interpreter will plan and develop an interpretive product
(i.e., temporary interpretive exhibit, interpretive
wayside panel, one interpretive element/section of a
larger exhibit, interpretive site bulletin or interpretive
park publication, interpretive bulletin board, interpretive
section of a web page). For the reviewer's reference,
please include in your submission a brief statement
of the context in which this media product will be used.
This statement is for reference only, and will not
regardless of how well written or designed, a purely
informational/orientation product will not meet the
certification requirements. In addition, if the interpretive
effectiveness of the product relies on text alone, it
will not satisfy the standards. This review assesses
how all elements work together contribute to interpretive
effectiveness. You may find it helpful to submit
something in draft form, but all products submitted
should include developed text, clear graphic facsimiles,
and proposed layout. Ideas, text, graphics, etc., contributed
by others are acceptable, but the final design and layout
of the product you submit MUST be your work. The emphasis
in this module is on your ability to bring all of the
elements together successfully to achieve interpretive
effectiveness (articulated in the rubric) in the draft
you will submit:
1) Three copies of the project in the form
of drawings, photographs, sketches, or other clear
representations for review.
Always check your work against the assessment
rubric before you submit the product for review.
Several developmental worksheets
are also available for this module.
to do when your submission is ready:
Review your work with your supervisor as you develop
it. When you feel the project is ready, submit three
copies to to
the office of
Training Manager, Interpretation, Mather Training
Center, P.O. Box 77, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425,
Attn: Product submission.
Note:Your project may be designed and submitted
coupling more than one Full Performance module.
You may develop one product, to be reviewed in any combination
of one, two, three, or four of the Full Performance
modules—if your circumstances allow. The product will
be measured against each certification standard separately.
If you choose, you may develop a separate product for
each Full Performance module, and submit them individually
as you have in the past. If you choose to combine the
reviews and address more than one module with a single
project, be sure to indicate clearly on your project
which full performance module (Planning Park Interpretation,
Media Development, Interpretive Leadership, Research/Resource
Liaison) you wish to have the project reviewed under.
The training manager will send your project to two
peers who are trained certifiers. Each will independently
review and then discuss the project using the Assessment
Rubric for Benchmark Competency: Interpretive Media
Development. This peer review process determines
whether the product meets the certification standards.
Those meeting the certification requirements will receive
a letter from the training manager.
Those approaching certification may revise and
resubmit their entry, making the adjustments prompted
by feedback provided by the reviewers, and discussions
with their supervisor. If you have your project reviewed
against multiple certification standards, and one or
more elements are judged to be approaching certification,
only the portion(s) approaching certification need to
be revised and resubmitted. Questions about the process
can be answered by any of your curriculum coordinators
or the training manager.
* Certification in this area serves the overall development
of employees in Ranger Careers positions, and meets
the NPS national standard for interpretive media development.
Certification is a point-in-time assessment. Long-term
performance is measured at the park level. Eligibility
for promotion is determined by the supervisor and park.