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Liberating Structures Deep Dive

Date: Friday - January 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: St. Thomas School & St. Thomas Church, Medina, WA
This Event Is A Member School Event and Not Hosted By NWAIS

Liberating Structures Deep Dive


Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas School & St. Thomas Church, Medina, WA

Please arrive a few minutes early to check in and get settled.


Program Description

*Informational  Zoom call preview on December 5, 4:00 p.m. 

Disrupt conventional patterns in how we work together, making it possible to immediately include, engage, and unleash everyone using Liberating Structures. Learn how to structure generative interactions among your co-workers, administration, and students in ways that enliven engagement and inquiry, and help us lead better without relying on methods that are top down, or too loose and unstructured.

Why take a Liberating Structures workshop?

  • When your students feel included and invested, do they do a better job?
  • Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources?
  • Do you want your students to work at the top of their intelligence?
  • Do you ever struggle to quickly invent and re-invent structures so that your teaching doesn’t rely on raising hands, lecture, and open discussion where only the most bold and articulate students participate?

Unwittingly, conventional structures can stifle inclusion and engagement. They are either too inhibiting (presentations, managed discussions, lecture) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage students.

In this Deep Dive workshop format, we’ll learn and practice versatile Liberating Structures that explore how we can work together to meet and learn more efficiently and include everybody, work at the top of our intelligence, and make progress on our most chronic, entangled challenges. We will take ample time to experience, learn, practice, and apply adaptable structures for the school environment. We’ll focus on a few selected structures in a deep way with lots of practice and discussion about application. 

Want to learn more before you sign up? Join our informational preview Zoom call on December 5, 4:00 p.m. 

Facilitator: Maggie Chumbley

Facilitated by Maggie Chumbley with over a decade of experience in working with groups through teaching, facilitation and instructional design. Maggie, a self-described high-energy pedagogy geek, using a facilitation approach driven by neuroscience, adult learning, and relational coordination. Her expertise is in instructional design, facilitation, design- thinking and project base learning. In her current work, she consults helping organizations across sectors by facilitating and designing effective meetings, trainings, and events, that foster deep learning and make for lasting initiatives. 


Here is what your NWAIS colleagues thought of her sessions at previous workshops


“Maggie was engaging and interesting. She made the experience fun and purposeful.”

“This was one of the most powerful and energizing PD experiences of my career.”

“Very well done, engaging, thoughtful, and relevant to our work…”




Early Bird (By December 10, 2018): $190

Regular (After December 11): $230

Group Registration (3 or more): $190 each


TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete, and payment must be received by the appropriate deadline.

• Online registrations must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Attendees will be Eligible for 5.5 Clock Hours and / or STARS Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. 

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