Jen is known internationally for her work in promoting experiential, brain-based approaches to teaching, training, group facilitation, counseling, therapy, instructional design, team-building, and social-emotional learning. 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 facilitation, teaching, and reflection with brain-based and pedagogical research.
Jen provides professional development and consulting for schools, colleges, community organizations, and therapeutic programs worldwide to enhance engagement, meaningful reflection, community building, and social-emotional skills. She 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, and Create Lasting Lessons.
In her 27 years as an experiential educator, Jen has worked as a clinician in mental health treatment centers with children, adolescents, and adults, as a classroom teacher, adventure educator, and in positive youth development, adult education, professional training and organizational team-building. Through these diverse experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, books, and teaching resources, utilized by educators and counselors worldwide.
Jen provides professional development workshops, team-building, and direct-service programs for schools, community organizations, mental health centers, and colleges - helping educators, counselors, facilitators and student and youth leaders develop and strengthen their ability to enhance learning outcomes through meaningful reflection and dialogue. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire and her M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and continues to pursue studies in the field of educational neuroscience.
Jen is the founder of Experiential Tools, an organization focused on helping practitioners fill their toolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance academic, training, and therapeutic outcomes and promote meaningful reflection and application of learning experiences. Her books and reflective tools are used by programs ranging from K-12 and college classrooms, team development, training, counseling, adventure education, therapeutic, and business programs. In addition, she provides professional development and community building programs for schools, community organizations, mental health agencies, youth development programs, K-12 college staff, and faculty programs. This includes open enrollment and customized teaching and facilitation skills training for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college program staff, coaches, and human resource professionals (see workshops page for upcoming open enrollment 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, practical active engagement strategies to promote social-emotional and academic learning, differentiated instruction, and group facilitation tools and techniques.