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Module 330: Leading Interpreters: Training and Coaching

Competency Curriculum
The following curriculum components outline the developmental learning elements that compose the skills set for this competency. From these outlines, 1) employees and their supervisors can determine
learning needs and strategies, 2) instructors can develop sessions and lesson plans.

Upon completion of this module, learners will contribute to interpretive excellence at their site as they:

  • Individually or as part of a training team, recognize needs for, develop, and present interpretive training, contributing to ongoing staff development of interpretive skills and competencies;

  • Coach coworkers, volunteers, and others to support ongoing personal development of interpretive skills;

  • Direct others in the day-to-day accomplishment of interpretive operation goals and project objectives;

  • Communicate, as trainer, coach, and role model, the principles of Module 101 of the Interpretive Curriculum: Why We Do Interpretation, What Interpretation Is, and How Interpretation Works.

Directing the work of others; on-the-job-training techniques, and task direction; principles of adult learning; leading by example; coaching methods and techniques; providing written and informal feedback; self-assessment techniques; motivation and incentives; interpretive methods and techniques; developing instructional objectives and lesson plans; training evaluation.

Individuals seeking Full Performance Ranger Careers certification. Others may include other NPS staff, cooperating association and concession employees, volunteers, park partners with lead and/or interpretive training responsibilities.

Park and cluster-level seasonal or group training; Servicewide courses; university courses; OJT and personal development details; classroom and distance learning; private sources; consultants; computer-based training packages and CD-ROMS.

Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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