Annual Report: Education

APA leads the profession in using new technologies to deliver high-quality, affordable education to members’ desktops, smart phones, and tablets.

Education on-site

In April, we streamed training webcasts from the National Planning Conference, some in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Lincoln was the lead sponsor for the Planning and Climate Change track, and President and CEO George McCarthy led a session on “Addressing Climate Impacts in Vulnerable Communities.”

In another live-streamed workshop, NYU adjunct professor and negotiator Allen Zerkin taught “Negotiation Skills for Planners” and conducted exercises for both on-site and remote participants.

"I was a little skeptical about a six-hour live broadcast. But the 2015 APA National Conference workshop was anything but dull or impersonal. Allen Zerkin was extraordinarily engaging and the concepts and tools covered were extremely practical and useful. To anyone who missed this, I would highly recommend seeing the recorded version.” — Remote participant John (Tad) Read, Acting Director of Planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority

In June, more than 900 people attended our annual “Planning Law Review” audio/web conference that featured analyses and insights on U.S. Supreme Court cases on sign regulation and fair housing.

In the wake of the SCOTUS ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and HUD’s release of new regulations, the department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, George Williams, spoke from personal experience about “New Directions for Fair and Affordable Housing” at an APA Policy & Advocacy Conference session in September.

APA’s popular audio/web conferences evolved into a 2015–16 Signature Webinar Series that includes four free “Do-It-Yourself” events on trending topics proposed by planners. In October, the series’ “Big Chance Lecture” featured designer Scott Burnham on “The Reprogrammed City.” Burnham took his Chicago audience and remote participants on a lively global tour of inventive repurposing projects.

... and on-demand

Whether you prefer late-night or noon-hour study, all alone or in a group, APA’s streaming education is your on-demand tool. You can access more than 300 programs — recordings of APA’s best webinars and top conference sessions. Topics cover the spectrum of planning; popular examples include “The Planning Office of the Future” and “Building New Economies in Legacy Cities.” AICP members can earn from one to six CM credits, including multiple opportunities to earn law and ethics.

Infographic: Susan Lee Deegan

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