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Submission Guidelines for Certification Review

Module 270: Present an Effective Curriculum-based Program

Competency description:
Requires the interpeter to be able to effectively present a curriculum-based program to an organized group that has a structured plan for learning. By connecting the group's learning objectives to the meanings/significance of park resources, the program helps the group meet its learning objectives and the park meet its primary mission of resource preservation. The program facilitates opportunities for the audience to make their own intellectual and emotional connections to the meanings/significance of the resource, through the cohesive development of a relevant idea or ideas.

What you will submit:
A videotape recording or DVD** (see important warning below), with completed Supplemental Questionnaire, of a curriculum-based program presented by the submitter to an organized group whose learning objectives are based on a structured plan for learning.

Before preparing your submission, it is to your advantage to review the Module 270 curriculum and certification standard.

Key submission points:

  • Your curriculum-based program may involve a children's group, an organized youth group, an organized adult education group, or ANY group that has specific, pre-planned educational objectives, based on a structured plan for learning, and clear learning outcomes in mind when coming to your site.
  • A completed Supplemental Questionnaire must accompany your videotapes. In the questionnaire, clearly identify how your program was curriculum-based. When listing the group's educational objectives, list only those that you attempted to address in the video program (not those that are addressed in other parts of the larger education program). When applicable, indicate how the program is curriculum-based by citing the links to state, district or local curriculum objectives or standards.
  • In order to be truly curriculum-based, the objectives you list should involve specific, measurable learning outcomes, rather than broad topic/subject areas or park program goals. It is your responsibility to identify, clarify and address the group's learning objectives, even when presenting existing park education programs that were developed by others.
  • Any program, no matter how well presented, that does not clearly connect the meanings of park resources to the group's specific learning objectives identified in the Supplemental Questionnaire, will not meet the certification standards.
  • The obligation for accuracy, topic choice and appropriateness, delivery mechanics, etc., remain the responsibility of you and your supervisor, and are not measured in this review.

Preparing your submission:

1) For this competency, you will submit a curriculum-based program recorded on or copied to VHS video tapes or DVDs, with completed Supplemental Questionnaire. It is not necessary to include warm-up orientation or question/answer portions of a program unless their content is somehow pertinent to the interpretive focus of your presentation. If at all possible, choose a program to submit that is between twenty and sixty minutes in length. Please indicate the exact length of your program on the tape labels. See a suggested outline for an approach to preparing your 270 submission. (View a Sample Questionnaire)

2) The program should be presented in a park setting with a "real" learner/student audience. Off-site programs that interpret park resources are also appropriate. Please submit a program that was intentionally prepared as a curriculum-based program.

3) Since each competency has unique characteristics that are important to demonstrate, it is not to your advantage to submit the same program for more than one competency. Therefore, please do not submit the same program for more than one competency without prior approval by the Certification Program Manager or Training Manager.

4) Submit three copies* of the program on VHS tapes or DVDs, along with one copy of the completed Supplemental Questionnaire. The tapes or discs you submit must have clear, discernable audio, and primarily focus on the interpreter. Record and duplicate your tapes at normal speed.  If possible, the audience should be shown in context at least once during the program -- group size does not matter. Any view of the resources being interpreted that helps a certifier understand the message is welcomed, but not necessary.

Note: Some states and/or organized groups have restrictions for videotaping minors. Be aware of local restrictions or check with the group leader in advance to obtain any necessary permission(s).

**Important guidelines for DVD submissions: We have experienced many problems with submissions on DVD -- the only media playback software that is standard on all government computers is Windows Media Player. Therefore, all DVD submissions must be able to play in Windows Media Player in order to ensure that the certifiers can view the DVD. Please convert your program to play in Windows Media Player as the default. Please check all three copies of your DVD submission to make sure the audio and video play all the way through in Windows Media Player. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your submission being returned to you without being reviewed.

5) If at all possible, use a lapel microphone and mount the camera on a tripod when making your tape. For additional tips on preparing a video, see the attached "TIPS," prepared by Tom Davies, NERO.

6) Complete and submit one copy of the attached "Product Submission Registration Form" with your submission. (Download in a Word format (43KB) or a PDF format (36KB).

7) It is not necessary to send/attach program materials, such as teacher guides, student activity handouts, etc, as these will not be considered in the review. Your description of the sequence of learning activities on the Supplemental Questionnaire is sufficient to provide program context for the reviewers.

When reviewing the video, certifiers will assume good faith effort, and that accuracy and authenticity of the program have been verified at the park level.

*It expedites the process if you can submit three copies of your tape or disc. If not possible to submit three VHS tapes, be sure to keep one copy for yourself and submit at least one tape for review. If you are submitting on DVDs, you must submit three copies of the discs.

Where to submit:
Once you have reviewed your project with your supervisor and agreed that it is ready to submit, send to:

Always check your work against the certification standard(s)  before you submit the product for review.Certification Program Manager, Interpretation
Mather Training Center
P.O. Box 77
Fillmore St. and Storer College Place
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Attn: Product submission

You can request a "delivery confirmation" from the post office. Leave your videos in their protective boxes or cases, and pack them carefully. All videos will be returned. Keep the original video yourself, in case something happens to the package in transit.

NOTE: Certification in this competency serves the overall development of employees in Ranger Careers positions, and meets the NPS national standard for presenting curriculum-based programs. Certification in this competency is a point-in-time assessment only. Long-term performance is measured at the park level. Eligibility for promotion is determined by the supervisor and park. Learn more about the peer review process.

Suggested outline for preparing a submission:

  • Identify/review learning objectives of the organized group and how they relate to the meanings and significance inherent in the resource(s)
  • Review the group’s preparation and follow-up learning experiences (sequence of learning)
  • Prepare the supplemental questionnaire (required)
  • Prepare program; plan for variety of learning styles
  • Present and tape presentation
  • Review against the rubric guidelines and self-assess
  • Copy and send tapes with supplemental questionnaire

Last module update: August, 2003
Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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