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Liberating Structures Immersive Workshop

Date: Friday - March 08, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: St. Thomas School & St. Thomas Church, Medina, WA
This Is A Member School Event and Not Hosted By NWAIS (March 8-9, 2019)

Liberating Structures Immersive Workshop

Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Friday | 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Saturday

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


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


Program Description

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?

In this immersion workshop co-designed and co-facilitated by area educators and led by Maggie Chumbley, we’ll learn and practice a wide array of the Liberating Structures repertoire to get quick exposure to as many of the methods as we can and how they might be used. This longer format is great for unconventional networking, serious play and skill building for educators and other adult professionals, and anyone in a formal or informal leadership position. We’ll explore how tiny shifts in the ways we distribute participation can dramatically change engagement, boost inquiry, and make teaching more joyful.

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 Registration (Ends 2/8/2019): $330

Group Registration (3+): $330

Registration (Begins 2/9/2019): $400

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete, and payment must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the 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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