MBN 2023 Course Notebook
Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
Materials, resources, and homework posted below will be available until June 2024.
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MBN 2023 Course Materials Archive
Presentations Getting to Know You (PDF) Partnering and Managing by Network (PDF) Course Overview (PDF) Optional Homework: Complete the MbN Scavenger Hunt (PDF) Build Your Network (PDF) Additional Resources: Video/Podcast: Social Network Analysis with Liz Madison Podcast:...
Agency Perspectives on Partnership and Community Collaboration Recordings are provided for course participant use only. See your weekly email for the password. USFWS Michelle Donlan, EdD, Training and Education Specialist, National Conservation Training...
Presentations Collaborative Leadership (PDF) Partnership Network Life Cycle (PDF) Additional Resources Video/Podcast: Three Elements of Collaborative Leadership (4 min) with Liz Madison Video/Podcast: Leveraging Partnerships (6 min), with Liz...
Presentations Community Collaboration Toolbox (PDF) Working with FACA and Advisory Committees (PDF) The Power of Active Listening (PDF) Additional Resources Video: Situation Assessments, with Laura Van Riper, BLM Community Collaboration...
Presentations: A Restorative Lens on Partnerships (PDF) Partner Culture Awareness (PDF) Additional Resources: National Recreation and Park Association Equity Language Guide (PDF) NPS Arlington House Visitor Expectations and Language Resource (website) Optional...
Presentations Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Based Community Development (PDF) Peer to Peer Case Studies: MBN Alumni ALPHA: Jennifer Day, NOAA, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team, MI. Government Collaboration: Building collaboration for...
Participating in MBN 2023
Course Learning Objectives
Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:
- strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
- build trust with partners, interested parties, and the public using a professional skill set of 22 competencies;
- demonstrate professional competence in applying best practices for partnership, community collaboration, and tribal consultation;
- apply social science concepts and practices to support relevance and resilience in partnering and collaboration;
- 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, interested parties, 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 groups (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 your welcome email for your assigned group. The Course Roster will be available after December 12, 2022.
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:
- 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.
Classroom Use of Photos and Video
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.