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The Inspired Educator Part Two: “Refresh and Reflect”

An “invite only” workshop for educators who attended Jen Stanchfield’s Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner summer course in summer 2013, 2014, and 2015

Workshop Description:
This interactive workshop continues the exploration of experiential, brain-based strategies to increase engagement in academic content, development of social-emotional skills, and ownership over learning. Attendees will share the methods and techniques they have applied from the previous course and receive support from their peers around enhancing the effectiveness of these strategies.

Topics Include:
• Experiential, brain-based approaches to engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
• More methods for creating a positive and supportive environment for learning, and maintaining it throughout the school year
• Increasing student involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning experiences
• Interactive activities and teaching techniques to cultivate important social-emotional skills such as: communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration and cooperation, self-regulation, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression and reflection
• Strategies for embedding instruction in play including games and activities to teach, reinforce and review academic content –maximizing engagement and learning
• Engaging, reflective tools and techniques to help students find meaning and relevancy in their experiences increase depth of understanding and application to future learning situations
We will focus on additional methods to facilitate meaningful reflection, dialogue, and formative assessment. Attendees will take away more methods to engage students with multiple pathways to learning, reviewing, and synthesizing lessons.

About the Instructor:
Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S. In her 23 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children and adolescents, and in the professional training setting. Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools and methods she brings to her engaging and informative workshops and training sessions. Jen is known for her work helping schools and community programs in the US, Canada and Japan use experiential methods to develop a positive learning environment, increase student engagement and develop positive assets and social-emotional skills. She has a master’s degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jen is author of A Teachable Moment and Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation.