Special  acknowledgements to developers Lyn Gros, John and Crystal Pennington, Dr. Tom Wilson, Todd Wheeler, Lilian Virgil and Karen Kent for their fine work on this program.

The Leader Academy is a four course, multi-year certificate program offered

at the Emergency Management Institute for early- to mid-career emergency

managers.  The program targets emergency managers who have good 

knowledge of emergency management operations for disaster response and

recovery, but do not yet have the skills to perform the challenging community

and team leadership roles that today's emergency managers are asked to fill.   

The program is organized in four courses, focusing on - respectively- an introduction to leadership in emergency management, personal leadership skills, leadership in the local organization and community, and leadership in the profession and the national                                                                                      

emergency management community.  In addition to the four courses, students participate in a variety of distance  education programs in between courses,               and complete a multi-year project and  research paper.  The overall                             curriculum plan is presented here as well as the full  instructor                                                                         



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Instructor-Led Training (ILT)

The development of effective instructor-led training can often involve the management and facilitation of teams of subject matter experts, expert instructors, instructional designers, and media production personnel through all phases of analysis, design, development, pilot testing, and product completion. Teams I have worked with have ranged from 2-3 people to several dozen team members, depending upon 

Unified Coordination of Disaster Operations

Electric Vehicle First Responder Safety

Additional samples and information on request.

Emergency Management Leadership Academy

This 4 day instructor led course was designed for state and local emergency management personnel with limited experience and with resulting limited knowledge of how to work effectively with partner organizations in disaster response.

The course was organized by different categories of partners (state, tribal, NGO,

federal, etc.). The course presented an overview of the different roles performed

and response protocols followed by the different partners, and provided skill

building instruction in how to best work with the different partners in a

variety of disaster response settings.  The course concluded

with a capstone exercise in which students demonstrated

working with the full range of response partners in

a simulated major disaster.

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Samples: ILT Course Design and Development

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ILT Course

Acknowledgements to Libby Turner, Joe Gerbrick, John and Crystal Pennington for their fine work on this program. 

guide and presentation  materials for one of the courses in the curriculum- Leadership II: Personal Leadership Skills.                   


The program includes training in technical details of the power systems, high voltage cabling, safe cut points, and  other hazard interpretation issues, and includes full training in procedures to be followed to safely handle such incidents.  The material is presented in a variety of modes including instructor-led training, video and online presentation, and new technical response job aids.  Provided here are a video clip from the online version and the Instructor Guide and PowerPoints from the instructor-led version of the program.                                                                                    

The Electric Vehicle First Responder Safety Program is a multi-mode training initiative designed to prepare the nation's first responders to handle the high volume of electric vehicle accidents anticipated to occur concurrent with the increased use of electric vehicles on the nation's highways.  The principle performance challenges addressed by the training are responders lack of awareness of the unique high voltage hazards posed by these vehicles in accidents, the lack of knowledge of the different  response  protocols to be followed in such emergencies, and the difficulty in discriminating between electric and gasoline

powered vehicles at crash scenes in order to select the correct response  protocols.   


the nature and complexity of the work.  I have had the good fortune over the years to work with many brilliant course developers and subject matter experts, and have had the opportunity to lead the development of over 100 one and two week instructor-led courses.  The full list of instructior-led course titles I have worked on is attached at right. Below are a few recent examples of courses for which I was the lead instructional designer, with course components displayed for review.

Project List

Special  acknowledgements to Chris Seiler and Burning Visions for their fine work on the video components of the program, and to Karen Kent and to the NFPA team for their fine work as partners in the development

‚Äčof the instructor led program.

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