Episode 150: Transformational PD Part 1: What It Is and Why You Need It

“When I think about one of the characteristics of transformative PD,  there is so much to do with the power dynamic with the facilitator and with how they think about themselves and what they think their role is.”

Elena Aguilar


  • What is “transformational PD?” 
  • How do we make PD joyful?
  • What are important considerations for one-time vs. ongoing PD?
  • How do we center equity in all of our PD sessions? 
  • What is Elena’s favorite tool from The PD Book? 

Today Elena is joined by Bright Morning teammate, Becky Barstein, to explore these questions and many more in Part 1 of our three-part Transformational PD mini-series. If you design or facilitation adult learning, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!

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Episode Reflection Questions:

  • What was a PD you attended that you would describe as “transformational?” What made it so for you? 
  • Elena shared the two columns she considers in her mind: time and who she is being as a facilitator. Are there additional columns you would add? 
  • What is one learning or idea you are taking away from this episode that you would like to further explore or implement? 
  • What is one question you would like to ask about designing or facilitating “transformational PD?” How would you answer that question?

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