ISEEN Summer Teacher Institutes 2020

6th Annual ISEEN Summer Teacher Institutes
Experiential Education Pedagogy & Practice

Session One: June 18-22, 2020 - History, Elementary Ed, & Science (SOLD OUT)
Session Two: June 23-27, 2020 - Math, English, & Global Languages
Hosted By
Sante Fe Prep
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Experiential Education Pedagogy & Practice
ISEEN Members Priority Registration Ends: August 31st, 2019
Session One: Thurs, June 18 to Mon, June 22, 2020
History, Elementary Ed, & Science
Session Two: Tues, June 23 to Sat, June 27, 2020
Math, English, & Global Languages

About the Summer Institutes

The ISEEN Summer Teacher Institutes fuse rigorous academic disciplines with deep thinking about the cognitive learning process through the experiential learning cycle. This professional development opportunity is for teachers who want to delve deeper into experiential education (Ex Ed) while immersed in experiential activities in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Whereas the ISEEN Winter Institute is an annual gathering for administrators to stay up to date with current thinking on Ex Ed practices and trends, the Summer Institute brings Ex Ed to the classroom in a practical, curriculum-based and supportive environment led by master teacher facilitators from schools around North America.

Modeling a high-quality experiential education program, the ISEEN Summer Institute is the premier Ex Ed professional development opportunity for teachers that focuses on elements of place, skills and knowledge development, and building community while reflecting and connecting with other attendees. The Institutes are conducted in partnership with Santa Fe Prep and the peaceful and zen-like Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center. It is truly a magical and transformative experience because of these partnerships and through the incredible leadership of our team of facilitators.

Schedule at a Glance

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Final Day

The following is the full itinerary for the 2020 Summer Institutes. Most of the information will remain the same, but additional details (e.g. breakout academic group meeting locations) will be added closer to the event.

Day 1
Session One: Thurs, June 18
Session Two: Tues, June 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Attendees arrive and check in at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Ctr (IHM)
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm  Institute Welcome and Introduction
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm  Group Dinner and Orientation
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  Break Out to Academic Discipline Groups for Orientation
Day 2
Session One: Fri, June 19
Session Two: Wed, June 24 
6:30 am - 8:30 am (Optional) Activities and Breakfast
8:45 am - 11:05 am Large Group Workshop: Understanding Experiential Education from a Teacher's Perspective
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Breakouts to Academic Discipline Groups (Santa Fe Prep)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch and downtime
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm Breakouts to Academic Discipline Groups
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Optional) Sunset Trolley Tour of Santa Fe
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm Academic discipline breakouts
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Optional) Sunset trolley tour of Santa Fe 
Day 3
Session One: Sat, June 20
Session Two: Thurs June 25 
6:30 am - 8:45 am (Optional) Activities and Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Breakouts to Academic Discipline Groups
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Ex Ed SLAM: Large Group Showcase of Resources/Lesson Plans etc. 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Casual Networking Time
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Breakouts to Academic Discipline Groups
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Free Time/Casual Networking
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm BBQ Dinner
Day 4
Session One: Sun, June 21
Session Two: Fri, June 26 
6:30 am - 8:45 am (Optional) Activities and Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Breakouts to Academic Discipline Groups
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Large Group Debrief of Academic Discipline Groups
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Group Closing of Institute
2:45 pm - 6:30 pm Free Time to Explore Santa Fe
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Closing Dinner in Santa Fe
Final Day
Session One: Mon, June 22
Session Two: Sat, June 27
By 10:00 am Checkout of IHM


What Participants Experience

Place-Based Learning: Throughout the week, participants will live and learn through experiential education lessons in practice through immersion within Santa Fe’s history and the culture. They’ll participate in Ex Ed through the food, the setting, and the opportunities we create to explore the vibrant art scene and history of the city and region.

Curriculum Development: Through discipline-specific, small group workshop cohorts, participants will be given the time to develop and receive feedback on curriculum and assessments that can be put to immediate use in their classrooms. Led by experts in their field, the facilitators help participant rethink assessment, learn new tools from colleagues, and broaden perspectives through immersive, experiential and practical workshops.

Creating Connections and Community around Experiential Ed: Participants will come away with a network of colleagues to connect with throughout the year and share ideas for curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will leave the Institute with the following:

  • An understanding of the theory and pedagogy of experiential education and how it relates to academic rigor, student engagement, and classroom enhancement.
  • Immersive discipline-specific intensives, learning how to apply and integrate experiential education pedagogy into the classroom led/facilitated by an expert teacher in the discipline area. 
  • Access to extensive resources relevant to their discipline, the opportunity to live and learn through an EE lesson in practice, taking advantage of the resources available in Santa Fe, along with time to work individually and collaboratively with like-minded peers to design/develop curricula and assessments that can be put to immediate use in their classroom.
  • A network of colleagues with whom they can connect throughout the year, share ideas for curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • Time to develop and receive feedback on curriculum that can be implemented in their classrooms.
  • A better understanding of the more integrated role experiential education can play in their classrooms and school culture.


The registration fee is inclusive of all workshops and meals throughout the duration of the formal Institute. Additional costs include accommodation at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center (which is inexpensive, see below for details).

Registration Type *Price
Priority Member Registration (Until Sept 3)
Only ISEEN member schools have access to registration at this time
Early-Bird Registration for Member & Non-Member Schools (Sept 3 - March 2)
Regular Registration for Member & Non-Member Schools (March 3rd until sold out)

* Canadian Schools: We are offering an exchange rate discount to interested Canadian schools. Please contact Taras Ferencevych at [email protected] for more information.


If you are not currently a member yet, JOIN NOW for ISEEN Member priority registration!

Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Should you need to cancel your registration you will have two options. A colleague may be substituted at no fee or, if you cancel without substituting your place, the refund policy below will go into effect.

  • Cancellation greater than 61 days prior to the Institute: 90% refund
  • Cancellation 60-30 days prior to the conference: 50% refund
  • Cancellation under 30 days prior to the conference: 0% refund

Important Registration Notes:

  • Additional costs include accommodation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center (prices range from $220-$430 total for four nights of the Institute- see “Lodging Options” below) and airport transfers to/from the hotel.
  • Full payment will be required upon registration, be prepared with a credit card.
  • Learn more about becoming an ISEEN member and the benefits connected to membership now.

Travel Logistics

The following are important details to know when booking travel to Santa Fe.

Lodging is booked from June 18th-22nd (session one) and June 23rd-27th (session two) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center.

  • June 18/June 23 Check-In Details: Check in at IHM will be from 2:00 pm -3:45 pm. Please ensure your travel plans allow you to be at the IHM Retreat Center by 3:30 pm so you can pick up your name tag and check in before we commence the Institute at 4:00 pm.
  • June 22/June 27 Check-Out Details: Check out at IHM will be by 10:00 am on the last day. Your return plans should be made for June 22/27 as our closing dinner will not end until around 9:00 pm on June 21/June 26. Please plan your travel accordingly (you may leave luggage at the front desk).

Please know that we value your participation at the ISEEN Institute, but it is critical for you 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.

Getting to Santa Fe: Planes–Santa Fe can be reached by two airports:

  • Santa Fe Municipal Airport (Airport Code: SAF). This is a small airport that is only serviced by American Eagle Airlines. Flights may be more expensive into SAF but also save you the shuttle/drive time from Albuquerque.
  • Albuquerque Sunport Airport (Airport Code: ABQ). Albuquerque is serviced by a broad selection of airlines and will likely have more competitive rates. It is a one hour drive from the Albuquerque Airport to Santa Fe.
  • There are two shuttle companies that travel between Albuquerque and Santa Fe: Sandia Shuttle Express and RoadRunner Shuttle & Charter. Both are approx. $66+ round trip for a shuttle.
  • Albuquerque  Airport also has all of the major rental car companies and rates tend to be very competitive in New Mexico (and may be comparable to shuttle rates).
  • Automobiles–If you will be driving, directions to the IHM Retreat Center can be found on the website.

Lodging Options

Attendees will be able to choose and pay for their lodging at IHM during the enrollment phase in February 2020.

All participants stay at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. There are a variety of shared and private lodging options at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center that is summarized below. There is limited availability for each option and these will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Please pay close attention to the various details and options for each lodging choice below and select your first choice.

For those of you selecting a "shared" lodging option, we will match you with a roommate of the same gender, but should that be impossible you will be responsible for the higher (single occupancy/private) room rate (see all details below). If you will be traveling with a colleague/friend and would like to request them as a specific roommate, you will be able to do so in a future selection. Please make sure to communicate your request to that individual and ask them to request you as well. You both must choose the same rooming type. Please communicate your choice to them clearly.

We often sell out of the private rooms very quickly so many attendees share rooms. IHM is a unique and special space, quite different from a traditional hotel, so all of the lodging options will immerse you in this beautiful place.

If you do not see one of the following lodging options available it is because it is already full. In that case, please select the lodging waitlist for your second choice option (all attendees will be accommodated at the Retreat Center).

Private Rooms: Six (6) private rooms with a private bath are available for $357.00 total for the 4 nights (@$89.25/night –should you want to add a partner in this room the double occupancy rate increases to $441 total). Four rooms have a queen bed and two have one twin bed. These rooms fill up quickly and will become unavailable as an option to book once full.

Shared Rooms: The majority of available lodging spaces are either shared with two twin beds or have a shared bath in a dorm-style setting. All of these rooms are $220 total for the 4 nights. If it is not possible to find a roommate, the rate will go up to $240 total.

As Santa Fe is such an appealing destination, we are often asked by potential attendees if their partner or family can join them. We understand this desire and encourage attendees to spend some extra time in Santa Fe to truly experience the wonder of this amazing city/area. That said, much of what makes the ISEEN Institute so powerful is the community that we build through meals and social/downtime and, unlike most conferences, this truly is an immersion experience.

Attendees are deeply engaged from sun up to sun down with each other and the program. Partners are invited to join the group for the delicious evening BBQ dinner (additional cost) and the optional sunrise walk, but all other meals and activities are reserved solely for Institute attendees to help build and maintain that core community (and we assume and request attendees will fully participate with the program).

IHM is a former monastery that has been turned into a very peaceful and zen-like retreat center. The space feels more communal than a traditional hotel so it is not especially suited to young children. Partners/families should be prepared to be very independent throughout the duration of the Institute and can drive/walk/take the bus into downtown Santa Fe (5 min drive) for meals and sightseeing and focus any family time/activities before or after the Institute dates.

If you are planning to bring a partner/family please indicate this in your registration and select the options they would like to participate in. Please also ensure you have booked either a private room or understand you will be charged a double occupancy rate.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about the event. Email us at [email protected] or call us at 206-209-5288.

Your 2020 ISEEN Summer Institute Planning Team is excited to see you!