Upskilling Planners

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About Upskilling Initiative

As the world around us changes, planners must understand the dynamics of change and adjust to ensure they can continue to create great communities for all. This involves adapting planning processes and approaches, along with a commitment to continuous learning and upskilling.

APA has launched the upskilling initiative, to equip planners with the right skillsets to excel in in dynamic environments shaped by evolving approaches and technologies. Our goal is to ensure planners are fully prepared for the future, and equipped with the knowledge, insights, and skills needed to adeptly navigate changing environments.

Feel passionate about shaping the future of planning? If you believe you can contribute to APA's priority in developing skills-based resources and training, don't hesitate to reach out to Sagar Shah, Manager of Research and Strategic Initiatives.

Featured Upskilling Resources

The initial online webinar began a sequence of Upskilling events focused on advancing conflict management skills for planners

Speaker: Jennifer Raitt

This webinar explores key skills needed to integrate empathy and compassion in planning practice.

Speakers: Chloé Greene, Jasmin Moore, Meaghan McSorley, Ward Lyles

Identifying Skill Gaps

The Upskilling Planners initiative is anchored in APA Foresight, which focuses on understanding external drivers of change beyond our control, preparing for them, and determining the appropriate actions. We utilize APA's Foresight Practice to pinpoint the skills required to address emerging trends and challenges. In addition to leveraging APA's Foresight Practice, we actively collaborate with diverse planning practitioners, researchers, and educators, to identify skills gaps.

 

More Upskilling Resources

  • Future-Proof Your Urban Planning Career with These 6 Important Skills

    Critical thinking, empathetic listening, and cultural competency will help you upskill in an ever-changing world.
    by: Linda McIntyre, AICP       November 09, 2023
    Critical thinking, empathetic listening, and cultural competency will help you upskill in an ever-changing world.
  • Planners Manage Conflict Every Day: Here's How to Get Better at It

    7 takeaways to help you anticipate challenges, use emotional intelligence, and problem-solve with critical thinking.
    by: Linda McIntyre, AICP       October 12, 2023
    7 takeaways to help you anticipate challenges, use emotional intelligence, and problem-solve with critical thinking.
  • 5 Ways Empathy Can Help You Be a Better Planner

    Create a culture of care, address inequities, and grow your career by leading with this increasingly important skill.
    by: Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP       September 07, 2023
    Create a culture of care, address inequities, and grow your career by leading with this increasingly important skill.
  • Upskilling Ourselves and the Planning Profession

    In an age of disruptors, planners are constantly called on to learn new skills. Here's how APA can help.
    by: Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP       March 31, 2022
    In an age of disruptors, planners are constantly called on to learn new skills. Here's how APA can help.
  • How to Overcome Local Pushback on Climate Action

    From cost-benefit analyses to "climate ambassadors," communities are coming together to transcend this politically polarizing issue.
    by: Brian Barth       September 16, 2021
    From cost-benefit analyses to "climate ambassadors," communities are coming together to transcend this politically polarizing issue.
  • AI in Planning: Opportunities and Challenges and How to Prepare

    Conclusions and Recommendations from APA's "AI in Planning" Foresight Community
    by: Clinton Andrews, AICP, Keith Cooke, Alexsandra Gomez, Petra Hurtado, PhD, Thomas Sanchez, AICP, Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP, Norman Wright, AICP       September 09, 2022
    This white paper summarizes findings from APA's "AI in Planning" Foresight Community and suggests initial ideas on how planners can prepare for AI and its potential impacts, how planners can ensure AI-based planning tools are used in equitable and inclusive ways, and what the role of the planner should be in developing and using AI-based planning tools.
  • Using the Future to Create Dynamic Plans

    This interactive, self-paced training will equip planners with essential skills to navigate change and understand how future uncertainties may impact communities. Learn to use strategic foresight in planning to effectively imagine the future and plan for change.
    • Amy Cotter
    • Brett Fusco
    • Alexsandra Gomez
    • Robert Goodspeed, AICP
    • Heather Sauceda Hannon, AICP
    • Petra Hurtado, PhD
    • Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP
    • Benjamin Zellers, AICP
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  • How Technology Is Shaping Planning and Your Career

    by: David Wasserman, AICP, Thomas Sanchez, AICP
    Members of APA's Technology Division continue the conversation on the technical skills and knowledge that emerging professionals need to consider to keep pace with the future of planning.