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Santa Cruz Seminar

Training in Cross-Cultural + Experiential Education

A Professional Development Seminar for Global Educators

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Duration
3 Days
Description

A rejuvenating and practical skills-training to increase student safety, leadership capacity and facilitation skills in cross-cultural settings.

Dates

Feb 26 - Feb 28, 2021


Suggested Ages

22+

Number of Participants

30


Availability

Open

Begins In

13 Weeks

Tuition

$795


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Program Overview

Join us as we bring together a dynamic cohort of educators from your region to train skills, learn from colleagues, and reinvigorate global programming


Offered in collaboration with the Menlo School’s Menlo Abroad Program, this two-day training and retreat engages participants in a facilitated group experience exploring critical skills related to student group management, risk management and ethical community engagement. Appropriate for leadership teams who work together on student programming, it is designed for all teachers and administrators working in cross-cultural programming environments.

This professional development training in global experiential education delivers on multiple levels, offering participants a shared experience that mimics the phases of a group life-cycle, and draws from the landscape and group dynamic to provide learning that can be reapplied to student programming. Simultaneously, we offer a training curriculum that includes a skills-training in the unique aspects of global and experiential education pedagogy, including tone-setting and container building, risk management, facilitation in a cross-cultural…

Offered in collaboration with the Menlo School’s Menlo Abroad Program, this two-day training and retreat engages participants in a facilitated group experience exploring critical skills related to student group management, risk management and ethical community engagement. Appropriate for leadership teams who work together on student programming, it is designed for all teachers and administrators working in cross-cultural programming environments.

This professional development training in global experiential education delivers on multiple levels, offering participants a shared experience that mimics the phases of a group life-cycle, and draws from the landscape and group dynamic to provide learning that can be reapplied to student programming. Simultaneously, we offer a training curriculum that includes a skills-training in the unique aspects of global and experiential education pedagogy, including tone-setting and container building, risk management, facilitation in a cross-cultural context, community engagement, and transference. Finally, through the course-progression, participants should expect to share their own experiences, insights and lessons learned with colleagues, forming meaningful and valuable collegial relationships that they can draw from as ongoing resources and inspiration for years to come.

Each Regional Seminar is co-hosted by a local retreat center dedicated to the practice and expansion of global education worldwide. We believe that your experience should be rejuvenating, insightful and inspiring. As a pedagogical strategy, and in alignment with student programming, we invite you out of your familiar environment and into a rustic, potentially challenging and awe-inspiring local to help foster deeper relationships with colleagues and with self. Trainings are also co-hosted by a local school partner or partners particularly dedicated to best practices cross-cultural and experiential education.

If intentionally facilitated, Global Education programming has the potential to peel back the layers of personal and cultural identity, offering a designated space to challenge value-systems and worldview. In this liminal space, educators are offered a unique opportunity to support the process of transformative learning. Join us to learn more about how this process can be facilitated and the unique skill-sets required to be effective in facilitating transformative learning for students.

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PROFESSIONAL FACILITATORS

Aaron’s love of learning has brought him to over 30 countries around the globe as a student, teacher, and traveler. Before coming to Dragons, Aaron worked as the Program Coordinator for UCLA Outdoor Adventures where he managed the university’s group wilderness excursions and outdoor leadership training program. He completed his masters degree in History at UCLA with a focus on U.S. economic influences in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Read more.

 

 

Curiosity, awe, and an immense appreciation for the diversity of human experience inspire Briana’s work in the world. Briana earned a degree in Anthropology, which she considers to be more of a way of life than merely an academic discipline. She deeply believes in the value of human connection, and the profound learning that emerges when we travel through diverse cultures with intention and reflection. Read more.

 


ABOUT THE SEQUOIA RETREAT CENTER

The history of the Sequoia Retreat Center dates back more than eighty years to a search for unity of the disciplines of science and religion in the belief that each sought universal truths about reality.  It was formally established in 1949 by Stanford University Professors as a place where the deepest meaning of life may be explored in an atmosphere of quiet and beauty. Current stewards, Diane and Scott Myers-Lipton met at a Beyond War table in 1987 at the Center, and continue to cultivate the Beyond War movement established in 1982 to promote peace and unity among peoples of the world. To learn more about the history and work of the Sequoia Retreat Center, please visit their website.

Your course tuition will cover all meals and lodging. For participants arriving on Thursday, we have lodging available at $100/person.

 


ABOUT MENLO SCHOOL’S MENLO ABROAD PROGRAM

The Menlo Abroad program provides Upper School students with an experiential cultural immersion course through extended travel in a foreign country. Through facilitated curricula, service-learning, and homestay, students develop meaningful relationships with people and places within that country, make friends, and use their skills to address common problems. They emerge with a better understanding of themselves and their world.

Learn more about Menlo Abroad here.