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1 McCreight CHDS-EMI A Pathway Forward Improving HS and EM Education Robert McCreight Penn State Global Campus

2 McCreight CHDS-EMI Key Issues No agreed pathway to a HS-EM career No agreed pathway to a HS-EM career Public Health and Defense pathways clearer Public Health and Defense pathways clearer Focus on TSA-CBP etc. or firefighters/police? Focus on TSA-CBP etc. or firefighters/police? HS is a federally shared complex enterprise HS is a federally shared complex enterprise Role of homeland defense poorly understood Role of homeland defense poorly understood What is the standard foundation for HS—EM? What is the standard foundation for HS—EM? Over 350 programs today [alignment?] Over 350 programs today [alignment?] Balance theory and practice [praxis??] Balance theory and practice [praxis??]

3 McCreight CHDS-EMI A New Pathway?? Role of state governors in crisis [ 10 th Amend,] Role of state governors in crisis [ 10 th Amend,] CBRN and infrastructure protection CBRN and infrastructure protection Mass casualty management Mass casualty management Mix in Skills-based education? [ competencies?] Mix in Skills-based education? [ competencies?] Case studies, exercises, simulations Case studies, exercises, simulations Critical thinking/complex situational analysis Critical thinking/complex situational analysis Problem solving/ crisis group leadership Problem solving/ crisis group leadership Homeland defense issues Homeland defense issues Applying new technologies Applying new technologies

4 McCreight CHDS-EMI 2015 and Onward in HS and EM Education 2015 and Onward in HS and EM Education Education content review Education content review Meeting key educational needs Meeting key educational needs Building student skills Building student skills Repeat what we have done?? Repeat what we have done?? Include updates and revisions?? Include updates and revisions?? Totally recast/reform curricula?? Totally recast/reform curricula?? Reconcile HS and EM issues Reconcile HS and EM issues

5 McCreight CHDS-EMI Education Content What are the core courses? What are the core courses? What key electives should be offered? What key electives should be offered? What textbooks are best? What textbooks are best? What educational alternatives are good? What educational alternatives are good? How are EM—HS issues reconciled? How are EM—HS issues reconciled? How do we cover infrastructural issues? How do we cover infrastructural issues? Have we interviewed practitioners? Have we interviewed practitioners? Where is curriculum emphasis placed? Where is curriculum emphasis placed?

6 McCreight CHDS-EMI Meeting Key Educational Needs Education leads to job placement Education leads to job placement Education enables acquisition of key skills Education enables acquisition of key skills Education deepens awareness of key issues Education deepens awareness of key issues Education enables grasp of HS-EM activities Education enables grasp of HS-EM activities Education reinforces working student skills Education reinforces working student skills Education relevant to today’s challenges Education relevant to today’s challenges

7 McCreight CHDS-EMI Building Student Skills Problem solving Problem solving Complex situational analysis Complex situational analysis Team leadership/communication Team leadership/communication Critical thinking/problem analysis Critical thinking/problem analysis Crisis management Crisis management Logistics and resource management Logistics and resource management

8 McCreight CHDS-EMI Repeat What We Have Done? Since 9-11 attacks—use same material?? Since 9-11 attacks—use same material?? What deserves to be kept? What deserves to be kept? What seems to have worked best? What seems to have worked best? What do former students say? What do former students say? Content/text updates are crucial Content/text updates are crucial What 9-11 issues are essential What 9-11 issues are essential What HS and EM lessons have we learned since 9-11? What HS and EM lessons have we learned since 9-11?

9 McCreight CHDS-EMI Updates and Revisions What updates are crucial? What updates are crucial? What revisions are essential? What revisions are essential? What is new in HS? What is new in HS? What is new in EM? What is new in EM? How do we reconcile HS—EM? How do we reconcile HS—EM? What do the practitioner/experts say? What do the practitioner/experts say?

10 McCreight CHDS-EMI Recast and Reform Curricula? Blend in practitioners/private sector Blend in practitioners/private sector Focus on building key skills Focus on building key skills Focus on key issues Focus on key issues Build leadership cadre for next 10 yrs Build leadership cadre for next 10 yrs Reconcile HS—EM issues Reconcile HS—EM issues More emphasis on homeland defense More emphasis on homeland defense Try exercises and simulations Try exercises and simulations

11 McCreight CHDS-EMI A New Pathway? “Preparing our homeland security leaders and experts for a future in which terrorism remains real and emergencies do not disappear but, through a realistic updated educational program, our future focus remains robust, relevant and realistic. In so doing we are helping to support our national safety and well-being.” McCreight


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