EDUCATION sessions block 2

Tuesday, October 25  |  8:00am-9:15am


Including Children with Disabilities- Kimberly Miller & Carla Roth, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Ginger Walton, Ginger Walton

If summer camps and day camps are to live up to ADA standards, we must understand what makes an inclusive camp possible, successful, and sustainable. This session provides results from a comprehensive evaluation of six inclusive camps to access the processes currently being used. Additionally, the session translates these findings into strategies that may be implemented in a variety of settings to facilitate and sustain successful camp experiences.                                      


Room 213BC

Pricing for Success Cost Recovery in Recreation- Michael Clark and Teresa Penbrooke, GreenPlay

Why are your programs and facilities priced the way they are?  Tackle the issue of cost recovery head-on, gain the confidence of policy makers in your next budget hearing, and be able to explain pricing to all staff and customers.  Discover an exercise based on The Pyramid Pricing and Cost Recovery Model that will reflect your mission, and will allow you to show use of existing funds responsibly.  Build a philosophy that is justifiable and looks beyond just costs, to the value of services provided.                                            


Room 218AB

NOT ANOTHER MEETING?! - Dr. Maureen Dougherty, Lets Go with Dr. Mo

Meetings are necessary but not all meetings are essential or productive.  Do you know the average business reportedly spends 31 hours in "unproductive" meetings each month?  How much time do you spend attending or running meetings?  This session will focus on helping participants run a fun (yes, fun) and effective meeting, how to create a workable agenda, and will provide an assessment tool for you to evaluate the most recent meeting you attended.  Follow the recommendations in this session and people won't want to miss your meetings ever again!!                                        


Room 213D

Successful Change and The Force That Drive It - Wade Walcutt, Greensboro Parks and Recreation and Tim Moloney, Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks 

Change, engagement and culture. Sure, they’re three separate words, but let’s face it, no leader can afford to address one without the others, or even each one separately and sustain success. Many have heard “Change is difficult, not changing is fatal, join us as we take it a step further. We’ll show you pitfalls to avoid when implementing change, and we'll share the steps necessary to make real change and enhance engagement through changing culture.                                          


Room 219AB

Measuring health in your community using ISOPARC - Troy Carlton and Courtney Schultz, North Carolina State University  

Park and Recreation departments across the country are constantly challenged to document the value of the services they provide and the facilities they manage. For example, the City Parks Forum (2015) concluded that good evaluation related to the benefits of parks will better inform public policy about parks and provide a useful public health tool. In 2014 the National Recreation and Park Association in partnership with the Rand Corporation, advocated for the use of System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) as an effective method for quantifying the contribution of parks to physical activity and health. Advances in portable electronic technologies have created opportunities for efficient data collection in parks, recreation and school settings. This session will provide an overview of data collection in community settings using iSOPARC a free innovative iOS application designed to collect and store SOPARC data. In addition to standard data on physical activity levels and facility usage, iSOPARC permits the collection and exportation of photos, streamlining the identification, mapping, and spatial calculation of target areas. The presenters have extensively used iSOPARC in a variety of studies and communities across North Carolina, and have provided training for community members with no prior research background. Participants will learn the basic operation of iSOPARC and how the application can be used for evaluation efforts. Our goal is to empower communities, and agencies to more efficiently collect and use their own data in order to better quantify the benefits of parks and recreation in relation to health and wellness.                                        


Room 216AB

Managing your parks projects; from planning, design and construction- Andrew Pack and Wayne Robinson, Woolpert

This session will assist young and “seasoned”parks and recreational professionals on how to improve their skills for managing park projects in their community. 


Room 211AB


Room 212AB

Bullying and cyber-bullying: Is your program a safe environment? - Iryna Sharaievska and Sam Bradley, Appalachian State University 

This session will introduce professionals to the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying in North Carolina, with specific focus on youth programs. The presenters will cover main points in Anti-Bullying/ Anti-Harassment School Board policy and discuss its application in youth programs. The activities for prevention, intervention, and postvention will be illustrated. The presentation will also outline the role parents and administration play in creating safe environment for youth.

Leisure and Work-Life Balance  - Debby Singleton, Western Carolina University 

Is it possible for women leisure professionals to achieve a work-life balance? To find time for leisure pursuits to restore balance, recharge, and de-stress? We realize it is very important to find and create balance that makes the most of our opportunities and responsibilities.  We know that the ideal work-life balance varies between each person, changes throughout our life stages, and differs within in our professions.  So why do women recreation leaders feel like the “to do list”has to be complete before they can participate in leisure activities? Why is it so hard for women to find that work-life balance?   Why do non-recreational professionals view our jobs as “all leisure”? This session will explore the history and research of work-life balance. It will also provide participates with innovative ways to manage the demands on our time so we can enjoy our own “personal leisure”activities. 


Room 213A