Managing by Network

Course Schedule

The Managing by Network class will start Feb 13 and end June 27.

Managing by Network is a community as much as it is a class. 
 
The lapse of funding impacted 90% of the class, across seven different agencies: BLM, EPA, NPS, NOAA, USFWS, USFS, and USGS. Our 2019 class will also include participants from [AGENCIES].
 
We delayed the start of the class in order to provide everyone in this community with the opportunity to take part in our peer learning network.
 

PDF Version of the Schedule

2019 Course Overview

Start Date: February 13 or 14, 2019

End Date: June 26 or 27, 2019

Course Format: 17 live webinars and 3 optional study halls. Participants meet weekly for two hours, in four seminar sized groups. Attendees may participate on the day and time of their choice based on 4 options.

  • Sessions 1-5:  Explore Practices

  • Sessions 6-11:  Strengthen Skills

  • Sessions 12-17:  Build Trust

Managing by Network is presented in 17 webinar sessions over six months. 

On Wednesdays or Thursdays from February to June, participants attend a live, two-hour webinar. 

Two Study Hall weeks are interspersed in the course schedule and a two-week Study Hall will follow the 17th live webinar. These Study Halls will provide course participants with the opportunity to complete self-study of missed webinars, and further explore the course instructional materials. Participation in Study Hall activities is optional.

Each of the 17 sessions is offered as a live webinar, in seminar sized groups, at four different times. 

During the application process, individuals indicate a preferred day and time for the webinar that best fits their schedule. We make every effort to accommodate these preferences. 

Manging by Network webinars meet as follows:

Wednesdays

  • Alpha Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET
  • Beta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET

Thursdays

  • Gamma Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET
  • Delta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET 

Because the Academy observes Daylight Saving Time, class times will change accordingly in March.

Tech Test: February 13 or 14 

Hosted by Anne Desmarais and Liz Madison

Learn how to use WebEx and navigate the Academy classroom

Join us for an optional 30 minute Tech Test, on Wednesday and Thursday at:

  • 11:00 - 11:30am ET
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm ET

We'll help you troubleshoot any technical difficulties before Session 1 on February 20 or 21.

Session 1: Charting our Course - February 20 or 21

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, Peter Williams and Jane Hanson

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Tour of the WebEx Classroom and Virtual Campus
  • Course Overview
  • Collaborative Leadership

Session 2: Belay On - February 27 or 28

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, and Agency Guest Speakers

  • Agency Leadership Perspective on Partnership and Community Collaboration with Guest Speakers

  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Competencies

  • Building Savvy and Resilience in Your Partnership Network

Session 3: Find the Common Threads - March 6 or 7

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais

  • Understanding Partner Cultural Awareness
  • Teambuilding and Leveraging Partnerships
  • The Power of Active Listening

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 10

Session 4: See the Possibilities - March 13 or 14

Instructors: Peter Williams, PhD, Anne Desmarais, Natalie Sexton, Chief, Human Dimensions Branch, USFWS; and video instructor Wolf Cota, Former National Information Collections Officer (ICO), Office of Regulatory and Management Services

  • Think Like a Social Scientist
  • Seeking Public Input and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
  • Succession Planning

Session 5: Cast a Wide Net - March 20 or 21

Instructors: Liz Madison, Peter Williams, PhD, Kevin Connally, Regional HCP Coordinator, Region 5 Office, USFWS; and video instructor Karen SimmsAssistant Field Manager, Gila District, Tucson Field Office

  • Community Collaboration and the Edwards Aquifer
  • A Closer Look at the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)

Session 6: Reflect on the Journey - March 27 or 28

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Managing by Network Alumni

  • Launching the 2019 Case Study Program
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Alumni Case Studies
  • Partnership Check-Up: Assessing Partnership Health and Effectiveness

Study Hall 1: Week of April 1

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments

  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm EST Thurs April 4 with Liz Madison

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed

  • Networking: reach out to peers or instructors by email, phone, Facebook or in person

  • Apply your learning on the job

Session 7: Paddle Together - April 10 or 11 

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Leigh Goldberg, and video instructor Joy Lujan, Former Community Planner, Collaboration Clinics, RTCA, NPS 

  • Community Collaboration Toolbox: Stakeholder Analysis and Spectrum of Community Engagement

  • One Tam: Community Collaboration Practices

Session 8: Change Your Tack - April 17 or 18

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, and video instructor Denis Desmarais

  • Interest Based Negotiation
  • Acts of Persuasion

Session 9: Put the Wind in Your Sails - April 24 or 25

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

  • Partnership Network Life Cycle
  • Facilitation in Action

Session 10: Calm the Waters - May 1 or 2

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Susan Goodwin, Collaboration and Conflict Management Specialist, DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR)

  • Strengthen Your Conflict Management Skills

Session 11: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes - May 8 or 9

Instructors: Peter Williams, PhD, Anne Desmarais, and John Titre, District Staff Officer, Trails, Recreation, Lands & Special Uses, Coronado National Forest, USFS

  • Partnerships and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 
  • Asset Based Community Development

Session 12: Look Beneath the Surface - May 15 or 16

Instructors: Peter Williams, PhD, and Anne Desmarais

  • Entrepreneurship and Risk Assessment

  • Project Management, Planning and Evaluation

Session 13: Adapting to Change - May 22 or 23

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Peer Presenters 

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2019 Case Studies

    • Alpha: Marcia Pradines, USFWS, Refuge Project Leader, Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, MD

    • Beta: Nancy Kastning, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, and Jamie Garcia, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM

    • Gamma: Mary (MJ) Byrne, BLM, Special Assistant to State Director for RAC, Partnerships, Ed. & Interp., Youth, Volunteering, Idaho State Office, ID

    • Delta: Lucy Maldonado, USFS, Prince of Wales Island Planning Staff, Tongass National Forest, Thorne Bay and Craig Ranger District, AK

  • Accountability Practices

Study Hall 2: Week of May 27

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments

  • Office Hours: chat with an instructor and other classmates, 2-3pm EDT Thurs May 30 with Anne Desmarais

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed

  • Networking: reach out to peers or instructors by email, phone, Facebook or in person

  • Apply your learning on the job

Session 14: Get Your Ducks in a Row - June 5 or 6

Instructors: Peter Williams, PhD, Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais
 
  • Perspectives on Working with Permittees

  • Community Outreach and Federal Ethics Insights

Session 15: Smart Moves - June 12 or 13

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Peter Williams, PhD and Peer Presenters

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2019 Case Studies

    • Alpha: Jeanne Stevens, USFS, Tribal Relations Specialist, Coconino National Forest, AZ
    • Beta: Ally Lane, NOAA, Fish Biologist, West Coast Region, CA
    • Gamma, Delta: Rachel Neuenfeldt, USFS, Partnership and Community Engagement Specialist, Wayne National Forest, OH
 
  • Working with Foundations and Corporations

Session 16: Community Connections - June 19 or 20

Instructors: Liz Madison and Anne Desmarais

  • Seven Faces of Partnership and Philanthropy
  • Managing Agreements and Pooled Funding

Session 17: Commencement - June 26 or 27

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Peer Presenters

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2019 Case Studies (Commencement Speakers)

    • Alpha: Katy Kuhnel, BLM, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Challis Field Office, Idaho State BLM, ID
    • Beta: Rebecca Wong, BLM, Monument Manager, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, CA
    • Gamma: TBD
    • Delta: Karl Honkonen, USFS, Watershed Forester, Northeast Area/State & Private Forestry, NH
  • Gathering In

  • Graduation

Study Hall 3: July 1 - 15

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn. 

This final study hall period allows time to complete and submit any additional self-study for the course. All coursework must be completed by July 15 to receive credit.

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments 
  • Networking: reach out to peers or instructors by email, phone, Facebook or in person
  • Apply your learning on the job

Managing by Network Overview

MBN Overview

  Managing by Network FAQ  

MBN FAQ

Instructors

MBN Instructors

Liz Madison

Director and Lead Instructor

Anne Desmarais 

Assistant Director and Peer Learning Coordinator

Peter Williams, PhD

Associate Director

 

 

 

 

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