Join our next cohort on Tuesday, August 15-Thursday, August 17, 2023. Registration opens on Monday, March 27.


Have you ever walked away from a PD session feeling energized and brimming with ideas? This workshop will teach you how to design adult learning experiences to leave your participants feeling the same! 

In this three-day workshop, you will learn the foundational habits of Artful Design and Facilitation and what it takes to create adult learning spaces where participants feel seen, cared for, challenged, and excited to learn. Drawing from Elena Aguilar and Lori Cohen’s book, The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development, you’ll learn a process to determine the purpose of your sessions, how to design agendas with clear outcomes and principles of adult learning in mind, how to facilitate intentionally, and how to assess learning for impact. You’ll also be guided in a deep exploration of how to respond to your own emotions when they come up while facilitating PD, how to respond to the emotions of others, and an exploration of how to navigate complex power dynamics. 

This workshop is right for you if:

  • You struggle with disengaged, resistant learners

  • You want to design more engaging learning experiences that transform organizational culture 

  • You want people to love attending PD and to see their learning result in a change of practice 

📖 Move beyond the book: 

If you want to design and facilitate transformative PD, you need to do more than just read a book. You need a community of like-minded leaders with whom you can discuss and process the new ideas; you need to see the PD strategies modeled; you need guided practice in the skills required to design and facilitate transformative PD; and you need the lived experience of being a participant in a transformative PD session - you need to know what transformative PD feels like from the participant end. This is what you’ll get in this workshop. 

New and experienced coaches, teacher leaders, administrators, and facilitators will acquire new tools and strategies, and gain invaluable insight into transformative professional development.

⬆️ More than skill building: 

This workshop also provides you with an opportunity to connect with and learn from leaders around the world. As you process your learning and practice new strategies together, you’ll experience the potential of transformative PD to create healthy, resilient communities. You’ll be amazed by the connections you will make in a short period of time and the inspiration you’ll find in this experience. You’ll return to your organizations feeling energized and hopeful about what can be done in schools, and about your potential for impact.  

✨ New in 2023: 

Based on feedback from learners, we’ve expanded our Artful Design workshop to include a deep dive into navigating power dynamics, understanding how to work effectively with adult learners, and dealing with emotions - both your own and others'. These explorations include opportunities to practice the key skills required for these abilities. 


  • How to respond to strong emotions--in yourself and in others, and how to engage emotions to deepen learning

  • Transformative strategies to navigate power dynamics 

  • How to understand and meet the needs of adult learners

  • Novel ways to refine your communication skills

  • New methods to assess the impact of professional learning

Artful Design and Facilitation

Learn about this course from Elena Aguilar.


All participants must have their own copy of The PD Book: 7 Habits That Transform Professional Development (not included in the registration fee). The book is required for the prework and virtual session.

The virtual engagement takes place on Zoom and requires Zoom (5.8.6 or higher)* and a computer. If you have access needs or accommodation requests, please email [email protected]. We will do our best to meet accessibility needs. 

*Currently Zoom does not allow for auto-captioning in breakout rooms, which we frequently use in workshops. Please let us know if you require captioning in all spaces to access virtual learning.



*To register a group, pay by invoice, or pay by purchase order, please complete this Pay by Invoice/PO form.


Artful Design and Facilitation [3 days, Tuesday-Thursday]:

  • February 28th, March 1st & March 2nd (two learning blocks per day)
  • Block 1: 11:00am-1:00pm Eastern Time  // 8:00am-10:00am Pacific Time
  • Block 2: 2:00pm-4:00pm Eastern Time // 11:00am-1:00pm Pacific Time


  • Prework [3-4 hours]

    • Your learning begins in advance of your workshop session with a self-guided exploration of foundational knowledge and tools essential for designing and leading transformational professional development. 

  • Virtual Learning [12 hours over 3 days]  

    • This workshop is a three-day experience, each day consisting of two 2-hour learning blocks with an hour break in between. 

    • This workshop is highly interactive, allowing you the ability to quickly build skills and synthesize learning through role-play practice, designing agendas, and action planning.


  • Coaches, mentors, site leaders, teacher leaders, organizational leaders

  • Anyone who wants to use coaching strategies to help another person grow, and who recognizes that coaching emotions requires additional skills and knowledge.


Course access and recording: All sessions will be recorded in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch at a later time. Participants have access to content for 30 days after the last virtual session to help supplement learning.

Accommodating participants with disabilities: Bright Morning strives to provide universal access to all of our events. Please contact [email protected] as soon as possible to request disability accommodations. Advanced notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. A full refund will be issued, and the registration will be canceled without penalty if we are unable to provide satisfactory accommodations. You can learn more by visiting our Accessibility Services page. 

Cancelation policy:

  • 10 or more days prior to the event – Full refund

  • Less than 10 days prior to the event – No refund

  • A missed learning experience is non-refundable and non-transferable. For more details about our cancelation policy and transfers, visit our FAQ page.

In the rare event that Bright Morning does not receive enough interest in this offering to host it as scheduled, we will provide an alternative learning pathway for all registrants or honor refunds for those who cannot join the alternate experience.

How to Register

  • 1. Choose the payment method that works for you: credit card or invoice/P.O.

  • 2. If registering by credit card, check your inbox for a course access email and receipt.

  • 3. If registering a group, please use the Group Registration/Pay By Invoice form. Our team will follow up in 2-3 business days.

Individual Registration by Credit Card

To register as an individual, pay by credit card for instant enrollment and access to course materials. This option requires registering one individual at a time.

Group Registration or Pay by Invoice/PO

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About the Presenter

Presenter and Community Engagement Specialist Becky Barstein

Becky Barstein has worked at the intersection of education, technology, and equity for over 10 years. She designs and facilitates professional learning experiences that seek to deepen educators’ understanding of racial equity and stakeholder voice for schools, districts, and departments of education across the country. Becky taught grades K-4 in Houston, TX, while also leading and coaching teams of new and veteran teachers. During this time, she also developed and facilitated school-, district-, and network-wide professional development focused on elementary literacy, dismantling white supremacy culture, and social-emotional learning for both students and adults. In her spare time, you can find Becky exploring the greater NYC area or hanging out with her two cats, (Thomas) Hobbes and (Professor) Lupin.