Jan Pre Conf Options

Jan Pre Conf Options


Optional Pre-Institute Workshops & Activities: The Institute will formally commence at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. Earlier that day we will be offering the following:


  1. Taking Ex Ed from Theory to Practice at your School (Charlie Noyes, Hotchkiss School), 8:00-11:00 a.m. Cost: $75

    • Description: This workshop will engage participants with a practical model for introducing, defining and incorporating experiential education theory and practice into your school's academic curriculum.  If your school is like mine, academic departments are in large part siloed, and while there are pockets of innovation and cross-disciplinary teaching here and there, few teachers and departments are truly communicating and collaborating.  This workshop will walk us through a program designed to bring the outliers in and help establish a more systematic and coordinated approach to incorporating ExEd methodology in classrooms of every discipline.  This workshop will model ExEd practices at the same time we are learning them.  The workshop will be informed by the experience of Hotchkiss School, where, in anticipation of a major curriculum review (beginning fall 2017) top administrators (including the Head of School and Dean of Faculty) have joined with the heads of every academic department to collaboratively discuss how ExEd can be better understood and integrated into the Hotchkiss School academic program.  Initiated by Charlie Noyes, a working group was formed involving representatives from each academic department and two vested administrators.  Through two small group meetings we defined ExEd at Hotchkiss, teased apart essential elements of ExEd pedagogy, and reflected on our individual teaching practices and how we might effectively integrate ExEd principles.  The third and final session required working group members to engage with one to three department colleagues and to revise/design lesson content and/or sequences incorporating ExEd methodologies based on our collective understanding born out of the first two sessions.  These departmental cohorts ultimately presented as a discipline "team" to the the entire group in an informal and discussion-driven gathering.  This work will allow us embed vetted ExEd lesson plans in all academic disciplines this fall, both anticipating and supporting the work of the curriculum review moving forward.  Better still, our collective efforts will be coordinated and based on a universally agreed upon set of ExEd principles and practices.  How might this model help you realize ExEd goals at your school?



  1. The Leadership Action Lab: Experiments in Leadership Education (John Harnetiaux, Catlin Gabel School), 8:00-11:00 a.m. Cost: $75

    • Description: Is leadership a set of learned skills? A function of natural ability? How does one learn  leadership, let alone teach it? What fundamental tools should be in a leader’s toolbox? How do teams actively steward their group process while also tending to large projects and tasks?  These are the questions we are asking in Catlin Gabel’s Leadership Action Lab class. In this workshop, participants will experience a sample of what Catlin Gabel students are doing: they will explore and test various theories around leadership and followership. In particular, through facilitated discussion and activity, we will play with several models of self-awareness and immediacy that ask us—as educators and as humans —to focus on our experience in the present moment. We’ll explore the differences between thoughts, emotions, and desires; the mind-body connection; and the idea of immediacy. We’ll also examine what happens when this process-oriented approach collides with the need to “get things done.”


  1. Guided Walking Tour: Victoria’s Story (John Adams, local historian), 9:30-11 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person (tip not included)

    • Description: Victoria’s Story: Join local historian, John Adams, on a 90-minute guided walk to get to know Victoria and all that it has to offer. This wonderful walkable city has a rich history and John will talk about everything from why it’s the capital of BC, to First Nations and natural history, and on to more current affairs and recent trends in the area. You can find out more about John and his tours at discoverthepast.com


  1. Whale & Wildlife Boat Tour (Eagle Wing Tours), 12-3:00 p.m. Cost: $101.33 CDN per person (approx. $75 USD). Meeting place at Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Dallas Road.

    • Description: “We bring the Wild to life!” Whale watching is a major attraction for many visitors coming to Victoria and Eagle Wing Tours has been the #1 rated whale watching company on Trip Advisor since 2007 & the #1 top sustainable whale watching business in Canada. Victoria's only award winning whale watch operator, we are the Premiere choice when it comes to: being sustainable, responsible, professional, thrilling, comfortable, and safe. People choose us for the thrill of a lifetime in British Columbia’s beautiful capital city – at the center of the world’s highest concentration of Killer Whales (Orca / Blackfish) and other whale (cetacean) species, such as: Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, and Minke Whales!” The tour will take place on a 50-passenger, semi-covered, heated catamaran. Please note that in winter this trip is a wildlife tour with a good chance of seeing a whale, but no guarantees. Tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis by clicking on Book Tour at https://www.eaglewingtours.com/. Use the promo code ISEEN17. Note: Attendees are fully responsible for booking this tour along with transporting themselves to/from the boat (15-minute walk from hotel). ISEEN will not be managing any payment or logistics connected to this tour.


  1. Welcome & Orientation for all First Timers to ISEEN (ISEEN Board of Directors), 3:30-4:30 p.m. No charge

    • Description: This time is designed for all first timers to ISEEN to come get to know each other and the ISEEN staff and board of directors and will provide a helpful orientation to the Institute and how to get the most out of your experience.


Optional Wednesday Night Dinner: 10 Acre Common Restaurant, Wednesday January 17, 7:30-9:30pm, $30 per person (not including alcohol)

  • Description: Wednesday night provides ISEEN attendees the opportunity to either have a night off from the group OR continue socializing and networking with a casual and social event at 10 Acre Common, a ten minute walk from the hotel in the heart of Victoria.  We will have a variety of dynamic food stations that will provide diverse food options and allow you to mingle your way through a meal. We usually find that about 80-90% of attendees will join the group for this activity. If you are interested in joining us please click the box below. The dinner costs $30.00 per person (drinks are not included). 


Optional Post-Institute Activities: The Institute will formally conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19. For those staying the night we are offering the following:


  1. Curling (Victoria Curling Club), 2-3 p.m. Cost: $12

    • Description: Canada Eh! What better way to embrace the great white north than to try the game of curling! You can find out what the terms rock, front of the house, and hogged rock mean. You might even participate in a broomstack. And it’s probably the only time you will sweep for fun! Join fellow ISEENers for a lesson in curling and we know you’ll love it. Clean running shoes, layers and laughter are required! If you have no idea what curling is, check out this video.

    • Note: Attendees can choose to pair this with High Tea at the Empress and ISEEN transportation will drop them off at the hotel after curling. Attendees can also just select curling and be dropped off at the Empress Hotel (and can walk back to the Delta in 10 minutes).


  1. Tea at the Empress (Fairmont Empress Hotel), 3:30-4:30/5:00 p.m. Cost: $75

    • Description: “A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual of afternoon tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Reinvigorated in our timeless, sophisticated Lobby Lounge, Tea at the Empress is a quintessential Victoria experience.” More information can be accessed by clicking here.

      • Note: Attendees can choose to pair this with curling and ISEEN transportation will drop them off at the Empress after curling. Attendees can also just select High Tea and will need to walk to the Empress (about a 10-minutes walk from our Host Hotel).


  1. Craft Beer Food Pair Extravaganza (West Coast Brewery Tours), 6-9 p.m. Cost: $50 (plus cost of dinner at Canoe)

  • Description: Victoria is well-known for many craft brewery options all within walking distance. Join this fully-guided experience by West Coast Brewery Tours
    • 1st stop: Sult Pierogi Bar where we’ll pair up a pint of Hoyne Brewing Co. beer with award-winning house-made pierogis. (You can even try a poutine pierogi!)
    • 2nd stop: Swans historic Brewpub and Hotel. This beautiful heritage hotel boosts some impressive First Nations artwork and sculptures and their food is top notch. We will do a back of the house brewery tour and try craft beer poured right out of the tanks before heading out to the pub for a full flight of craft beer paired up with a choice of Arancini balls, Bruschetta, Chicken wings, Duck Confit Fries or Scotch Eggs.
    • 3rd stop: Canoe Brewpub on the waterfront. Another heritage building known for their West Coast cuisine and delicious craft beer. Guests will choose their own meal on their own dollar (additional cost) and we will provide a full flight of their in-house craft beer to pair with their food.
      • Note: ISEEN attendees who are not interested in taking part in the Craft Beer Tour can also elect to join the group for dinner at Canoe Brewpub. Please see sign up option below.