MBN 2020 Course Notebook

The Course Notebook is designed to provide support as you apply knowledge and skills gained in class.


Thank you for your responses to our survey about the impact of the Coronavirus on your work. 74% of active participants completed the survey. 

We have a clearer picture of how we can support your learning during this time of national emergency response.

Here are some things that we learned from your responses:

  1. At this time, at least 72% of participants are on telework status, and 89% expect to be teleworking soon.
  2. More than two-thirds of respondents anticipate limited disruption in their ability to participate both short- and long-term.
  3. 98% of respondents expect to complete the course as planned, with only "little" or "some" impact to their participation.

Given the collective response, Managing by Network will continue as planned, following our current schedule and maintaining our certificate requirement of 10 live webinars.

However, we also heard that some individuals are experiencing disruptions in their ability to participate. 

To support everyone's continued participation, we will:

  1. Change our standard practice and record one session group each week. Participants in that group will be notified of the recording. Session recordings will be password protected and available to course participants for self-study.
  2. Closely monitor attendance. Should a participant not meet the completion requirements, we will address each individual's circumstance on a case by case basis, with input from their federal agency lead.

We remain committed to our Academy participants, and will look for ways to minimize disruption and maximize learning, as this emergency continues. 

Telework tools:

Managing by Network - Office Hours discussion 3/26

Microsoft Quick Start Guides

Agency guidance:

If you would like to receive course announcements via an alternate email address because of limited access to work email, contact us with updates. 

Coming Up: 

Session 9: Change Your Tack - Apr 1 & 2
Pre-webinar Assignment:


Homework and Deeper Dives:

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, Moses Chun, Program Specialist, Stewardship Institute, NPS, Lisa Van Alstyne, USFWS

On the Horizon:

Session 10: Calm the Waters - Apr 8 & 9

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

  • Strengthen Your Conflict Management Skills

Course materials listed with this arrow icon are recommended for self-study when you miss a webinar.

MBN 2020 Course Materials Archive

  • Session 08: Valuing Nature - Mar 18 & 19 Session 08: Valuing Nature - Mar 18 & 19

    Presentations: Understanding Ecosystem Services and Banking on Nature   Video Presentations: Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity - Science for Environment Policy, 6 mins   Additional Resources Banking On Nature: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge...

  • Session 07: Put the Wind in Your Sails - Mar 11 & 12 Session 07: Put the Wind in Your Sails - Mar 11 & 12

    Presentations Facilitation in Action & Facilitation Tools (PDF)   Video Presentations Making Meetings Work (video/podcast), 11 mins with Liz Madison Partnership Network Life Cycle (vide/podcast), 8 mins with Liz Madison A Facilitator's Best Practices (video, podcast), 18 mins with...

  • Session 06: Paddle Together - Mar 4 & 5 Session 06: Paddle Together - Mar 4 & 5

    Presentations: Partnership Check-Up: Assessing Partnership Health and Effectiveness (PDF) Launching the 2020 Case Study Program (PDF)   Peer to Peer Presentations: Alumni Case Studies: Jeremiah Martinez, USDA FS, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist, Conejos Peak...

  • Session 05: Cast a Wide Net - Feb 26 & 27 Session 05: Cast a Wide Net - Feb 26 & 27

    Presentations Successful Partnering: Power Dynamics and Cultural Differences Laws Guiding Community Engagement: FACA   Video Presentations:  Partner Cultural Awareness with Liz Madison 9 min, video/podcast  Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) with Karen...

  • Session 04: Smart Moves - Feb 12 & 13 Session 04: Smart Moves - Feb 12 & 13

    Presentations Building Savvy and Resilience in Your Partnership Network (PDF) Community Outreach and Federal Ethics Insights (PDF) Succession Planning (PDF)   Optional Homework Political Savvy - Strategies for Adapting to Change THINK of a change facing your...

  • Session 03: Find the Common Threads - Feb 5 & 6 Session 03: Find the Common Threads - Feb 5 & 6

    Presentations: Community Collaboration Toolbox Acts of Persuasion   Additional Video Resources:  Stakeholder Analysis (5 mins) and Decision Making Space (4 mins), video with Joy Lujan Collaborative Conservation - IAP2 Spectrum of Community Engagement, (11 mins), video...

  • Session 02: Belay On - January 29 & 30 Session 02: Belay On - January 29 & 30

    Presentations: Alpha Group: Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, USFWS and Richard Minnis, PhD, Chief, Branch of Applied Landscape Conservation Policy, National Conservation Training Center, USFWS USFWS Partnership Overview.pdf  USFWS NCTC Division of Training...

  • Session 01: Charting our Course - January 22 & 23 Session 01: Charting our Course - January 22 & 23

    Presentations Rules of Engagement (PDF) Managing by Network Course Overview 2020 (PDF) The Power of Active Listening (PDF)   Optional Activities and Resources to Explore Review the Class Roster. Identify at least two people in the course who you...

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Managing by Network 2020 FAQ

  • Getting Ready for 2020

    • Submit your photo using the confirmation form, or send it to academy.course@gmail.com by January 10, 2020.
    • Complete the Individual Training Needs Assessment by January 24, 2020.
    • Check the Course Roster to verify your group assignment.
    • Block off the Tech Test and all 17 webinar dates on your calendar. 
    • Webinar links will be sent via email. Add info@partnership-academy.net to your list of trusted recipients. 
    • Use the form on the right of this page to let us know of changes to your job title, contact info, or supervisor. 
  • Tips for the Academy Classroom

    • Our live webinars rely on your active participation! If you need to, reserve a conference room during webinar times so you can join in.
    • Please note that we do not record Academy sessions in order to encourage everyone to speak freely about their work in partnership, without concern about their comments being taken out of context.
  • Webinar Rules of Engagement

    • Webinars start on the hour.
    • Log in 5-10 minutes early to troubleshoot any technical difficulties.
    • Sign in with your first and last name, followed by your agency (ex: Jane Smith, BLM).
    • Call into the conference line, we do not use Webex for sound.
    • If you need to take a call, hang up and call back in when you are done; do not put our call on hold.
  • Webinar Groups: Days and Times

    Want to know which group you are assigned to? 

    Check the Course Roster

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


    • ALPHA cohort: 11AM Eastern, 10AM Central, 9AM Mountain, 8AM Pacific, 7AM Alaska, 6AM Hawaii, 5AM Samoa
    • BETA cohort: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 10AM Alaska, 9AM Hawaii, 8AM Samoa


    • GAMMA cohort: 11AM Eastern, 10AM Central, 9AM Mountain, 8AM Pacific, 7AM Alaska, 6AM Hawaii, 5AM Samoa
    • DELTA cohort: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 10AM Alaska, 9AM Hawaii, 8AM Samoa

    While participants are assigned to a cohort day and time for class size and planning purposes, we expect schedule conflicts.

    Participants may attend any one of the four webinars in any given week, as best suits their schedule.

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


  • What if I can't attend a session?

    While participants are assigned to a group day and time for class size and planning purposes, we expect schedule conflicts.

    You may attend any one of the four group webinars in any given week, as best suits your schedule.

    If you know you will miss a session, please email us. Here are some ways you can catch up:

    • Review session materials posted on the Course Notebook; you can receive credit for self-study work.
    • Invite a colleague to sit in for you and debrief later.
    • Follow up with a peer in the class or with the instructors if you have questions or would like to discuss what we covered in class.
  • Use of Individual Photos

    When you attend a meeting in person, people will naturally see your face. Our virtual classroom is no different. 

    • Photos facilitate conversations between students and instructors and help everyone get to know you. 
    • We will ask you to send us a photo before the first session of any course so that we can compile a roster of the whole class.
    • Photos will not be used for any other purpose without your written permission. 
    • If you would prefer to opt out of the photo request, please send us an alternate image to use in the classroom.


  • How to Join a Webinar

    The Academy hosts webinars using a phone conference line and Webex.

    Check your email for the weekly session reminder with the Webinar Links webpage and password. Contact us at academy.course@gmail.com if you need help finding it.

    New to Webex?

    • Follow these quick instructions to join Managing by Network the first time.
    • For more detailed instructions, download How to Join a Webinar (PDF).

    1. Join the phone line:

    • Conference Line: 866-836-7935
    • Conference Passcode: provided in the email announcement

    2. Join the Webinar: 

    • Webinar Link: this is unique for each Session and Group - posted on a private page at the website.
    • Webinar Password: provided in your email


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