Upcoming Workshop

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

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Inspire, Engage, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons: Experiential, Brain-Based Strategies to Integrate Social Emotional and Academic Learning

Presenter: Jennifer Stanchfield, MS
Experiential Tools


Thursday, October 27, 2022
Registration begins at 8:00 am
The program runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Littleton Middle School
55 Russell St, Littleton, MA

Join this interactive session and fill your toolbox with active, brain-based, and student-centered techniques to inspire, engage, and create lasting, meaningful lessons. Empower students to take ownership of learning, practice social and emotional skills, and build a positive, connected, inclusive, and supportive classroom community. Enliven academic and social, and emotional learning content delivery and assessment with active, student-centered participation methods to enhance involvement, buy-in, and retention. Harness the power of experiential learning and active reflection to teach, practice, and assess academics while cultivating collaboration, student voice, problem-solving, self and social awareness, and communication. Facilitate meaningful review and reflection to increase relevancy and understanding. Get learners moving, talking, and reflecting to create lasting lessons. Leave with practical engagement strategies, creative inspiration, and new perspectives on your role as an educator.

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

We will explore:

  • Experiential, brain-based methods to actively engage students physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually

  • Interactive activities to build community while enlivening academic lessons, differentiating instruction, and promoting social and emotional learning -and the classroom structures to make them a success

  • Practical ways to promote student voice, choice, engagement, and ownership of learning 

  • Methods for creating a positive, responsive, and supportive environment for learning starting on day one and maintaining it throughout the school year

  • Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review and reinforce academic content that helps learners apply content in meaningful, relevant ways

  • Compelling research from the field of educational neuroscience that supports and informs experiential approaches to teaching, community building, and social-emotional learning

  • 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 

  • Methods to design, sequence, scaffold, and adapt activities to enhance learning outcomes and take advantage of "teachable moments"

  • 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 the group and individual needs and differences

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About Jennifer Stanchfield

Jen works with schools worldwide, helping educators use experiential methods to develop positive and supportive learning environments, increase student engagement, and develop social and emotional skills. Jen's depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications that stem from her diverse experiences with learners of all ages incorporated with neuroscience-informed practices. In her 30 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children and adolescents, and professional training and organizational team building. Jen 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 tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. Jen is the author of Tips and Tools for The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and the Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons and the Inspired Educator Blog at experientialtools.com