Wabash Valley Education Center

*Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Academic Engagement and Social Emotional Learning

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 skills content in novel ways to enhance engagement and retention. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on your role as an educator.


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 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 school.



Workshop includes a copy of Jennifer's book:  Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner.



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Jennifer Stanchfield

Jennifer 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.  She earned her master’s 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, the new book 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.


Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)

Location: Wabash Valley Education Center


Cost: $135/Service Center Member or $270/District not belonging to a Service Center*


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 12/3/2019 9:00 AM EST

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906