2022 ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute

 “This was a truly transformational experience. You leave the conference with an entirely new way of thinking about what you do in the classroom and how you do it.!” - Dr. James Murray (The Pingry School)

8th Annual 
ISEEN Summer Teacher Institute
Experiential Education Pedagogy & Practice

June 1519, 2022
Hosted By Episcopal High School | Alexandria, Virginia 

  • Dates: Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, June 19, 2022
  • Six Academic Cohorts Include: Math, Science, History, English, World Languages disciplines, and an interdisciplinary Elementary Ed cohort
  • Final Date to Register: Registration for the 2022 Summer Institute is now closed. 

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 the Washington DC Metro area.  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 Episcopal High School, a longtime ISEEN member and a Leadership Circle School. The Summer Institute is truly a magical, transformative, and restorative experience through the incredible leadership of our team of facilitators.

Kolb's Learning Cycle

2022 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

Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

Day 1: Wednesday, June 15
1:00 PM—3:00 PM Attendees arrive and check-in at Episcopal High School
4:00 PM—5:20 PM Institute Welcome & Introduction
5:20 PM—6:30 PM Group Dinner and Orientation
6:30 PM—7:30 PM Academic discipline breakout and orientation
7:30 PM Optional after-hours socializing 
Day 2: Thursday, June 16
7:00 AM—8:00 AM Optional morning activities: yoga (with Erin Sonn), running, biking 
7:30 AM—8:30 AM Breakfast
8:35 AM—8:45 AM Morning Circle
8:45 AM—11:30 AM Large group workshop: Understanding Experiential Education from a Teacher’s Perspective
11:00 AM—12:30 PM Academic discipline breakouts
12:30 PM—1:30 PM Lunch 
1:30 PM—2:30 PM Black History of Alexandria walking tour 
2:45 PM—5:00 PM Academic Discipline Group Breakouts
5:00 AM—5:30 AM Homeroom Reflection/Discussion
6:00 PM—7:00 PM  Dinner
7:30 PM  (optional) After-hours DC area place-based activities (Kennedy Center, Old Town, Monuments at Night)
Day 3: Friday, June 17
7:00 AM—8:00 AM 
Optional morning activities: yoga (with Erin Sonn), running, biking 
7:30 AM8:25 AM Breakfast 
8:25 AM8:30 AM Morning Circle
8:30 AM12:30 PM Academic discipline breakouts
12:30 PM—1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM—4:30 PM  Off-campus trip to Washington D.C.
4:30 PM—5:00 PM Homeroom 
6:00 PM—7:00 PM Dinner
Day 4: Saturday, June 18
8:00 AM8:55 AM Breakfast
8:55 AM—9:00 AM Morning Circle
9:00 AM12:00 PM Academic discipline breakouts
12:00 PM1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM—2:00 PM Academic discipline breakouts - group debriefs 
2:00 PM—3:00 PM Ex Ed Slam - Large group showcase of resources/lesson plans 
3:00 PM—4:00 PM  Large Group Debrief homerooms 
4:00 PM—5:00 PM Group Closing of Institute 
6:00 PM—8:00 PM Closing celebration dinner at Episcopal High School 
Day 5: Sunday, June 19 — Check out and depart anytime before noon.
8:00-9:00am Final breakfast (optional)

What Participants Experience 

Place-Based Learning: Throughout the week, participants will live and learn through experiential education lessons in practice through immersion within northern Virginia and Washington DC’s history and the culture. They’ll participate in experiential education through the landmarks, neighborhoods, and the opportunities we create to explore the vibrant history and politics of the Washington DC metro area.

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.

"Remember the magic that you felt when you had the chance to delve into an experience that you had been looking forward to for a long time? Would you like the chance to include more of those moments in your classroom? Then, this is the opportunity for you! A supportive learning lab with your cohort group, learning experiences and shared moments of discovery in conversations, hikes, yoga or an early morning run will continue to refresh your spirits for the entire week." (Norman Kim-Senior - Episcopal High School)


What is included in your registration? 
The registration fee is inclusive of all workshops and includes room and board (all meals plus snacks). Participants will be housed in dormitories on the campus of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA.  All rooms will be single rooms and provide access to shared single-gender (men’s and women’s) bathrooms. In addition to the shared bathrooms, two lockable private bathrooms are available in one of the dorms.

Registration Type


Non-member schools $2500
Member schools  $2200
Leadership Circle Schools (20% off full price) $1999

* Canadian Schools: We are offering an exchange rate discount to interested Canadian schools. Please contact Taras Ferencevych at [email protected] for more information.

Registration is now closed. SI 2022 concluded June 19, 2022

Important Registration Notes:

  • Full payment will be required upon registration, be prepared with a credit card. 
  • Price includes room and board for the duration of the Institute. 
  • Learn more about becoming an ISEEN member and the benefits connected to membership. 
Cancelation Policy
Current Covid-19 Protocols
Travel Logistics 


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about the event. Email us at [email protected] or call us at (206) 209-5288.

Your 2022 ISEEN Summer Institute Planning Team