About Jennifer Stanchfield

In her 25 years as an experiential educator Jennifer Stanchfield has worked as a clinician in treatment centers for children, adults and adolescents, as a classroom teacher, adventure educator, and in the professional training setting. Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications and training sessions.

Jen is known internationally for her work in helping educators and group facilitators add to their repertoire of teaching and group facilitation tools and strategies. She works with schools, universities, and community programs to develop a positive and productive learning environment, increase engagement and meaningful learning outcomes, and to develop positive assets and social emotional skills.

Jen provides team-building and professional development programs for community organizations, businesses, college staff and faculty as well as open enrollment and customized teaching and facilitation skills training for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college program staff, coaches, and human resource professionals. Jen is founder and director of Experiential Tools. She acts as an instructor for the Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, the Lamoille Area Professional Development Association and offers open enrollment workshops and graduate courses through through a variety organizations in the U.S. Canada and Japan (see workshops page for upcoming workshops and courses).

She specializes in designing professional development programs to meet the specific needs and goals of the schools and organizations she works with. Workshop topics include experiential, brain-based approaches to increasing engagement and motivation, innovative reflective techniques to create meaningful and lasting lessons, using the power of play to promote social-emotional and academic learning, differentiated instruction, and group facilitation tools and techniques.

Jennifer is author of Tips and Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation and the new book Inspired Educator, The Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons. Jen is creator and regular contributor to The Inspired Educator Blog and the byline “Facilitators Toolbox” published by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Science in Experiential Education/Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato.