Learning Together

April 2021

Lindsey MacDonald, Western Washington University

Facilitators

Jessie Bloss, Spring Church

Brian Davenport, Eastern Washington University

Liz Grewal, Oakland Unified School District

Sapan Parekh, Bellevue College

Kelsey Martin, Whitman College

Travis Tennessen, Western Washington University

Natalie Baloy, Western Washington University

Calleen Herbert, North Carolina Central University

Joshua Porter, Western Washington University

Laurel Hammond, Western Washington University

Ron Marks, Unity Care NW

Renee Houston, University of Puget Sound

Becoming a System Convener

Travis Tennessen

Monday, April 12

10:30am-11:45am Pacific

Hoping to create new spaces for learning and relationship-building across units in your organization, and with other organizations? In this training, we’ll explore the concept of system convening, a form of leadership that breaks down traditional barriers within and between organizations, and begin envisioning how you could infuse elements of this leadership style into your work.

Inspiring New Behaviors on a Changing Planet 

Lindsey MacDonald and Liz Grewal

Monday, April 12

2:00pm-3:15pm Pacific

How do we integrate the most life giving and impactful sustainability behaviors into our personal and professional lives? In this workshop, we will use Project Drawdown, a climate solutions tool, as well as the collective wisdom of the group to connect sustainability interests with tangible action. We will consider both individual behavior and systems level change.

Building a Community of Practice

Brian Davenport and Travis Tennessen

Monday, April 12

3:30pm-4:45pm Pacific

Hoping to connect with others who share your passions and interests, and create new ways for you all to learn together? In this training, we’ll discuss the concept of a “community of practice” and explore ways that you can use this type of learning community to improve your work and build a stronger support network.

Building Equity into Meetings

Travis Tennessen

Tuesday, April 13

9:00am-10:15am Pacific

Hoping to structure your meetings so that everyone feels heard and shares the air more equitably? In this training, we’ll discuss how to include social learning techniques, which foster relationship-building and shared understanding among those with different perspectives and backgrounds, effectively in your meetings.

Developing Resiliency through Civil Discourse  

Calleen Herbert and Joshua Porter

Tuesday, April 13

10:30-11:45 AM Pacific

Curious to experiment with a facilitation model that creates space for hearing differing perspectives? In this workshop we will explore Living Room Conversations as a model to engage intergenerational learning. Our conversation will address questions about how we develop resiliency through connecting across divides.

Building Equitable Teams 

Sapan Parekh and Liz Grewal

Tuesday, April 13

2:00pm-3:15pm Pacific

While diverse teams are better at solving problems and innovating, bias and stereotyping on teams can  reduce  these benefits.  This workshop will demonstrate several tools - cultural wealth and asset mapping - to help you identify, manage, and mitigate these issues. These tools can be adapted to department teams, classes, community organizing, and more!

Exploring Possibilities Through Appreciative Inquiry

Jessie Bloss, Ron Marks, and Laurel Hammond

Wednesday, April 14

9:00am-10:15am Pacific

How can you use appreciative inquiry to unlock potentialities that already exist within your life or organization? Engage with people who are practicing ways of:

  • Fostering a new approach to strategy as an emergent conversational process rather than analytical planning

  • Immersing in a values-based inquiry process

  • Exploring a strengths-based approach to change rather than a deficit-based problem-solving approach

Producing and Assessing Value in Learning Communities

Travis Tennessen

Wednesday, April 14

10:30am-11:45am Pacific

How do you know whether the meetings you facilitate are valuable to the participants? In this training, we will discuss how you can use Wenger-Trayner and De Laat’s “Value-Creation Framework” to assess the impact of your work, produce more value for participants, and help participants articulate their own “value stories” that show the impact that you’re having.

Listening as an Inclusive Practice

Renee Houston and Kelsey Martin

Wednesday, April 14

2:00pm-3:15pm Pacific

Where do we get stuck in our team meeting or in meetings with community partners and other stakeholders? Distractions abound, right? How do we turn toward connecting with intention and attention? In this workshop we’ll explore a Value-based listening approach with communication practices that support inclusion, inquiry and connection

Acknowledging Land and History

Natalie Baloy and Kelsey Martin

Wednesday, April 14

3:30-4:45 PM Pacific

How do we acknowledge lands and territories in our institutions, our work, and our practice as educators? Through a combination of critical reflection, somatic exercise, narrative sharing, and action planning, participants in this workshop will explore our various positions and responsibilities to the land on which we live and work and the communities around us.

Building a Social Learning Event 

Travis Tennessen

Thursday, April 15

9:00am-10:15am Pacific

How do you efficiently and effectively build a social learning event? In this training, we will discuss the important steps in creating a stand-alone social learning event, including how to manage the event information using Google Suite tools.

Elements of Healthy Partnerships

Brian Davenport

Thursday, April 15

10:30am-11:45am Pacific

Hoping to connect with others who share your passions and interests, and create new ways for you all to learn together? In this training, we’ll discuss the concept of a “community of practice” and explore ways that you can use this type of learning community to improve your work and build a stronger support network.

Using Design Clinics to Mobilize Collective Wisdom 

Laurel Hammond

Thursday, April 15

2:00pm-3:15pm Pacific

Hoping to connect with others who share your passions and interests, and create new ways for you all to learn together? In this training, we’ll discuss the concept of a “community of practice” and explore ways that you can use this type of learning community to improve your work and build a stronger support network.

Putting Ideas into Action 

Renee Houston, Kelsey Martin, and Travis Tennessen

Friday, April 16

10:30am-11:45am Pacific

Attending workshops and learning new ways of connecting, being and thinking about our work is energizing. Then, we return to our work brimming with excitement ready to implement all the things, but where do we start? How can we be supported when we’re trying something new? How do we set a goal that leads to a sustained effort and the outcomes we hope for? Join us to co-create a set of tools to put all your new ideas into an action plan with a community who’s ready to offer support and celebrate your wins.

For accommodations, please contact Travis Tennessen at Travis.Tennessen@wwu.edu.

One week advance notice is appreciated.

Our programming takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, particularly the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

(For more information: WWU Tribal Relations)

Thank you to the numerous organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort through co-sponsoring events and providing meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Special thanks to Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, University of Puget Sound, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental for their ongoing dedication to the work.

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