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program design school

learn how to write participant guides, facilitator guides, identify 40 learning methods and leave with a template for writing consistently and engaging material with ease

27-28 february 2024 // 9am-4pm ET each day
Delivered Virtually

Erin Fischer headshotJoin Erin Fischer from the Leadership and Training Studio for a two-day, hands-on, engaging session. Erin has hosted this program for 10 years and has graduated nearly a thousand higher education professionals in her Program Design School.

Erin will share how she wrote hundreds of program in the past decade and still has more ideas. (As a matter of fact, she has written eight new courses in three months.) You will learn how to write participant guides, facilitator guides, identify 40 interactive learning methods and understand why you can’t write learning objectives until the end of your course! By the end of the two days, you will have a template for writing consistently–with ease and without procrastination. We are excited to continue to offer this outstanding professional development opportunity in a live virtual format using Zoom Video Conferencing. 

This is a session that maxes out with about 40 participants and you will be in small groups working on your own curriculum while learning the process. This allows for a ton of feedback but requires full engagement from 9am-4pm ET.

It’s time to join the Program Design School if you:
  • Struggle writing creative curriculum year after year.
  • Need to write quickly or move past writer’s block.
  • Need a specific plan and clear steps to write consistently.
  • Need new ideas for teaching methods beyond the boring, unoriginal and overused methods.
  • Write task-related curriculum, like how to run a meeting, use Roberts Rules of Order or put together a strategic plan.
  • Write competency- or soft skills-based curriculum, like feedback, confidence or managing conflict.
  • Want to network with professionals, and leadership and education professionals from institutions and headquarters.
  • Want to learn the trends in leadership development for all types of adult learners.
Who Should Attend?
  • Leadership development educators who create programs for students
  • Professionals who oversee leadership strategies or write curriculum
  • Education professionals who serve their headquarters or institution

Registration Rates

Each attendee of the Program Design School Online must be registered. Individual and team rates are available. Select “Add Additional Registrant” before submitting registration to add a team member from the same institution at a reduced rate!



additional member from same institution + $199 each
additional non-member from same institution + $299 each


consider becoming a member of ACPA to save $100 on your registration price!

In order to receive member pricing, your ACPA membership must be valid through 28 February 2024. To confirm if you are an ACPA member in good standing or to renew your membership, login to your account here. If you are an ACPA member, please enter the email address associated with your membership to receive member pricing when you begin the registration process.

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing at ACPA by 26 January 2024. Registrations can also be withdrawn by registrants using the event registration system through  26 January 2024. After 26 January 2024 there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of US$50 for returned checks. Registrations are non-transferable. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies.

virtual learning

We are excited to continue to offer this outstanding professional development opportunity in a live virtual format using Zoom Video Conferencing.  

The link to the online event will be emailed to registrants the day before the event begins. 

We recommend that you download the Zoom Client for Meetings on the computer you will be using for the Program Design School Online prior to the event, if your computer does not already have Zoom. Once Zoom is downloaded on your computer, it will automatically open when you select the access link that will be shared with you the day before the event.

To connect to audio for the Program Design School Online you can use the audio through your computer or you may call in.

To support community engagement and communication during the Program Design School Online registrants are encouraged to have a computer, mobile device, or phone webcam turned on when possible, if available.  Understanding that attendees may be navigating internet bandwidth, available technology, and remote work environments access to a webcam is not required and participants are encouraged to mute video throughout the duration of the event or as needed.


*all times listed in Eastern Time

Day 1

9:00am – 12:00pm

  • Welcome
  • Step One: Manage Great Ideas and Set Boundaries
  • Step Two: Create a List
  • Application: Steps One and Two

1:00pm – 4:30pm

  • Step Three: Portion It
  • Application Step Three
  • Step Four: Create Tests with Learning Methods
  • Application: Step 4

Day 2

10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Welcome Back
  • Step Five: Write Learning Objectives
  • Application: Step Five
  • Step Six: Write Participant and Facilitator Guides
  • Application: Step 6

1:00pm- 4pm

  • Step Seven: Permissions, Design, and Piloting
  • Step Eight: Create Assessment
  • Step Nine: Educational Strategies


February 27 @ 9:00 am EST
February 28 @ 4:00 pm EST
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