Experiential Learning

Rich Stowell, Master Flight Instructor

Experiential learning is powerful and life changing. It is learning through reflection on doing and engages learners by addressing their needs and wants.[1] Well-designed experiential learning programs incorporate:[2]

  • Reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis
  • Opportunities to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  • Opportunities to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  • The possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes

Testimonials from female teachers offer compelling evidence about the ability of the Take Flight Workshops in particular to change lives personally and professionally.[3] One high school science teacher, for example, is now working with a colleague to develop a new aviation physics course for their school. Another, who ultimately was promoted to the position of Science Department Supervisor, emailed:

I remember wondering why it is so easy for men to apply for positions of power and authority, yet seemingly so difficult for women. Then I found myself in that exact scenario and actually leaning … toward not applying. It was at that point that I thought back to the Leaders Take Flight program and decided to toss my hat into the ring.

Other teachers expressed similar positive results:

I gained a lot more than I thought I would. I do see where I have leadership abilities and that experiences like this will allow me to build myself in areas of need.

It is hard to explain the [workshop] experience … feelings of being overwhelmed, enlightened, and thinking about how my students go through these same feelings learning a new subject.

I definitely will encourage more risk taking in my students both in the classes they choose in high school and the paths they may pursue in their careers.

Take Flight Workshops make a demonstrable difference in the attitudes and actions of female teachers and students alike. These proven experiential workshops, however, are equally as empowering for men, minorities, and business and community leaders as well.