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ISEEN ONLINE 2021: Summer Teacher Institute on Experiential Education Pedagogy
Friday, June 11, 2021 to Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Category: ISEEN Online Programming

About the ISEEN Summer Teacher Institutes

The ISEEN Summer Teacher Institutes fuse rigorous academic work with deep thinking about the cognitive learning process through the experiential learning cycle.  This immersive four-day online course will focus on integrating experiential education in the classroom through a variety of interactive and fun methods with the goal of innovative and transformative learning for your students. 

Special attention to relationship building and creating an interdisciplinary learning community are the most positive aspects of this experience highlighted by educators: 

  • “I was surprised at the connections I made, being virtual and all!”
  • “It was a very positive experience in terms of content learning (especially the modeling around virtual instruction) and also connections.”
  • “It was great meeting everyone and I learned a lot about experiential education in the classroom” 
  • Highlights included “the printable resources and good laughs with other educators about education. Experiencing the creativity of other educators was also very valuable.”


Group will be limited to no more than 20 participants to create a supportive group community. 

Curriculum Development and Coaching: 
Through discipline-specific, small group 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, facilitators help participants rethink assessment, learn new tools from colleagues, and broaden perspectives through immersive, experiential and practical workshops.

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

  1. An understanding of the theory and pedagogy of experiential education and how it relates to academic rigor, student engagement, and classroom enhancement.
  2. Learning how to apply and integrate experiential education pedagogy into the classroom. 
  3. Access to extensive resources relevant to their discipline, the opportunity to learn through an experiential education lesson in practice, taking advantage of the resources available online, 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.
  4. A network of colleagues with whom they can connect throughout the year, share ideas for curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  5. Time to develop and receive feedback on curriculum that can be implemented in their classrooms.
  6. A better understanding of the more integrated role experiential education can play in the entire school culture.

What will the experience be like?

Meeting daily on Zoom, the curriculum will be a mix of large, medium, and smaller group synchronous time, with independent projects, paired work and 1:1 coaching throughout the course. If possible, place-based learning will be a priority and course participants will explore their own communities with new eyes. 

Daily synchronous sessions will include:
    • Full group workshops
    • Coaching- one-one w/facilitator
    • Smaller group work
    • Presentations of final project 
    • Feedback protocols 
Asynchronous work includes: 
  • walking
  • readings
  • projects
  • reflections (written and recorded)
  • providing feedback to colleagues

Read more and register here.