2020 Winter Institute Pre and Post Workshops & Activities

To enhance your Institute experience, we’re offering some exceptional, hands-on workshops for those who can travel on Monday, January 20. Additionally, we’re offering low-cost pre- and post-institute social/outdoor activities that will help you engage even more deeply with Portland and the region. Click on the link in titles of the workshops to navigate to the specific description with the details.

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Tuesday, January 21 - Pre-Institute Workshops & Activities

Risk Management for School Administrators: Tools for Assessing and Managing Social and Emotional Risk
Beginning the Climb Toward Equity

This workshop has been cancelled

Time and Cost: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $150

Facilitator: Aparna Rajagopal, J.D., The Avarna Group

Audience: This workshop is beneficial for school leaders interested in further deepening their school's risk management practices. This will focus especially on understanding how institutional bias impacts risk management and how to overcome those biases. 

Workshop Description: Participants will gain an understanding of how to apply existing risk management frameworks and tools to assess institutional bias in their own programs, as well as a detailed toolkit of ways they can structurally mitigate bias.

Through relevant context, engaging activities and resources for continuing the process, "Beginning the Climb" will engage participants in practice, self-awareness, critical analysis, more practice, and resources for further education as we guide them further along in the creation of equitable and culturally competent experiential learning environments and outdoor experiences.

Our workshop will begin with a quick overview of how bias may manifest in our individual interactions and our institutional structures throughout a program participant's engagement with our organizations: from when they fill out intake forms to medical screening to orientation, gear, rations, lodging, and tent/lodging policies, program structure, curriculum, and risk management (this will cover salient tips from the Avarna toolkit "Inclusion Tips for Outdoor and Program Field Staff" available online).

Participants will then utilize the bull's eye risk management framework to assess institutional bias in their own organization through a set of intentionally crafted scenarios. School leaders will come away with risk management tools for equitable experiential learning programs.

Aparna Rajagopal, J.D. HeadshotAbout the Facilitator:
Aparna Rajagopal, J.D.: Aparna (she/her) is a former engineer and lawyer who shifted gears nearly a decade ago to supporting outdoor and environmental organizations with their justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) efforts. Over the years she has facilitated workshops on JEDI topics for thousands of outdoor educators, nonprofit leaders, outdoor industry professionals, land managers, conservation grantors, natural resources and environmental scholars, and conservationists. As a thought leader in the JEDI space, she has helped organizations that work on engagement, connection, caring, and management of “more than human nature” evolve to actively having difficult conversations about topics such as bias, privilege, oppression, equity, justice, and accomplices. She has published widely and she has also spearheaded projects that amplify stories and connections of black, indigenous, and people of color in nature, including Expedition Denali: Inspiring Diversity in the Outdoors. Most recently, Aparna co-founded and has served as director for the People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and the Environment Summit (pgmone.org).

Learning to Listen: Designing an Ethical Global Program

Time and Cost: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $150

Facilitators: Christen Clougherty, Executive Director of the Nobis Project in collaboration with Rethinking Orphanages, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $150

Audience: This workshop is ideal for those looking to deepen their understanding of simulation education, problem-based learning, and community engagement.

Workshop Description:
Global travel imprints students’ lives and shapes their understanding of global citizenship. With this promise of transformation comes a responsibility - educational leaders must keep students safe, and design and guide students’ experiences. Leaders are challenged with appropriately identifying and describing these new experiences in a way that honors and cultivates respect for cultural differences. This workshop prepares leaders and educators to engage students in critical conversations about citizenship, human rights, race, class, power, and social justice. Participants will learn how to design ethical global travel or global service-learning programs that reflect a deep understanding of and respect for the needs of their community partners.

About the Facilitator:
Christen Clougherty is the Founder and Executive Director of the Nobis Project, a non-profit educational support organization that focuses on developing educators’ capacity to foster reciprocal and meaningful community partnerships, build cultural responsive classrooms, and promote a social justice approach to global service-learning. Christen has over twenty years of experience as an educator and administrator in community organizations, K-12 public, charter, and independent schools, and colleges/universities. Her honors include recognition as a National Emerging Scholar for K-12 Service-Learning Research (2008 and 2009) by the National Service-Learning Partnership at the Academy for Educational Development.


Both, And! Engaging Socioecological Justice in Experiential Education

Time and Cost: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $150

Facilitators: Danny Frank, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education, Northland College, Ashland, WI.

Audience: This workshop will appeal broadly to exploring how social justice is more deeply involved in experiential education, especially how it intersects with outdoor education.

Workshop Description: Are you torn between curricular priorities of social justice and environmental connectedness? Do you sometimes feel there isn’t time for both? Do you want to learn new ways to more effectively mesh these topics in your work? This workshop is for you! This session provides tools for blending social justice and environmental connectedness through a socioecological lens. Participants will create a detailed road map for building more inclusive, socially just, and ecologically grounded programming in a wide variety of experiential education settings.  

Background: For decades, experiential education scholars and practitioners have called for increased attention to issues of social justice and environmental stewardship in our field.  Often, these critical topics are addressed in isolation from one another, which leads to an either/or sensibility about the existence of issues related to society and the environment.  Recently, as evidenced by Bowers (2002, 2003), Furman & Gruenewald (2004), Wattchow & Brow (2011), Wattchow, et. al (2014), there is an increased call for educators to embrace the interconnectedness of society and ecology, in order to stem the tides of social injustice and environmental degradation that threaten our world. This workshop is significant in providing a detailed road map through the nexus of these crucial ideals.

Specifics: This workshop will equip participants with tools for integrating socioecological theoretical perspectives and pedagogical practices into their programmatic design and teaching. This workshop will be highly interactive and involve small group and individual work time. Intended learning outcomes are as follows:
  1. Participants will define socioecological education and socioecological justice, and explain their relevance to experiential education.
  2. Participants will identify ideals/values/or practices in their own programs, which may perpetuate a dichotomous view of social and ecological justice, and critique them using the lens of socioecological theory.
  3. Participants will design or revise an existing programmatic framework for their own organizations, built on socioecological principles.
About the Facilitator: 
Danny Frank is an Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education at Northland College in Ashland, WI.  He holds an Ed.D. in Global Indigenous Teaching & Learning from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and holds MA and BA degrees from Prescott College. Danny has worked in both expeditionary and site-based outdoor adventure settings, particularly higher education and in therapeutic and behavioral contexts with at-risk adolescents.  Throughout his life and career, he has gained a deep understanding of the inter/intra-personal, institutional, and systemic constructs that marginalize certain social groups and perpetuate social inequities in the United States. Danny has facilitated training for program staff, administrators, university faculty and staff, and undergraduate and graduate students in areas of intercultural competency development, dynamics of privilege and marginalization, and social justice curriculum integration.  Danny’s doctoral research examined the extent to which faculty in outdoor education enact socioecological principles in their curriculum and pedagogy. He has also served on and chaired several institutional and community boards focused on social justice. Perhaps most importantly, Danny is also a proud father and avid adventurer.

Curricular Design for Exploring Head, Heart and Hand Learning in Schools

Time and Cost: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Cost: $150

Facilitators: Ross Wehner, Founder of World Leadership School and Erin Hawk,  Executive Director, World Leadership School

Audience: This workshop is beneficial for influencers, thought leaders and experiential educators who are interested in exploring how to accelerate meaningful, world-connected learning in their school.
Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will begin by exploring the future of K-12 learning. In particular, we will explore the idea that learning in the past has been mainly about thinking, or helping students develop key cognitive skills and content knowledge. We will explore a framework of learning called Purpose Learning, which is the idea of learning as thinking, feeling and doing, all at the same time. At the intersection of these three domains, students have the opportunity to develop both a deep sense of self and solid connections to the world. In other words, students can explore their unique purpose in life. We will examine case studies of both independent and charter schools which are pioneering new forms of Purpose Learning, and how they are measuring their impact on both students and the communities they serve.

In the second half of this workshop, we will dive into a design process that helps educators take an existing lesson plan, unit or program and consider how to make it more purpose-driven. We will explore how small tweaks can make a huge change in impact, how an old lesson plan can be transformed through a framework of thinking, feeling and doing. In this process, educators will use a playbook and other design tools to explore concrete examples of Purpose Learning.

Ross Wehner HeadshotAbout the Facilitators: 

Ross Wehner is the Founder of World Leadership School, the mission of which is to “partner with K-12 schools to reimagine learning and create tomorrow’s leaders.” Ross Wehner began his career working as a journalist in Latin America in the 1990s, during which time he wrote about the end of Chile’s Pinochet regime, the sweep of democracy across the region and problems such as human rights, climate change, and poverty. Ross went onto work as a classroom teacher and instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. His focus is on helping K-12 schools make the cultural shift towards authentic global education and leadership programs that help prepare students for a volatile and fast-changing world.

Erin Hawk HeadshotErin Hawk, Executive Director, focuses on developing sustainable partnerships with communities hosting WLS’ Collaborative Leadership Programs and works closely with schools to help transform learning through life-changing travel opportunities and inspiring educator development. Prior to joining World Leadership School, Erin served as a Director of Programs for Camp Fire USA, a youth development non-profit that focuses on service-learning and summer camps. While at Camp Fire, Erin developed new service learning and outdoor programs for after-school, in-school and summer camp settings using the traditional Camp Fire USA curriculum. Before that, Erin helped design and manage youth programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Tucson, Arizona. Through these and all WLS programs, Erin seeks to enable students to unleash their unknown potential.

4T Trail Urban Hike

Time and Cost: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Meet: The Benson Lobby -- we’ll catch the Max close by to get started
Cost: No charge for ISEEN, but you’ll want to have money for lunch + purchase a one-day transit pass through the Trimet Hop Fastpass (you can find out how to do that here).

Facilitators: Cris Harris from Hawken School, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Meet: The Benson Lobby -- we’ll catch the Max close by to get started
Cost: No charge for ISEEN, but you’ll want to have money for lunch + purchase a $5 one-day transit ticket (the easiest way to do that is to download the transit app and have it on your phone -- you can do that here). More about riding the Max and purchasing TriMet Tickets can be found here.

Activity Description: The 4T Trail is a unique and super fun way to see how the city and nature merge in Portland. And you get to do it all by the city’s means of getting around that start with “T”: train, trail, tram, trolley. In total, you’ll be walking about 2.5 miles throughout the 4-hour(ish) tour in between various transit rides. This tour has it all! Views of the city, views of mountains (well, with clear skies you’ll see mountains), parks and many many green spaces, and a thriving city center. In the middle of it all, we’ll stop for lunch at a delicious Portland establishment and we’ll make it back to the Benson by mid-afternoon. 

Friday, January 24 - Post-Institute Workshops & Activities

Forest Park Hike

Time and Cost: Meet at 2:30 pm. Meeting Location: Lower Macleay Park ( ~10-15 minute car ride; ~30 min bus ride on the 15 bus; ~1-hour walk from the Benson). We’ll arrange for anyone who wants to rideshare to meet in the lobby.

Workshop Description: As one of the largest urban forests in the country, Portland’s Forest Park is definitely worth making the effort to get there, even if for a short stroll. In order to make that possible for folks, we’ll have a group of folks heading out on a short hike after the Institute concludes. There’s no cost to this hike or registration, but we wanted to make sure you know this opportunity will be there! We’ll have some local Portlanders leading the way.

Post-Institute Happy Hour
Loyal Legion Beer Hall, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Directions: 6 minutes by car OR a 25-minute walk from The Benson

Activity Description: Please join us at Loyal Legion Beer Hall to experience some delicious local brews and tasty food. We received quite a few RSVPS, so we extended the Happy Hour time (starts at 3pm now!). It gets quite busy on Friday afternoons, so if you want to definitely have a seat, we recommend getting there early and ordering food on the earlier end.

Saturday, January 25, to Sunday, January 26 - Post-Institute Workshops & Activities

Post-Institute Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Training
This workshop has been cancelled
Dates and Times: Sat, Jan 25, 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sun, Jan 26 9:00 am-3:30 pm

Cost: $200 (+$30 for CPR)

Location: Oregon Episcopal School

Workshop Description: This two-day training utilizes a mix of class sessions, hands-on practice and emergency scenarios to teach you how to do the following:
  • Recognize and provide care for life-threatening injuries
  • Evaluate and provide long-term patient care
  • Be a backcountry leader and to survive

This is a great way to get your WFA training in after attending the ISEEN Institute! You will receive SOLO WFA certification valid for 2 years.

Participants have three options for the workshop and will select their track during the enrollment form: 1) WFA only, 2) WFA + CPR certification, 3) Wilderness First Responder recertification.

About the Facilitator:
Matt May is the Founder and CEO of 4Points Expeditions. He is a retired Southern California Firefighter and a State of California and National Registry Paramedic. Matt is a graduate of The University of Michigan and The University of Edinburgh where he received a degree in outdoor education. He has a long history in the emergency medical training and outdoor expedition industries. Matt is a professional backcountry guide and certified medical trainer. He runs a variety of courses for trainers as well. 

Additional Notes: At least a portion of the course will be outside, attendees should be prepared for cold, rainy Portland weather. Attendees should also bring a day-pack for supplies and should bring your own supplies as well.