Summer Teacher Institute on Experiential Education Pedagogy

Friday, June 11  - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
(the weekend will include asynchronous work & one-one coaching)

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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.”


Day One:  
Friday, June 11
Day Two: 
Monday, June 14
Day Three: 
Tuesday, June 15
Day Four:
Wednesday, June 16 

Active inquiry into experiential education, both theoretical and practical uses through pedagogy, the Kolb cycle, and history of experiential education.

Focus on introducing the lesson plan final project.

Discover strategies for application in the classroom such as rethinking assessment, new tools, and practices.

Focus on community building and peer support.

Elaborate on development of lesson and peer review.

Focus on sharing tools and collaborative lesson plan design.

Deliver  lesson presentations and provide peer feedback.

Focus on celebration and appreciation for learning community.

Each unit will build on the previous to culminate in the development of an experiential lesson plan. 

Daily Synchronous Time: 
Four hours each day, plus a one hour break for lunch —

Eastern Time
Pacific Time
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET) 
  • Lunch Break 
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PT)
  • Brunch Break
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PT) 

Asynchronous Time (1+ hour a day):
Walking, readings, projects, reflections, providing feedback 


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

What Do Previous Attendees Have to Say?

“This institute was an opportunity to be energized with new ideas, caring educators, and inspirational experiential leaders.”

“Connecting with other classroom teachers, particularly because of the variety of backgrounds - types of schools, subject, grade level, location of schools (physical environs and countries!). Listening and learning from them provided me with valuable perspectives to consider when designing lessons in the future.”

“I am grateful for all the work you did to run this institute during a global pandemic - it was engaging and effective!”

Meet the Facilitator: Lynne West

After spending 17 years both teaching and leading teachers in K-12 schools in San Jose, California, Lynne West founded Sunodia Educational Consulting to share her passion for teaching with her fellow educators. As a teacher, she used her foundation in backward curricular planning and cooperative learning to design creative and engaging lessons for her students. In 2016, she was a recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant and spent six months conducting a research project in the Netherlands on language learning methodologies. Lynne has presented workshops on cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, backward planning, and teaching with technology. In addition, she provides personalized instructional coaching sessions. Lynne earned her teaching credential from Santa Clara University, her masters in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her BA in Ancient Greek and Latin from the University of California at Los Angeles.


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Registration Pricing
Member Discount  $450 
Regular Registration $550 
Leadership Circle Schools $250