The Winter Institute is specifically geared to those working within independent school experiential education programs (outdoor/adventure education, global education, service learning, student leadership, and sustainability programs) and provides opportunities to learn from experts.

What is ISEEN?

ISEEN is an international learning laboratory and networking opportunity through which independent school experiential educators, administrators, & classroom teachers can share their challenges and successes, learn of and from model programs, and explore the developing role of experiential practices within our educational communities. Experiential education encompasses a host of different initiatives in each of our schools including:
  • outdoor/adventure education
  • global education/travel
  • service learning
  • sustainability initiatives
  • leadership development
  • classroom pedagogy


The Summer Institute focusses on classroom teachers, providing them an understanding of how experiential education pedagogy and practice can help enhance their academic curricula and classroom practice. To provide focus to the discussions and stronger opportunities to develop community.


ISEEN is the leader and steward of experiential education in independent schools. Through our annual institutes and other opportunities, we share information, facilitate connections amongst innovative educators, and advocate for the expansion of experiential education.


Attendees at 8th Annual Janary Institute in Santa Barbara, CA describe their experience with ISEEN. Video was shot by the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press


ISEEN was listed at the NAIS 2012 Annual Conference as one of the top ten innovations in independent schools by Pat Basset, retired President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Spring 2013 Issue of the NAIS Independent Schools magazine was devoted to experiential education after the editor's attendance at an ISEEN January Institute.