Transformational Design and Facilitation Lab

Training is for members who lead PD for WEA and/or their district.

Any questions regarding this training should be directed to Torian Hodges-Finch.

This three-day in-person workshop takes participants through a transformative professional design and facilitation learning experience that allows for more equity-centered practices, systems change, and a reimagining of what’s possible for adult learners. Drawing upon research-informed practices, adult learning theory, Universal Design for Learning, and liberatory design, participants will have the opportunity to take their projects through a rigorous, joyful, transformative experience in a learning community that’s excited to remake what’s possible in adult learning—and ultimately, feel inspired to reimagine systems that best serve and affirm the needs of all learners.

Intended Outcomes

  • REFLECT, ASSESS, REFINE, and REDEFINE what makes professional development transformational

  • CREATE conditions and new systems for adult learning that are centered in equity, adult learning principles, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), liberatory design

  • DESIGN a professional development session, meeting, or equivalent content

  • PRACTICE effective facilitation skills through reflection, presentation, and feedback

  • BUILD meaningful, joyful community with colleagues in the learning space

  • BE TRANSFORMED by a learning experience that inspires change

Session 1: Redefining Professional Development and Identifying Your Professional Learning Purpose

  •   Build community

  •   Reflect, assess, and redefine professional development

  •   A process for purposeful design

Session 2: Approaching Design with Intention and Care

  • Engage with practices for intentional design

  • Design for gradual release

  • Learn more about design tools

Session 3: Design: Digging Further Into the Details

  • Designing for belonging

  • Refining learning structures

Session 4: Facilitation: Self-Knowledge and Facilitation Basics

  • Reflecting on strengths and growth areas as a facilitator

  • Exploring the core practices of skillful facilitation

Session 5: Facilitation: Putting Tools into Practice

  • Responsive facilitation moves

  • Practice working with different kinds of topics

Session 6: Impact: Present, Assess, and Refine

  • Present a portion of your learning experience to participants

  • Determine feedback structures and measures of impact

  • Make a plan to refine your design

Choose from 3 of the 4 following days:

  • Monday, August 14, 2023 - 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Monday, August 21, 2023 - 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 - 9:00am-3:00pm

Go to to register.


  • Participants will need to have their own copy of Elena Aguilar and Lori Cohen, The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development as reference material.

  • WEA will not be paying for transportation costs or hotels for anyone attending this training. 

  • Training will be held in-person (subject to change due to interest level)

  • Up to 90 people can attend. 

Any questions regarding this training should be directed to Torian Hodges-Finch.