Learning Resources Network (LERN) selected the City of Garland’s Parks and Recreation Department as the top winner for management practices among lifelong learning and continuing education providers. The City was honored during the LERN International Awards at the 2014 LERN Annual Conference, Nov. 21-23, in Orlando, Florida, after being selected from more than 140 applicants from across North America.
The award is for the recreation division’s employment handbook because in addition to including fun in the job description, it also features fun in everything from the description of the recreation department’s organizational culture to its vision statement and core values.
“This isn’t just about the recreation profession, it’s also about the new generations of the 21st Century and about our field as a whole,” said Julie Coates, vice president for LERN Core Services. “It’s not just the right approach, it’s also the right way to support that approach.”
The Criteria for Management Practice Award recognizes innovative and replicable procedures for the following:
• Staff manuals • Establishing Operations Procedures • Staff training • Job description • Other practices, training and procedures to promote sound management
Learning Resources Network (LERN) is the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning, offering training, information and consulting services to providers of education. LERN, founded in 1974, provides practical, how-to “Information that Works” to nearly 6,000 members worldwide. LERN serves a range of institutions, including state universities, four-year colleges, colleges within universities, private colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, public schools, recreation departments and associations.