2019 Winter Institute Info

The 14th Annual Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) Institute will be held from January 22-25, 2019 at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY. The theme of this year’s Institute is “Beyond Borders: Experiential Education Through the Lens of Equity & Justice.” By exploring ideas of both identity and community, we will situate and fortify our work in schools and beyond. Whether we come to this work through outdoor education, service learning, global education, administration, or an intersection of multiple fields/areas, we will investigate our personal interactions with students, colleagues, and communities.

All participants will experience the following:

  • Hands-on interactive learning of place-based education concepts and delivery, along with tangible takeaways.
  • Extensive learning by doing while exploring Riverdale’s comprehensive EE program, alongside students and faculty both on campus and in and around New York City. 
  • Guided and thoughtful opportunities for reflection connected to learning and application of that learning to your school or program.
  • Model Programs and Practices: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in small group “speed dating” with fellow attendees in sharing an experiential lesson, practice, program or tool from their school.
  • Opportunities to immerse in conversation around various "areas of interest" (outdoor/adventure education, global education, community engagement, sustainability, student leadership and school administration) and make deep connections with like-minded educators in discussing topics relevant to each area.
  • Extended time for informal networking through longer break periods, dynamic activities, and group dinners.
  • Opportunities to engage in meaningful pre and post institute workshops and activities.


Optional Pre & Post Institute Workshops & Activities:
The Institute will formally commence at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Friday January 25. We will be offering the following pre and post institute options (click here for detailed descriptions of each workshop/activity and presenter bios). 

Tuesday, January 22 - Pre-Institute Workshops & Activities

  • Purpose Learning Intensive for Experiential Educators. Facilitators: Ross Werner, Vicki Weeks and Siri Fiske, 8:00-2:30 p.m. 
  • Moving Beyond GPA: Using the Mastery Transcript to Drive Equity and Engagement. Facilitators: Mike Flanagan and ISEEN Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) site directors, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • CITYterm: NYC Neighborhood Study. Facilitators: CITYterm faculty, 9:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Multi-Ethnic Eating & Walking Tour by Big Onion Walking Tours, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Welcome & Orientation for all First Timers to ISEEN. Facilitated by ISEEN staff, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 25 - Post-Institute Workshops & Activities

  • This is Not a Drill: Critical Incident Response Preparedness. Facilitators: Simon Hart and Mark Vermeal, 2:00-5:00 p.m. 
  • Outdoor Group Skating at Bryant Park, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • ISEEN Happy Hour/Post Skating Drinks, Location TBD, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Institute Notes:

  • The ISEEN Institute will be limited to 150 participants to maintain the intimacy of discussion.
  • The Institute will formally commence at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22 and conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25. Please know that we value your participation at the ISEEN Institute and we feel it is critical for participants to arrive on time and leave on time. Arriving late or leaving early not only diminishes the quality of your experience but also the shared experience of your peers. If you know that you cannot manage the full schedule, please consider joining us at a future institute.

Registration Fees:
Early-Bird Registration (until October 15): TBA
Regular Registration (after October 16): TBA
*Registration fee is inclusive of all workshops, snacks, lunches and dinners throughout the duration of the formal institute.
Additional costs include accommodation at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel, optional pre & post institute workshops and activities, breakfasts, and airport transfers to/from the hotel.

Registration Notes:

  • ISEEN members will be granted a one-month priority registration window once registration opens. Only ISEEN member schools will be permitted to register during this window. 
  • Schools (including member schools) will be permitted to register a total of three participants up until October 15 (and the conclusion of the early-bird rate). This is to allow more schools to attend the Institute. Should spaces still be available after October 16, member schools will receive a two-week priority window to register unlimited additional attendees. Should spots remain after this period, they will be opened to non-members.
  • To apply for a scholarship to attend the ISEEN Institute please click here to review the details and fill out the scholarship application by September 15. All applicants will be notified of decisions by September 30. 

For a taste of the incredible experiential education work being done at Riverdale Country School, watch this great video!

For questions about this event, please contact [email protected]