Los Angeles County and the City of El Monte Professional Development Symposium

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Grace T. Black Auditorium
Professional Development La County 1


Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities in these modern times. 

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content, hands-on learning activities, and park site visit will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in the communities where you live, work, and play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.


Wednesday, February 13

9:00 - 9:30am

Registration & Refreshments

9:30 - 9:45am

Welcome & Introduction

9:45 - 10:45am

Session 1: Featured Keynote Speaker - Dr. Stuart Brown: The Science of Play


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10:45 - 11:00am


12:30 - 1:00pm


1:00 - 2:00pm

Session 3: Hands On Activities

2:00 - 2:30pm

Closing & Surveys

Master Trainers


Jennie Sumrell  Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development

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Tom Norquist Senior Vice President of Innovation & Business Development

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Lunch, educational resources, and continuing education certificates will be provided. CEUs for a total of 3.0 Professional Development Hours. .3 IACET /3.0 LU AIA / 3 PDH LA CES