Managing by Network

Study Hall 2020


Study Hall work is optional and designed to help apply the materials learned in class. 

You may do Study Hall work at any time throughout the course, including during Study Hall weeks:
  • Study Hall 1: week of Feb 17 
  • Study Hall 2: week of Mar 23
  • Study Hall 3: week of Apr 27
  • Study Hall 4: June 6-20, following the last session

Study Hall options:

1. Attend office hours: network with classmates and explore topics of interest to you. Study Hall 1 will have special office hours; other Study Hall office hours are 2-3pm ET on the Thursday of that week. RSVP and more information below.

2. Complete self study: catch up on missed sessions, or delve deeper on instructional material. Use the Self-Study form below to let us know what you've completed.

3. Explore homework: using self-assessments and workbook exercises, apply what you have learned. 

4. Apply what you learned on the job. Study hall work is optional.

Special Office Hours in 2020

During Study Hall 1, we will host a special series of agency-specific webinars where MbN participants can get to know each other, and dialogue with agency coordinators. Note that all times are listed in Eastern Time Zone.

Weds Feb 19:

  • USDA FS: 11am-12pm ET (“Alpha”)
  • NOAA, state, county and nonprofit participants: 12:30-1:30pm ET (“Chi”)
  • USFWS: 2-3pm ET (“Beta”)

Thurs Feb 20:

  • BLM: 11am-12pm ET (“Gamma”)
  • NPS: 2-3pm ET (“Delta”)

Fri Feb 21

  • USACE: 1-2pm ET (“Epsilon”)


1. Office Hours RSVP Form

You may submit this form at any time, or multiple times, to let us know which sessions you plan to attend.

2. Self Study: Check In Here

Did you catch up on a session you missed? Let us know here. You can submit this form any time you get caught up.

3. Homework

  • Session 7: Facilitation Competency Self-Assessment

    1. COMPLETE one of two facilitation core competency self-assessments: The IAF competencies (DOC) (PDF) are more focused on concrete meeting and group management practices, while the National College framework (DOC) (PDF) focuses on facilitator behaviors that demonstrate social-emotional intelligence. 
    2. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 7: Facilitation Tool Box

    1. REVIEW: Facilitation Tool Box (PDF)

    2. EXERCISE: Select one of these tools to use at an upcoming meeting. Consider:

    • Do you need to coordinate use of this tool with the group or the meeting coordinator in advance?
    • Do you need support materials to use this tool?
    • What objectives(s) for the group will this tool support?
    • How might using this tool change the attitudes and behaviors of meeting participants?

    3. APPLY: Test this facilitation tool at the meeting and then reflect on what went well (WWW) and what would you do differently (WWYDD).


  • Session 8: Explore the Economic Profile System (EPS) Tool - Headwaters Economics


  • Session 9: Principled Negotiation Planning Template

    Apply principled negotiation concepts to a recent or upcoming negotiation in your partnership work. 

    1. DOWNLOAD: Principled Negotiation Planning Worksheet (DOC) (PDF)
    2. EXERCISE: Review the four elements of principled negotiation on Page 1. Use the table on Pages 2 and 3 to go deeper in understanding your style, positions, interests and options - and those of your partner.
    3. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 10: Conflict Management Practices

    1. REVIEW:  Getting to the Core of Conflict and Communications Participant Workbook
    2. EXERCISE:  Complete two self-assessment exercises from the workbook.
    3. APPLY: Identify an opportunity to apply the conflict management practices highlighted in the exercises you selected. Then intentionally apply these practices in your professional and/or personal communication. You goal is to develop the intellectual muscle memory to use these practices, so that they will be readily available to you. 
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 11: Asset Based Community Development Mapping

    FIND the assets in your community through a mapping exercise and exploring the gifts that you and a colleague or partner bring to the table.

    • DOWNLOAD: ABCD An Exercise in Shifting Focus (PDF) (DOC)
    • COMPLETE the exercise: Using the instructions on Page 1, complete one or both of the activities:
      • Part 1 - Community Asset Mapping
      • Part 2 - A Portrait of Gift
  • Session 12: Risk Assessment Template

    1. DOWNLOAD: Risk Assessment Template (DOC) (PDF). 
    2. APPLY: For one of your projects, fill-in the risk assessment template.
    3. SHARE: Discuss your assessment with internal and external project team members.
    4. SHARE your takeaways in the Homework Feedback form below.
  • Session 12: Project Management


  • Session 13: Working with Permittees


  • Session 14: Surf the Human Dimensions web site

    1. EXPLORE: resources, broadcast, tools, methods, blogs at using the HD Scavenger Hunt.
    2. FEED YOUR MIND: This exercise goes well with a brown bag lunch or afternoon snack.
    3. SHARE: one link to useful information with a colleague or course participant.
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3. Homework Feedback

Did you complete a homework exercise? Share your thoughts and takeaways with us here. You may submit this form any time that you complete homework.

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