2021 Global Institute Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 6 – Thursday, October 7

Risk Management for Experiential and Outdoor Education Programs
October 6 – 7 |  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | $500

Workshop Description: 

This pre-conference offers participants a complete system for understanding and managing risks in experiential education programs, based on current accident causation research and best practice standards. We’ll cover a framework for developing a risk management plan, discuss a systems-based approach for understanding direct and indirect risk domains that contribute to incidents and review safety management standards and risk management instruments. Using case studies, small group activities, and presentations, participants will explore how the model and approaches presented can be applied to their own organization and experiential programs. Participants will be provided with a copy of the textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation, and Adventure, suitable for experiential education program contexts. Extensive additional resources will be provided.

The session will be approximately 40 percent lecture/PowerPoint presentation, and 60 percent audience participation. Attendees will engage in the case study analysis, small-group discussion, a program self-assessment activity, and a sample emergency response scenario. Participants will have the opportunity at the beginning of the workshop to list specific questions or discussion topics that we will do our best to cover.

  • Participants will learn a comprehensive framework, based on the best available research, for understanding and managing risks in the experiential education context. Participants will learn detailed information about risk management planning, risk domains, risk management instruments, standards, best practices, and systems thinking approaches to safety
  • Participants will be provided with examples or templates for medical screening, risk management plans, emergency response plans, staff training, and supervision systems, and more, that can be adapted for their own program
  • Participants will have the opportunity to compare their own risk management systems to those of others and best practice standards


Jeff Baierlein

Jeff Baierlein is an author, consultant, trainer, and speaker on experiential program risk management, environmental education, and business leadership. Jeff directs the consultancy Viristar, providing safety, curriculum design, and strategy consulting and training to experiential education organizations worldwide. He is the author of Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation, and Adventure. Jeff is an outdoor safety expert witness, an adventure program reviewer with the Association for Experiential Education, and the former Executive Director of both the Boojum Institute and Outward Bound Baltimore the Chesapeake Bay. He has served on numerous Boards and given presentations in 15 countries, where his work has been translated into Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese. Jeff has degrees in Environmental Education, Human Development, and Business Management, and lives in Seattle, Washington. 

Placed Based Learning & Community Engagement Beyond the Classroom
Thursday, October 7 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $150

Workshop Description:

As instructors, we often contextualize our teaching material to relate to issues in our community and the world. This workshop is for teachers who are looking for ways to have their students engage beyond the classroom. Learning Across Borders (LAB) is an educational nonprofit focused on students and educators from the United States and the Asia-Pacific region with two initiatives: The LAB Program and LAB Camps. The LAB Program is an extra-curricular environmental science, project-based competition for middle and high school students, and LAB Camps curate tailored experiential learning trips in Hawaii and Asia. These initiatives provide the basis for this workshop as both foster a deeper connection between the classroom and the outside community and allow students to become active participants in their learning process. 

The workshop will be divided into two sections: 1) building classroom-community linkages into the curriculum and 2) encouraging students to be globally-engaged citizens. The first section will start by introducing different methods of LAB mentors in The LAB Program have used to incorporate local issues and community resources into their students' research, experimentation, and learning processes. Following this, participants will brainstorm ways they can introduce similar techniques into their curriculum. This will be done in small groups with a later sharing portion with the wider group. The second section will start by introducing LAB's observations of participating students and teachers in LAB Camps and the LAB Program's international finals, the Global LAB. This will focus on the benefits we have seen of students and teachers exploring new cultures and countries, engaging with peers and communities, and the personal impact of these experiences. Following this, participants will share their "dream" experiential learning trip that would allow their students to gain a nuanced understanding of and foster deeper engagement with pressing global issues.


Kinga Wojtas

Kinga Wojtas is the social studies middle school and high school teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as the Program Officer at Learning Across Borders Program. She is a graduate student at the American University School of International Service and pursuing her Master of Arts in International Relations degree. She is passionate about world affairs and cultures, as well as sustainable living and environmental conservation. Originally from Poland, she has lived in several cities in the U.S. and has been in Hawaii for over 5 years. She has also traveled around Europe and Asia and for the last 3 years, she has encouraged her students to participate in LAB Global Finals. Kinga and her students joined LAB Global community in Vietnam and Cambodia and plan on attending LAB Global Finals 2020. She enjoys supporting students in their drive to experience other cultures and gain new perspectives. Discovering her passion for travel and service-learning as a teenager, Kinga is always excited to explore new places, develop new relationships, and gain better cross-cultural understanding.

Empowering Students through Agile Learning 
October 7 |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | $150

Workshop Description:
Over the last two decades, Agile values and management techniques have spread from software development throughout the business world. What makes Agile effective? How can we apply these principles in education to promote 21st-century skills? This session will explore a brief history of Agile practices before getting into the down n’ dirty of trying it out in for student and teacher teams. While the majority of time will be spent iterating scrum boards for project-based learning, we will also consider how to integrate sprints, squads, and stand-ups to create viable learning rhythms and facilitate classroom flow.

  • Learn about the tenets and history of Agile as it applies to business & education
  • Experiment with various scrum board templates to facilitate student autonomy and collaboration skills


Heather Carreiro

Heather strives to build leadership, collaboration skills, and values in students and faculty through authentic experiences. She is pursuing an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is particularly interested in the application of modern management concepts such as Lean and Agile in education. Heather started her international career working with an NGO in Pakistan focused on training teachers in project-based learning. She has since worked in Vietnam, India, and South Korea. Holding an MA in English and a Principal Licensure Certificate, Heather serves as an accreditation evaluation volunteer for the Council of International Schools. 

The Stories We Must Share: Narratives of North Korea
October 7 |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | $150

Workshop Description:

This workshop is divided into two parts. In the first, participants explore how we formulate our conceptual understandings of history through narrative; the second is an immersive experience with defectors from North Korea. First, participants engage in a “construction” of knowledge using artifacts from neuroscience research related to memory and education. We explore questions related to the quality of memory and our tendency to ignore how it works in daily life. Lastly, we examine our assumptions about a “split Korea” through a quick historical case study. In the second part of the workshop, we are joined by defectors who share their own accounts of their lives and their experience defecting. Upon hearing these accounts, participants will be challenged to fit parts of their stories into their presupposed narrative of life in North Korea.  

To end the workshop, we break into small groups for guided discussions related to the teaching brain, how we can teach good listening, and how we can tell others’ stories with integrity.


Mason Hults, Envoys, Director of Programming

Mason Hults is an inquiry-based educator and trainer and serves as the Director of Programming at Envoys. Mason draws perspective from experiences as an IB teacher, a grass-roots community organizer, a curriculum developer, a teacher trainer.  He spent nine of his last fifteen years living and working in education abroad in Niger, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the United States. In his free time, Mason pursues an independent study of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and other languages of peace and conflict resolution. Mason holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in International Hospitality Management and earned his Ed.M. from Harvard University where he studied bilingual learners, moral mentoring, cultural awareness, and human development.

Casey Lartigue, Jr., TNKR International Director and co-Founder

Casey Lartigue is an American advocate and activist for educational freedom who is now based in South Korea. In 2013, he co-founded along with Eunkoo Lee the Teach North Korean Refugees Global Education Center (TNKR) in Seoul. He is the 2017 winner of the Hansarang Rural Cultural Foundation’s “Special Contribution” Award and Challenge Korea’s 2018 Global Award and 2019 “Challenge Maker” Award. He is co-editor of the book Educational Freedom in Urban America: Brown v. Board after Half a Century. He is a columnist with the Korea Times and teaches public speaking at the Seoul University of Foreign Studies. Lartigue received a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.