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7th Annual ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute Experiential Education Pedagogy & Practice
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to Saturday, August 14, 2021
Category: Summer Institute

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 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  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 while reflecting and connecting with other attendees. The Institute is conducted in partnership with Santa Fe Prep. It is truly a magical, transformative, and restorative experience through the incredible leadership of our team of facilitators.

2021 Academic Discipline Cohorts
Teachers enroll in one of the following academic discipline cohorts:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Elementary Education/Lower School (interdisciplinary) 
  • History (Social Studies)
  • English
  • World Languages

What Participants Experience

Place-Based Learning: Throughout the week, participants will live and learn through experiential education lessons in practice through immersion within Santa Fe’s history and the culture. They’ll participate in experiential education through the food, the setting, and the opportunities we create to explore the vibrant art scene and history of the city and 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.


Read more and register here.