Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential Approaches to Social Emotional Learning and Academic Engagement

Jennifer Stanchfield

January 15, 2019
(Snow day: January 29, 2019)

PeoplesChoice Credit Union
23 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, ME

Start 2019 off on the right foot and keep the positive momentum going with your students. Join this interactive workshop and fill your teaching and group facilitation toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, engage and connect students, create a positive and supportive learning community, and cultivate social-emotional learning and meaningful reflection to enhance academic outcomes.

We will explore

  • Experiential, brain-based methods to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
  • Strategies for increasing buy-in and ownership of learning
  • Interactive activities to build community while enlivening academic lessons and differentiating instruction
  • Ways to cultivate social and emotional skills such as communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration, self-regulation, decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression, conflict resolution and reflection
  • Techniques for developing responsive and nurturing relationships teacher to student and peer to peer
  • Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review and reinforce both academic content and social and emotional learning that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways
  • New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching, and social-emotional skills development
  • Reflective tools to help learners find meaning, increase depth of understanding, and application to future learning
  • The role of the educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

These activities can be facilitated in any size space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies that will help them build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their group sessions, school or workplace.

Workshop tuition includes lunch and a copy of Jen Stanchfield’s book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons.

Tentative Schedule & Registration

8:30 Registration, Coffee and light pastries
9:00 –12:00 Workshop
12:00 –1:00 Lunch
1:00 –3:00 Workshop

To register please click here. This is a static registration form - you will need to fill it out and fax or mail back to NELMS.

Registration Deadline: January 8, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 10 attendees is required.

Presenter Bio

Jennifer Stanchfield has worked as a clinician in treatment centers for children and adolescents, as a classroom teacher, and as a professional development provider for educators and counselors. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and methods she brings to her engaging and informative workshops. She is known for her work helping schools and community programs all over the world use experiential methods to develop a positive and supportive learning environment, increase student engagement, and develop social-emotional skills. She has a master’s degree in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jen is the author of Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons, and Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation. She offers practical resources that come from her diverse experiences with learners of all ages incorporated with the latest brain-based research to increase meaningful engagement, integration of SEL with academic content, and community building in the classroom and beyond.