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Upcoming Workshop

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

"Inspire, Engage, and Connect"

Presenter: Jennifer Stanchfield, MS
Experiential Tools

Thursday, August 15, 2024
Registration begins at 8:00 am
The program runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Indian River School (A NELMS Spotlight School)
45 Royal Rd, Canaan, NH 03741

Join this engaging and interactive workshop and fill your teaching, counseling, or administrator toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, engage, and create lasting, meaningful lessons. Build a joyful, connected community and sense of belonging with students and staff. Explore tangible ways to bring learning to life and facilitate meaningful reflection. Integrate content with social and emotional learning through practical strategies to cultivate engagement, collaboration, student voice, self and social awareness.  Enhance your advisory, staff meetings, group circles, morning meetings, and academic engagement with dynamic student-centered participation methods that increase emotional connection and depth of understanding. Leave with creative inspiration, new perspectives, and networking connections with other educators.

Participants will take away:

  • Practical techniques to build a joyful, connected, and inclusive learning community

  • Advisory, morning meetings, and group circles facilitation ideas, activities, and strategies

  • Intentional approaches for promoting involvement, voice, choice, and ownership of learning

  • Ways to deepen learning through emotional connection, relevancy, and reflection

  • Creative inspiration and networking opportunities with other educators, leaders, and counselors

  • Practical teaching strategies to integrate social and emotional learning and academics that you can facilitate with simple materials and adapt to various age groups

  • Games and activities that teach empathy, self, and social awareness along with academics

  • Classroom structures and teaching strategies to make experiential learning successful.

The registration fee will include lunch and a copy of Jen's Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner book. 


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

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