Jennifer Stanchfield inspires educators and learners the world over with her workshops and publications. Her 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 facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research.
Jen is known internationally for her work in helping educators add to their repertoire of teaching and group facilitation tools and strategies. She works with schools, colleges, community organizations and businesses all over the world- helping educators increase engagement and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue to increase learning outcomes. The focus of her work is helping educators connect the dots between differentiated instruction, brain-based teaching techniques, experiential education, social-emotional learning and community building.
Along with her work in training educators and working directly with schools, Jen provides team-building and professional development programs for community organizations, businesses, college staff and faculty. She offers custom as well as open enrollment training for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college programs, coaches, and human resource professionals. These workshops are invaluable to those looking to enliven their curriculum, group work, or training sessions with experiential brain-based approaches to increase engagement and create lasting lessons.
In her 25 years as an experiential educator she has worked as a clinician and teacher in treatment centers for children, adults and adolescents, as a classroom teacher, adventure educator, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational team-building. She earned her Masters of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her educational background in experiential education, special education and educational psychology. Her continued pursuit of new research from the field of educational neuroscience blends with her practical experiences with diverse groupings in various settings. Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, books, and facilitation and teaching resources.
Jen is author of Tips and Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, co-author of A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator’s Guide to Activities for Processing Debriefing, Reviewing and Reflection and the new publication Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons. She is the creator and regular contributor to The Inspired Educator Blog and the byline “Facilitators Toolbox” published by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
Jen is founder and director of Experiential Tools an organization focused on helping educators fill their toolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning. She has developed popular tools used to enhance meaningful reflection and group dialogue such as the Pick-A-Postcard kit, Miniature Metaphors, Quotables and Conversation Starter Buttons. The Inspired Educator Blog, workshops, professional development programs, books, facilitation and teaching tools Jen has developed are utilized by educators all over the world.