Sessions

9:45 - 10:45

All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time
Jill White
Parks today face the challenge of providing environments where all visitors can feel safe, secure and fully engaged.  Universal design increases usability, safety, health and social participation. In this presentation, participants will discover how applying the principles of universal design ultimately contribute to social equity and social sustainability in parks.

Creating Excitement For Your Parade
Ray Pulver
Looking for more entries for your parade?  Something different?  Find out how to research entries to add to the fun, color, and excitement of your parade.  This workshop discusses the entertainment value of a parade, the content to make a parade more entertaining, and how to obtain fun and creative entries.  The workshop will also provide ideas on how to have your parade if COVID-19 is still with us in the near future.

Managing Up, Down and All-Around During Times of Change
Leah Martinez, RJ Natal, Jessica Wallner, Ian Murdock
Do you keep your opinion bottled up and explode later? During these uncertain times have you felt more alone, left out of conversations and decisions in your city/town? Are you stuck in the middle between your staff and decisions your supervisor makes?  Have you heard NO a thousand times before you receive a yes?


11:00 - 12:00

Connecting the Dots for Health
Jo Burns
Parks and recreation is an essential dot in the big picture of health for communities, individuals and families.  What are Parks & Recreation professionals doing to make sure we are an integral “dot” in the picture both in times of crisis and calm?  What is national research showing?  What makes us a great fit to be part of the overall picture of health for our citizens, our communities and our state?  Who are the other “dots” filling out the picture of health? The picture of health looks different for all of us.  Together we can complete the picture of health by connecting all the dots!  Join us for a candid discussion to try and answer these compelling and complex questions.

Design Activism for Green Space Creation in Communities of Color
Jonathan Pacheco Bell, Ashley Hart, Ken Carson
This session introduces the design activism work of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. LANLT is a nonprofit community land trust that develops, builds, and operates parks and gardens exclusively in LA’s communities of color. The presentation will examine LANLT’s multifaceted activist approach to green space creation including: participatory design, policy reform, coalition building, and the organization’s signature community organizing model represented in its Park Equity Leadership Academy and green space stewardship programs. A case study of the Fellowship Garden of Love at Holmes developed in the Willowbrook community of South Central LA will illustrate an end-to-end design activism process that encourages Black and Latinx unity through collaborative gardening. Participants will also learn how community design processes can be employed to celebrate the outstanding historical and cultural contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the United States. The takeaways serve as a model for creating equitable parks and gardens in other cities, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates green space inequity in park-deprived, under resourced communities. In light of the pandemic, this presentation will be through video conferencing with an uplifting storytelling narrative approach including renderings and photos from our sites to bring it to life.

Maximizing your Supervisory Skills: Top Tips to take you from Coordinator to Supervisor in 3 years or Less!
Elizabeth Silva, Kate Miller
Moving from Coordinator to Supervisor can feel daunting and overwhelming. In this session you’ll learn how to SEEK, SHADOW, SERVE, and SHARE your way to the next level of your career. You’ll walk away with applicable tips and actionable items that you can implement immediately to help prepare you (or someone you supervise!) to accomplish a promotion from Coordinator to Supervisor.  

Sportsmanship: An Expectation for Youth Sports!
Lisa Licata
To improve and enhance the overall youth sports experiences for everyone, there must be an expectation of sportsmanship as well as a focus on learning in a fun-filled environment. This session will explore concepts, policies and actions designed to help youth sports providers understand the important role of sportsmanship in their overall efforts. Participants will also review how Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department is working to empower front-line staff to create a positive youth sports environment for all – athletes, parents, coaches, officials and administrators. 


12:15 - 1:15

All-Inclusive Special Needs
Chelsea Bollinger
Learn more about creating safe spaces for our all-inclusive friends! While focusing on The City of Menifee program Mighty Me and Be Mighty, and how to adjust during the pandemic to continue to support these friends!

Creating Virtual Events That Engage Attendees and Delight Sponsors
Michael Bleau
This session will go in-depth on the most important aspects to consider when producing hybrid or fully virtual events, and selling sponsorships to fund them.

Frank Carson, Christy McBride
This session focuses on how to empower staff to grow in their workplace through multiple strategies.  Included in the presentation will be a handout attendees can utilize afterward as an "Empowerment Cheat Sheet" for all levels of staffing from the part-time recreation leader, to a lifeguard, and parks maintenance crews to a recreation supervisor.  The presenters will offer empirical evidence from peer-reviewed academic journals as part of the presentation where recent studies demonstrate the effectiveness of empowerment in the workplace.

Swimming Through It - Defining Essential Aquatic Services during a Pandemic
Cory Hilderbrand, Lydie Gutfeld
In the ever changing environments of aquatic centers during the COVID pandemic, leaders must challenge themselves to find innovative options for staff development, community partnership, and mission driven programming. Attendees will discuss the evolution of aquatic center norms and work to define a new advocacy model for education elected officials, staff teams, and community members.