MBN 2022 Course Notebook

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! 

Materials, resources, and homework posted below will be available until June 2023.

Questions? Reach out to info@partnership-academy.net

MBN 2022 Course Materials Archive

  • Session 0: Tech Test and Orientation Session 0: Tech Test and Orientation

    Presentations: MbN 2022 Orientation (PDF) MbN 2022 Welcome Packet (PDF) Fun Fact: The iconic bridge used in our Academy materials is the Boulder Bridge in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC. Instructors: Anne Desmarais and Jane Hanson

  • Session 1: Charting Our Course Session 1: Charting Our Course

    Presentations:  Introductions: Getting to Know You (PDF) Course Overview (PDF) A Look at Competencies: Spotlight on Accountability (PDF) President Biden Administration Leadership (PDF)   Optional Homework (Download the fillable PDF):  Website Scavenger...

  • Session 2: See the Possibilities Session 2: See the Possibilities

    Agency Perspectives on Partnership and Community Collaboration ALPHA  USFWS, Natalie Sexton, Chief, Human Dimensions Branch, National Wildlife Refuge System. Resource: HDgov website; Lisa Van Alstyne, Fish & Wildlife Administrator, Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration...

  • Session 3: Head, Heart, and Hands Session 3: Head, Heart, and Hands

    Presentations:  Collaborative Leadership (PDF) Partnership Network Life Cycle (PDF)   Optional Homework  Assigning Collaborative Leadership Practices (PDF) Leadership Compass Exercise (PDF)   Additional Resources: Collaborating Consciously, by...

  • Session 4: Find the Common Threads Session 4: Find the Common Threads

    Presentations: Appreciative Inquiry and Asset-Based Community Development (PDF) Engaging with Native American and Indigenous Communities ALPHA:  Byron Loosle, National Headquarters Tribal Liaison Officer, BLM Tribal Consultation BETA:  Alicia Bell-Sheeter, Assistant...

  • Study Hall 1: Week of Feb 14 Study Hall 1: Week of Feb 14

    Optional Networking Sessions Study Hall 1 networking sessions offered opportunities to meet up with federal coordinators and agency colleagues from the class.  Resources:  USACE Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise; Internal resource: Collaborative...

  • Session 5: Connect to Community Session 5: Connect to Community

    Presentations: Culture & Cultural Competency: Building Effective Partnerships (PDF), with Seth Cohen, NCECR Community Collaboration Toolbox: Stakeholder Analysis and Public Engagement (PDF), with Laura Van Riper, BLM   Optional Homework: Partner Cultural...

  • Session 6: Paddle Together Session 6: Paddle Together

    Presentations Building Savvy and Resilience in Your Partnership Network (PDF) Peer to Peer Case Studies: MBN Alumni ALPHA: Ricardo Lopez, USDA FS, Forest Engineer, Angeles National Forest, CA. MbN Class of 2020. Angeles National Forest Collaborative Transit to Trails. BETA:...

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Participating in MBN 2022

  • Course Learning Objectives

    Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:

    1. strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
    2. build trust with partners and stakeholders using a professional skill set of 22 competencies;
    3. demonstrate professional competence in applying best practices for partnership and community collaboration with partners, stakeholders and the public;
    4. apply social science concepts and practices to support relevance and resilience in partnering and collaboration;
    5. recognize the relationship between sunshine laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act to build accountability and trust between public agencies or organizations and their partners, stakeholders, and the public.
  • MBN Webinar Groups

    Each of the 17 course sessions is offered four times as a live, 2-hour webinar. Course participants are assigned to one of the four webinar cohorts (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta) based on their day and time preference, as indicated on their application.

    To support interaction and peer learning, each webinar will be hosted in a virtual classroom with 25-30 participants.

    We anticipate schedule conflicts and participants may use the “flex option” to attend any one of the four webinars in any given week, as best suits their schedule.

    • Wednesday, ALPHA cohort: 11AM Eastern, 10AM Central, 9AM Mountain, 8AM Pacific, 7AM Alaska, 6AM Hawaii
    • Wednesday, BETA cohort: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 10AM Alaska, 9AM Hawaii
    • Thursday, GAMMA cohort: 11AM Eastern, 10AM Central, 9AM Mountain, 8AM Pacific, 7AM Alaska, 6AM Hawaii
    • Thursday, DELTA cohort: 2PM Eastern, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific, 10AM Alaska, 9AM Hawaii

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

    Check the Course Roster for your assigned group.

  • Webinar Best Practices

    • Log in 5-10 minutes early to troubleshoot any technical difficulties.

    • Webinars start and end on the hour.

    • Audio will be automatically muted when you join the classroom.

    • Instructors invite participation by calling on all participants. You may respond or pass the question to another attendee.

    Set Yourself Up for Success:

    • Eliminate distractions.

    • Close your email, turn off notifications.

    • Put a “do not disturb” sign on your door.

    • The chat box is a “judgment free zone.” Comments with typos and spelling errors are welcome.

    • Let the instructor know if you have to be in listening mode due to background noise or other competing interests.

  • Photo and Video Use in the Classroom

    Classroom Use of Photos

    • During webinars, we use a photo roster to facilitate discussion.
    • The photo roster provides participants with information such as your name, agency, job title, work unit, and city and state.
    • We will not publicly post or use photos for any other purpose without your written permission.
    • If you prefer not to use a personal photo, please send an alternate image to use in the classroom.

    Classroom Use of Video

    • On camera participation is not required for this course.
    • We understand that many participants join from sites with limited bandwidth.
    • Because live video feed can significantly impact the quality of online instruction, we use it selectively.
    • During class discussion and breakout sessions, participants are welcome to appear on camera.


  • Joining Class in Webex

    Accessing Webinar Links:

    • Webinar links will be posted on a private page for course participants.
    • Weekly email reminders for class will always include a link to this page. 
    • Participants may subscribe to the webinar group calendar posted on this page.

    Tips for logging in: 

    • For the best experience, log in from your desktop or laptop. 
    • If you have a VPN, close it before joining.
    • If you're logging in from a mobile device, download Cisco Webex Meetings.

    Joining Audio:

    • Audio is integrated with Webex. You may automatically join audio through your computer.
    • A call in number and access code are provided, if needed.
    • If you are joining audio using a separate phone line, join Webex first, and note your attendee ID for calling in. This will allow you to join breakout rooms.  

    Troubleshooting Webex:

    • Is WebEx asking for an admin password? Your local firewall is blocking access to the software. Contact your IT Help Desk for assistance.  Click on the link to “join by browser" to gain access to the webinar this week.
    • Did you select the right link? Sessions are offered at multiple days and times. Choose the link for the day and time you plan to attend.
    • We will make every effort to bring you into the classroom. Please call into the webinar so we can help you log in.
    • Presentations are posted as PDFs at the Course Notebook so you can download and follow along with audio until technical glitches are resolved.


MBN Course Schedule

MBN 2022 Course Schedule



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The Competencies

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