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ISEEN Annual Summer Teachers Institute
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 2:00 PM to Saturday, June 24, 2023, 9:00 AM EST
Category: Summer Institute

ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute
Experiential Education Pedagogy & Practice

June 20-24, 2023
Hosted By Dawson School
Lafayette, CO 

  • Dates: Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24, 2023
  • Six Academic Cohorts Include: Cohorts include: Math, Science, History, English, Interdisciplinary Elementary Ed & Advanced Practitioners Cohort on Intensives and Immersives-NEW! 
  • Final Date to Register: May 5, 2023 

About the Summer Institute 

The ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute fuses 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 and reflective teaching practices while immersed in experiential and place-based activities on the front range of Colorado.  Whereas the ISEEN Winter Institute is an annual gathering for administrators to stay up to date with current thinking on experiential education practices and trends, the Summer Institute brings experiential education 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 and founding experiential education PD for teachers that focuses on elements of place, skills and knowledge development, curriculum design, assessment, and building community & belonging while reflecting and connecting with other attendees. The Institute is conducted in partnership with the Dawson School. It is truly a magical, transformative, and restorative experience through the incredible leadership of our team of facilitators.

What Participants Experience 

Place-Based Learning:  Throughout the week, participants will live and learn through experiential education lessons in practice through immersion within Colorado’s front range. They’ll participate in experiential education through the setting, and the opportunities we create to explore the history and geography of the 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 participants rethink assessment, learn new tools from colleagues, and broaden perspectives through immersive, experiential and practical workshops. 

Creating Connections and Community around Experiential Education: 
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.
  • A better understanding of the integrated role experiential education can play in classrooms, school mission, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist initiatives.
  • Learning how to apply and integrate experiential education pedagogy based on academic disciplines. 
  • Access to extensive resources relevant to their discipline.



What is included in your registration? 
The registration fee is inclusive of all workshops and some meals (lunches, welcome and closing dinner) throughout the duration of the Institute. Lodging not included in registration fee - hotel information below. 

Registration Type


Leadership Circle Schools $1280
ISEEN Members $1600
Non-Members $1750

*Make sure you have a linked profile in our database to receive member pricing. Reach out to Taras ([email protected]) if you are not sure of your member status.

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