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Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is a national certification program through the National Park and Recreation Association, and it establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and executives, and connect you to the latest trends and information. This program consists of two classes that will train and prepare... Details
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The Skills Development Webinar Series provides park district professionals with access to monthly professional development opportunities from the comfort of their home or office. By registering, you gain access to 11 total webinars, February thru December, that consist of nationally known speakers or Illinois leaders in the field of parks and recreation. Using the Zoom platform, you can attend sessions live or access recordings on-demand. Either way, you get quality education at... Details
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The is the fourth in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2018-2019. The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program features a unique multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career, and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentor team. Participants must apply to be considered for PC, and applications are generally accepted June - August for the subsequent year. There are five events scheduled to provide each team time... Details
When: February 7, 2019
Where: Oakbrook, IL
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The is the fifth in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2018-2019. LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park District professionals of different levels. Whether you are an early-career or seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. Participants must apply to be considered for the Academy, and applications are generally accepted January thru May for the subsequent year. There are two tiers of education to... Details
When: February 12, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL
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The is the last in a series of five ProConnect (PC) events for 2018-2019. The IPRA ProConnect Mentorship Program features a unique multi-tiered approach including early career, mid-level career, and seasoned/retired professionals, placing a professional from each level in a three-part mentor team. Participants must apply to be considered for PC, and applications are generally accepted June - August for the subsequent year. There are five events scheduled to provide each team time to... Details
When: March 7, 2019
Where: Schaumburg, IL
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This is the second of four in a series of classes designed to prepare individuals for the National Recreation and Park Association's Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam. All four classes will be taught by Nikki Ginger of the Chicago Park District, and they will provide attendees with an intensive review of parks and recreation in the content areas of Programming, Human Resources, Finance, and Operations. It is highly recommended that participants attend all four... Details
When: March 8, 2019
Where: Chicago, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation (IPRF) is the philanthropic and support organization of IPRA and its members, committed to the investment in today's students and professionals in the field of parks and recreation.  Its goals are to promote and support continuing education and professional development of IPRA members and develop future leaders within the Association. This meeting is for IPRF board members... Details
When: March 8, 2019
Where: La Grange, IL
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This is the last month in a series of six Leadership Academy (LA) programs for 2018-2019.  LA is a unique learning opportunity for Park and Recreation professionals of all levels. Whether you are newer to the profession or a seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. There are two tiers of education to meet the various needs of professionals - 1) Team 2) Agency. Each level's curriculum includes topics such as leadership... Details
When: March 12, 2019
Where: Naperville, IL
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Leadership Academy is a unique learning opportunity for park & recreation professionals of different levels. Whether you are an early-career or seasoned veteran, you can always learn different ways to be a more effective leader for your agency. This 'live streaming event' is specifically for professionals south of I-80 that are interested in continuing education and are NOT current Leadership Academy participants. The 2018-2019 Leadership Academy program (hosted in Naperville, IL)... Details
When: March 12, 2019
Where: Washington, IL
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Located within IPRA's Facility Management (FM) Section, the Aquatics Committee consists of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around pools and indoor/outdoor aquatic centers. This event will begin with a planning session for the 2019 Lifeguard Games, followed by a roundtable discussion about several different aquatic topics, including the closing of the indoor pool season and the opening of the outdoor pool season that is (literally) right around the... Details
When: March 12, 2019
Where: Oak Brook, IL
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This month's webinar, What's on the Horizon: Everything from Y to Z, is presented by Lori Hoffner of Supporting CommUnity, and she will discuss how you can better understand how today's young adults, teens, and youth think and behave - whether staff or consumers. If you want to learn more about this topic or you're simply looking for more professional growth opportunities, you are encouraged to register for the Skills Development Webinar... Details
When: March 13, 2019
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Located within IPRA's Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section, the Inclusion Committee consists of a group of special recreation professionals that either specialize or work in and around inclusion services. The meeting will consist of networking opportunities and sharing ideas to better implement inclusion services within each professional's respective community. If you are interested in joining the committee or simply wish to attend for educational and networking purposes, you are... Details
When: March 14, 2019
Where: Addison, IL
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Located within IPRA's Recreation (REC) Section, the Day Camp and School Age Committee consists of a group of park district professionals that either specialize or work in and around before-and-after school programs and camps. The meeting will include a roundtable discussion of several different after-school and day camp topics, safety protocols and procedures, and IPRA news and events. Lunch will be available for a small fee, payable at the event. If you are interested in joining the ... Details
When: March 14, 2019
Where: Gurnee, IL
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IPRA's Diversity (DIV) Section consists of park district professionals from all areas of leisure services that seek to learn more about diversity and its role in the workplace. The section meeting will begin with reports from the Section Board and each committee Chair, and an IPRA liaison will be in attendance to provide updates to the membership about news and events happening within the association. Following the business meeting will a round-table discussion about work-place... Details
When: March 14, 2019
Where: Frankfort, IL
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The Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Board is an elected group of park district professionals committed to the on-going, professional development of its stakeholders as well as the promotion of parks and recreation in Illinois.  The board meets several times throughout the calendar year to discuss topics such as dues, the association's 5-year rolling strategic plan, the proposed work plan, and the Board... Details
When: March 14, 2019
Where: Vernon Hills, IL