Foundations for Successful Remote and Distributed Teams

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

This was a great course and implemented well. NTEN program staff is always consistent and engaging.
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Course Overview


Identifying which foundational elements are in place and missing for successful distributed teams


Identify the key elements of productive remote teams and learn to create a basic plan to support them

Reflective Practice

Learn how to construct a framework and habit of reflecting on your own needs, behaviors, processes and identify opportunities for improvements


The physical structuring of our teams is becoming increasingly more flexible. The number of organizations that include entirely remote team members, part-time remote, or has flexible workplace policies is growing at a rapid rate. This changing approach offers a wide variety of benefits for both organizations as well as those individuals who make up their teams. It also provides a variety of new challenges in terms of how we stay connected and continue to do amazing work together.

In this course, we will look at what are some of the foundational elements of both sides of this relationship, identifying what is needed for an organization to set in place a structure, technology, and culture to support flexible and distributed teams. Also, exploring what is necessary for an individual to set themselves up for success as a remote or distributed team member. Only when both sides of the equation are balanced will we find we can do our best work as organizations.

Whether you currently work remotely, have a flexible workplace policy, or are considering making the leap, this course will provide tips, tools, strategies, and resources to help you set the foundation for greater success.


Ash Shepherd

Chief Program Officer
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Ash has been in love with the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades, where he has worked in the areas of conservation, environmental education, social work, youth program development, and technology consulting. He has been an active member of the NTEN Community, serving as a co-organizer of Portland’s 501 Tech Club, and completing a three-year term on the NTEN: Change Journal's Editorial Committee. Ash earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.
Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate