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. 

Inspire, Engage, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons! Experiential Brain-Based Approaches to Integrate SEL and Academics

Presenter: Jennifer Stanchfield

October 1, 2021 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Kittery Community Center
120 Rogers Rd, Kittery, ME

Join this interactive session and fill your toolbox with dynamic brain-based techniques to inspire, engage, and create lasting meaningful lessons. Empower students to take ownership of learning, practice social-emotional skills, and build a connected, inclusive, and supportive classroom community. Enliven academic and SEL content delivery and assessment with active, student-centered participation methods to enhance involvement and retention. Harness the power of play and active reflection to increase self and social awareness, promote equity, collaboration, student voice, problem-solving, and communication Leave with practical strategies to promote engagement and buy-in, creative inspiration, and new perspectives on your role as an educator.

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.


Our workshop will be held in the Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center. This large open space provides room for physical distancing and weather permitting, outdoor spaces are also available. Masks will be required in indoor spaces. Please bring a lunch so we can make the most of our time together in this interactive workshop with a lunch networking and reflection activity.

We will explore:

  • Experiential, brain-based approaches to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually in social-emotional learning, academic, and counseling

  • 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

  • Experiential facilitation/teaching fundamentals used to design, sequence, and adapt experiential activities to take advantage of “teachable moments” and create lasting meaningful lessons

  • Techniques for increasing participant involvement, buy-in, voice, choice, and ownership in learning experiences

  • Compelling research from the neuroscience field that informs facilitation, engagement, and social-emotional skills development

  • Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review, and reinforce training and academic content that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways.

  • Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning

  • •Interactive activities to build community and promote social and emotional learning while enlivening lessons and differentiating instruction

  • The role of the facilitator/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.


About Jennifer Stanchfield

Jen's depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of teaching and facilitation with brain-based and pedagogical research. Jennifer Stanchfield offers practical resources that come from her diverse experiences with learners of all ages incorporated with neuroscience informed practices to increase meaningful engagement, integration of social-emotional learning with academic content, and community building in the classroom and beyond. 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 in professional training and organizational teambuilding.  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. 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 the 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.