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April 2019 Newsletter

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                                                                                April 2019 Issue

Alternative Learning Strategies

One of my favorite things about connecting and building friendships with people in our field is that not only do we just “get each other,” but we can nerd out on all things L&D just as easily as we can connect on our non-professional lives.

Recently, one L&D friend shared a unique role-practicing exercise that she had experienced in a coaching basics class. She, as the coach, was asked to play a persona -- the role of a child -- as she worked with her client.  She was instructed to focus on the quality of her role rather than assessing the quality of her interaction. The experience was a helpful developmental moment that involved crayons, markers, and laying on the floor; and the exercise had a powerful impact overall.

As learning professionals, we integrate theory and science with creativity and fun. This quarter, our Programs team is producing new workshops focused on 'Alternative Learning Strategies'. As a Chapter, we will dig into creative strategies and non-traditional tools that support learning transfer. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get caught up chasing precision or sticking to what has proven to be successful. However, as a result of this quarter’s programming theme and through intentional shared exploration, hopefully we will find ourselves integrating fresh ideas and inspiration into the learning experiences we design.

My challenge to you this quarter is to identify an alternative learning method that you have not used recently (or ever!) and integrate it into your work. Tell us how it goes by sending an email to research@atdpugetsound.org. We’d love to highlight your work and share your success with our ATD Puget Sound Chapter community.

As a board, we are honored to serve our mindful, articulate, curious and committed members. Thank you for growing together, challenging one another and investing in those around you.

Learning with you,

Sarah Schillen
Director of Research

Fun Facts about Alternative Learning Strategies:

      Yale University found that smelling crayons can reduce your blood pressure by up to 10%. It’s hard to learn things when you are stressed out. Integrating crayons into the classroom may be one easy way to help your participants feel more at home. 

      Music activates neural pathways and connects both sides of the brain in areas that are associated with emotions, cognition, and memory. When was the last time you tried to write a silly song? It might be time to incorporate music into your programs. ***Don’t miss the To the Bridge - Songwriting Workshop Sampler Member Event in Seattle on April 16th -- Register now! 

      Best practices from Improv can help us learn to listen more presently, observe with less judgement and adopt a “yes, and” approach in how we respond to others.

      Gamify your day, your meeting, or a module in your course. Games creative positive experiences, promote teamwork, increase productivity, foster creativity and evoke emotion. What a great recipe for learning! (hyperlink for bolded text:


Additional reading to help inspire playfulness:




Special Events

Under the Hood at Tableau, April 25 -- Sold Out!

This exciting program was sold out in a matter of days! Stay tuned as the next Under the Hood event will be announced for September.

Summer Networking Event

Ready for the biggest gathering of Talent Development professionals this summer? This event will bring together those passionate about L&D from across the PNW to connect over cocktails, meet new friends and old colleagues, and play learning games! 

Member Events

Alternative Learning Strategies: April-June

To the Bridge - A Song Writing Workshop Sampler, April 16 -- Register Now!

Join this workshop on incorporating music and songwriting into a learning experience!  

Public Events

Are you interested in joining a small group around a specific talent development topic or interest?

What you're looking for is an 
ATDps Interest Group Topics include CPLP certification study groups, member networking, learning and technology, South Sound professionals, learning in the purpose economy... Be sure to review what's on offer this month!

 Become a Volunteer!

Want to grow your professional network and experience?  Join ATDps as a chapter volunteer!  You can take on challenging projects to add to your portfolio; help deliver the programs, marketing, or administration; or simply get involved to meet the greatest need.  Check it out our volunteer page or email us to chat!

Power Membership offers members twice the support, twice the resources, and twice the networking than just one membership.

ATD membership provides the tools you need for success. Chapter membership applies those tools to your organization and community. Together you are a Power Member! 

Learn more about Power Member benefits here.

You can now pay for your National ATD membership AND your ATDps local chapter membership on the ATD Store.  Use our special code: 8020 and the chapter receives a small rebate!  


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