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March 12, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
James Island County Park Boardroom
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive

Charleston, SC 29412
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Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Join this interactive workshop and fill your teaching toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, motivate, and promote engagement and buy-in. Take away innovative methods to get learners moving, talking, and reflecting. Empower students to take ownership of learning, practice social-emotional skills, and build a positive and supportive classroom community. Teach and reinforce academic and social-emotional skill content in novel ways to enhance engagement and retention. Leave with creative inspiration and a new perspective on your role as an educator.

Ages 18 and up.

We will explore:
  • Experiential, brain-based methods to actively engage students 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 to help students apply material in meaningful, relevant ways
  • New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching, and social-emotional skill development
  • Reflective tools to help learners find meaning, increase depth of understanding, and application to future learning
  • The role of the educator as a guide and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences
These activities can be facilitated in any sized space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies to build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their school.

About Jennifer Stanchfield:
Jennifer Stanchfield 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 social-emotional learning with academic content, and community building in the classroom and beyond.

In her 27 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children and adolescents, and in professional training and organizational teambuilding. Jen earned her masters degree in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy, and the emerging field of educational neuroscience. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of evidence-informed experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. Jen is author of Tips and Tools for The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons. 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.