Enrichment Series

Looking for inspiration and best practices for your interpretive offerings? We’ve got your back! Join the Sierra Pacific region for our September Enrichment Series presentation, Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 PM

Sheltered English Instruction: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Interpreters

Presented by Julie Bless, Statewide Wildlife Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

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About the Talk: We are so lucky to be able to share the wonders of wildlife with audiences and students from all walks of life. This means our participants may be joining our programs, which are usually given in English, while they are still trying to learn the language. Luckily, there are easy-to-implement techniques that not only make your programming better for English language learners, but for everyone involved!

In this presentation, we’ll cover what sheltered English instruction is and how to present information better to participants and students for whom English is not their first language. We’ll offer up a dedicated list of tips and tricks that can be very easily implemented into everyday instruction and some real-world examples of how these techniques have been successful in the past. We’ll end the webinar with an open discussion on how these small tweaks to programming can be implemented in a variety of ways.

About the Speaker: Julie Bless is the Statewide Wildlife Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Much of her work involves working with the department’s regional educators to create quality educational programming that brings wildlife to classrooms.

What’s going on? Ideas and input from members at our March 2022 workshop encouraged the Board to craft a series of online events to provide professional development, a showcase for interpretive works, and increased opportunities to connect with other NAI members in our region (Northern California, Northern Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam) and beyond.

If you’d like to suggest or present future talks/panels, video/audio, co-creations with partners, field trips/tours, meet-ups/social gatherings, etc. for the series, feel free to contact the Enrichments coordinator Lisa Borok (Deputy Director), or any of the regional Board members Anne Kassebaum, Laura Drath, or Debi Espinoza-Bylin.

 Additional virtual events are in the works for December 2022!

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