Developing Emotional Resilience in the Face of Climate Change Series
Instructor: Kara Stella
October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; November 2, 4
Class meets Thursdays from 10a-11:30a Pacific/1-2:30p Eastern & optional check in sessions take place Tuesdays from 11a-12p Pacific/2-3p Eastern
Time required (including homework):
CE Credits towards NAI Certification:
25 hours will be awarded if participants complete all assignments. Partial credit can also be earned.
We live in challenging times; behind COVID and more, climate change and the sixth great extinction looms. It is such a potentially divisive juggernaut, many interpreters are left feeling immobilized and alone considering how to approach it internally, much less in our work. This 5-week series, based on The Work that Reconnects, supports the experience of our own deep resilience in approaching climate change with courage. Through dialogic and interpretive group activities (you are free to take, adapt and use), we will create a space to feel deeply and share honestly about climate change - vital skills that will enrich our interpretive programs to be more alive and connected. Upon completion, you should feel grounded, grateful and inspired to move forward.
This live portion will be held on Zoom paired with an online classroom environment where we will get to know one another, have discussions and you will be given activities to do between live sessions. These activities might be journaling, short nature experiences, or dialogic activities to be completed in pairs.
In week one
, we will meet each other, discuss the basis for the work and dialogue on our personal and professional relationship to climate change interpretation.
In week two
, we will dig into our gratitude for what we value and use it as a tool to deal with adversity with grace and grounding.
In week three
, we will honor our pain for the world as we turn towards what we have lost and face to lose. In the grieving process, we awaken to what matters and can use that as fuel for action.
In week four,
we lean into deep time as we begin to see with new (and ancient) eyes, which allow for new strategies and ideas.
In week five
, we look toward the future, feeling empowered to approach life and our interpretation with active hope and strong support.
Kara Stella is the Interpretive Coach and Trainer for Yosemite National Park. She has a degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University. She has been in the field of interpretation for 22 years. A facilitator, trainer, and storyteller, Kara draws from The Work that Reconnects for her climate change work.
As part of our Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility initiative, NAI is offering this workshop on a pilot, sliding scale, “pay what you can” model. A sliding scale fee structure gives all interpreters the opportunity to access this content as we all grapple with climate change amidst a global pandemic. We want everyone to attend, and we appreciate your support of NAI’s non-profit mission of inspiring leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession. Please select the rate you can pay and note that higher levels help to support those that cannot. (Course is valued at $275 member/$350 nonmember rate.)
Interpretive Leadership Institute
Primary Instructor: Tom Moffatt Ed D. Interpretive Resources Group LLC
Fees: $600 member/$675 non (not including course materials, which will be less than $40)
Course Dates: Jan 11, 25; Feb 8, 22; March 8, 22; April 5, 19
Tuesdays 10 am – 1 pm PST (noon – 3 pm CST)
Individual one-on-ones to be scheduled during or immediately after the course between me and each participant.
CEUs: 40 hours
Program Overview: A multi-session, online training program for emerging leaders in interpretation wishing to increase and practice leadership skills in a supportive and growth environment.
- Offer a structured program of formal leadership and management training to NAI members wishing to improve their skills in these areas
- Support NAI Interpretive Standards with aligned training, specifically in relation to leadership and management standards as well as CIM requirements
- Create a space where participants can learn the theory behind management and leadership skills, practice them, and then reflect on the results within a supportive community of
- Assist members with skill development in pursuit of the CIM certification
- Participants will develop and refine a personal leadership mission statement
- Participants will create a vision plan and a strategic plan for their leadership work.
- Participants will create and practice a team management plan, during the course of the program, and participate in reflective exercises to fine tune their leadership and management skills.
Why do we lead? Do you aspire to be an interpretive leader? Do you feel like your experiences to date haven’t fully prepared you for this kind of work? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Whether the teams you lead are program participants, volunteers and docents, or the staff of a large interpretive organization; effective leadership skills are critical to success! Developing your leadership abilities is as critical as learning the techniques you’ve used as an interpreter. Whether you’re early in your career or already working in a leadership position, this course will be help new and emerging leaders navigate the transition from front-line interpretation to leadership. Working as part of a collaborative cohort you’ll build a peer network to support your future endeavors! From theoretical to practical, you’ll emerge with a greater understanding of the concepts surrounding leadership, an inventory of your own leadership strengths, and a plan to apply them to your interpretive career!
Join a cohort of your peers for an in-depth series using current research in leadership to:
- Explore leadership theory and the associated work of supervision and management.
- Explore the relationships between meaning making, vision, and strategy and their application to leading in real-world settings.
- Practice using tools to gain insight into your own motivations and those of the people you lead
- Practice and hone your supervisory and management skills for managing crises, challenging personalities, delegation, prioritization, time management, and more
- Develop a personalized leadership mission statement
- Create a personal leadership development plan
We’ll meet every other week to discuss assigned readings and discover how to take ideas from theory to practical application in your work. Between sessions you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your day-to-day work and to reflect on what’s working well and where you need more practice as you build a custom portfolio of skills. Virtual meetings will be augmented with reflective writing and online discussions where participants will be able to engage in mutual troubleshooting, discussions, and support with the rest of the cohort. Each participant will also be able to schedule two, one-on-one sessions with the instructor during or up to six months after course.
Participants will finish this program with an increased understanding of heritage leadership, a deeper understanding of their own strengths and motivations as leaders, and a roadmap to guide them forward on their professional adventures as heritage leaders!
Moving Interpretation Forward: Engaging our Visitors Virtually
Over the last year+, many interpreters have had to change the way they practice interpretation. Even now a year later, many aren’t quite sure how to best engage with the public and asking themselves questions that range from what platform(s) might be best to how to meet accessibility standards and what to carry forth into our post COVID-19 world. In March-April, 2021 NAI hosted a six week training on many of these topics. The live webinars were recorded and are available for single purchase below. Watch one, three or all!
Purchase the webinar recordings.