Student Engagement (K-12 and Higher Ed.)

Outdoor Orientation Programs: Current Research and Trends
Presented by Dr. Brent Bell & Dr. Michael Gass

Outdoor orientation programs are one of the most important entry points for college students to discover outdoor education. Recent outdoor orientation research demonstrates some important social and educational gains for participants and leaders. This has led to new theories about how outdoor orientation programs work. During this webinar, we will examine the question: How can we maximize the efficacy of our programs based on this new information. Participants should expect to gain a deeper understanding of how outdoor orientation gains are realized.   Registrants will also gain access to 15 research papers including: The State of Knowledge of Outdoor Orientation Programs: Current Practices, Research, and Theory.

Brain-Focused Strategies for Developing Social Emotional Health
Presented by Heather Bryant, M.Ed. and Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC

Success in the 21st century is defined by the strength of our social emotional health. Skills and characteristics like self-regulation, optimism, empathy, gratitude, perseverance and compassion make all the difference. Social emotional health is predicative of long term success and a key factor in hireability and long-term life satisfaction. Teachers, counselors, parents and program directors are seeking concrete strategies grounded in neuroscience that are designed to help children build and repair social emotional health. This introductory session will look at developing social emotional health with a trauma-informed perspective and will provide participants with a variety of activities and resources. It is no longer realistic to prepare the path for children; this workshop is about preparing children for the path.

More Than Autism: Neurodiversity and Sensory Processing
Presented by Lorilei Dreibelbis

We will look at experiential education through the lens of Sensory Integration Therapy vocabulary and explore the myriad of ways that our neurological diversity shapes our learning and teaching with real life stories and personal experience. Looking at the great variety found in neurological processing, we rediscover that learning is inherently personal.  The study of Sensory Processing gifts us valuable vocabulary and a solid framework from which to not only embrace diversity, but identify very practical strategies for managing behaviors and teaching more effectively.  

Classroom Strategies that Empower Learning
Presented by Andrew Potter

In an educational era focused on workforce readiness and 21st Century skills, attendees will analyze the importance of experiential classroom strategies to the acquisition of critical skills that enable students to compete and cooperate on a global stage. The webinar will explore how experiential pedagogy can energize any existing curriculum, positively impact student engagement, and deliver on both cognitive and affective skill development. Through a review of current research and the emerging links between experiential instructional design and student learning gains, participants will explore strategies that empower student learning and equip them to thrive in our brave, new, flat world.



The Developing Adolescent Brain with Respect to Education and Safety Management
Presenter: Steve Creech
October 2015

The Other End of a Skype Call
Presenter: Seth Leighton
June 2015