Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission: Why ISEEN Exists:

ISEEN seeks to lead, inform, connect, expand, and steward transformational experiential teaching and learning throughout an interconnected world.

ISEEN's Definition of Experiential Education:

Experiential education is a pedagogical process by which educators engage students through a cycle of direct experience, reflection, analysis, and experimentation. Experiential education values personal connection to deep and applied learning and inspires growth in both the student and teacher.

Values: As Experiential Educators we believe that learning by doing is essential and requires:

  • Adaptability: Embracing the dynamic needs of students and educators in response to an evolving society
  • Community: Engaging in the exchange of diverse ideas and practices to build a network of authentic, supportive, and socially just relationships
  • Inclusivity: Creating an ethos of collaboration in which everyone is respected, valued, and represented as both a life-long learner and contributor
  • Passion: Challenging the status quo and taking the initiative to pursue bold ideas with heart, compassion, and intention

Our Vision for Experiential Education:

Transformative teaching and learning in an interconnected world

Vision for ISEEN: What We Strive For:

  • ISEEN supports and informs a vibrant, engaged worldwide network of educators, schools, NGOs and service providers committed to Experiential Education
  • School leaders across ISEEN understand, embrace and champion the role of Experiential Education in developing 21st-century skills in their schools and communities
  • Schools of education and credentialing agencies (e.g., The College Board, International Baccalaureate Organization, etc.) recognize the value of Experiential Education, integrate it into their curricula, trainings, and materials, and collaborate with ISEEN in its promotion
  • Expansion and diversification of program-related offerings address the needs of and inspire ISEEN membership and its expanded global network, fulfilling our mission
  • Partnerships with local, national, and international philanthropic organizations ensure funding that increases access to and improves the quality of ISEEN resources, programs, and trainings
  • Strategic partnerships with diverse organizations and institutions (e.g., AEE, Round Square, GEBG, Lerner School of Medicine, etc.) achieve synergies and innovations thereby expanding our reach and further promoting Experiential Education
  • Innovative assessments developed by member schools, organizations and like-minded institutions that reinforce deep learning, stimulate reflection and demonstrate the inherent value of Experiential Education are accessed by a broad international audience
  • Focus on experiential learning in the classroom, including the development of teacher resources, informs and promotes the integration of Experiential Education in schools
  • ISEEN’s commitment to global and local diversity and intercultural intelligence is clearly reflected through our membership and participants, governance and policies, and programs, approaches, and resources

Goals: What We Must Achieve to Realize Our Vision:

Strategic Goal #1: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND PROGRAMS: Become a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that prioritizes social justice through mission-focused, relevant, and unique professional development experiences that respond to member demand and nurture existing and future partnerships with mission-aligned organizations.

Strategic Goal #2: FINANCE: Create a long-term sustainable financial model that ensures ISEEN’s ability to actualize its mission and prioritizes diversity, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.

Strategic Goal #3: MARKETING AND MEMBERSHIP: Cultivate a strong, diverse, inclusive, and equitable worldwide network of educators and organizations that are informed and supported by ISEEN.

Strategic Goal #4: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE: Continue to strengthen the Board to support the needs of ISEEN in becoming a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that prioritizes social justice.