The Winter Institute is specifically geared to those working within independent school experiential education programs (outdoor/adventure education, global education, service learning, student leadership, and sustainability programs) and provides opportunities to learn from experts.

What is ISEEN?

ISEEN is an international learning laboratory and networking opportunity through which independent school experiential educators, administrators, & classroom teachers can share their challenges and successes, learn of and from model programs, and explore the developing role of experiential practices within our educational communities. Experiential education encompasses a host of different initiatives in each of our schools including:
  • outdoor/adventure education
  • global education/travel
  • service learning
  • sustainability initiatives
  • leadership development
  • classroom pedagogy


The Summer Institute focusses on classroom teachers, providing them an understanding of how experiential education pedagogy and practice can help enhance their academic curricula and classroom practice. To provide focus to the discussions and stronger opportunities to develop community.


ISEEN is the leader and steward of experiential education in independent schools. Through our annual institutes and other opportunities, we share information, facilitate connections amongst innovative educators, and advocate for the expansion of experiential education.


Attendees at 8th Annual Janary Institute in Santa Barbara, CA describe their experience with ISEEN. Video was shot by the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press


ISEEN was listed at the NAIS 2012 Annual Conference as one of the top ten innovations in independent schools by Pat Basset, retired President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Spring 2013 Issue of the NAIS Independent Schools magazine was devoted to experiential education after the editor's attendance at an ISEEN January Institute.

Ted Hill

Ted is currently President of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, which operates both Chadwick School in Palos Verdes and Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea. Prior to his appointment as president, Hill served for 18 years as headmaster at Chadwick School. While headmaster, he spearheaded initiatives to develop exemplary character in students and to increase Chadwick’s global focus, playing leadership roles in global educational organizations and significantly expanding Chadwick’s national and international reputation.

Courtney Prieur

Courtney Prieur is the Director of Student Life at Selwyn House School, an independent K-11 all-boys' day school in Montreal, Quebec. Her focus at school is on the development of student leadership via student council, activities & events, community engagement and in the classroom! Courtney has attended the annual ISEEN Institute since 2010 and has been involved with the logistical planning since 2014. As a mother of two young girls, she enjoys Ultimate Frisbee during her free time and teaching the kids how to swim! 

William Graham

Will retired as the 8th Head of Midland School in Los Olivos, California in 2016. Prior to this role, he served as the Associate Head of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Will and his wife Marguerite were awarded the Outstanding Citizenship Award in Bethel for their work securing funding and support for the teaching of writing in rural public schools. Will led winter mountaineering trips in northern New England for twenty five years and brings over forty years of independent boarding school experience to ISEEN.