Facilitating Adult Learning

Are you interested in developing your facilitation skills when you work with adult learners? Often it is assumed that teacher leaders will be able to transfer their teaching practice to adult learning spaces, without considering the different needs and dynamics of adult learners. Come learn about approaches to facilitation that will help you create collaborative and productive adult learning spaces. This module is designed for you to reflect on your own facilitation practice in your own context, be it as a grade level or department chair or leading professional learning, large or small.

Professional development is a key lever in school improvement efforts, building individual and collective educator capacity. This course will introduce you to the principles of adult learning theory and focus on facilitation practice. Participants should be actively involved in facilitating professional learning (department, grade level, PLC, inquiry group, whole school PD, etc.) and be prepared to record their own facilitation practice for feedback and reflection purposes.

In this 6 session course, participants should expect to read articles, analyze instructional videos, reflect on give feedback on participant facilitation videos, engage in protocols to give each other feedback, and refine their facilitation practice.

If you are looking for a course in designing professional development arcs and agendas, we suggest Designing Professional Learning with an Equity Lens.

Session Calendar

Sessions will be held via Zoom. All times are in Pacific time.

  • Thursday, February 23, 2023, 4:00–6:30
  • Thursday, March 2, 2023, 4:00–6:30
  • Thursday, March 9, 2023, 4:00–6:30
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023, 4:00–6:30
  • Thursday, March 23, 2023, 4:00–6:30
  • Thursday, March 30, 2023, 4:00–6:30


Jessica Evans is an experienced educator who has served as a teacher at Middle School (Los Angeles), Research Associate at Education Matters (Cambridge), Principal of La Escuelita Elementary School (Oakland), Director of Elementary Education (Oakland), and Chief Academic Officer at Education for Change (Oakland). Most recently she served as the Program Coordinator for the Instructional Leadership Academy, the administrative credential program at the Reach Institute for School Leadership. She is a self-proclaimed “instructional nerd,” who loves examining data and thinking through instructional problems through a variety of lenses. Her areas of expertise include systems-level reform, professional learning, and instructional coaching. Her knowledge and passion for designing and implementing impactful professional learning, be it professional development or coaching, is anchored in the desire to support teachers in their growth and nurture the reflective practitioner in service of improving student outcomes.

Who Should Participate?

This offering is geared towards Teacher Leaders, Teachers on Special Assignment, Department Chairs, Grade Level Leads, Instructional Coaches, or any teacher leader who is facilitating professional learning for other educators.


  • $750 
  • 1 CEU is available at an additional cost of $55.
  • If you are a Bay Area teacher leader at an eligible school or district, you may apply for 21CSLA sponsorship and participate for free! (CEU not included.)


Please note the steps in the registration and sponsorship application:

  • Step 1: Register here.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email with a link for the 21CSLA sponsorship application.
  • Step 3: Complete the 21CSLA sponsorship application, if you wish to be considered for full sponsorship for this course.


Contact Jessica Evans at j.evans@berkeley.edu or 510-390-1238.