to gain the skills to shape

your own future, 

the agency to meaningfully engage

in your community, and

the confidence to tackle

the world's most pressing problems. 

"As a result [of our work with Experience Institute], personnel in the districts use design thinking in a way that best fits their structures and needs . . . some use the model in the classroom, others use it to address issues at the administrative level, and many focus on integrating one of the steps of the model into the way they do business."

- Molly Sullivan, Leadership Mentor, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative


We are continually developing new professional development offerings, curricula, and learning products that build educators’ capacity to facilitate high-impact experiential learning opportunities for their students.

LEAP KIT FOR SELF-directed learning

An award-winning field guide and map designed to help middle and high school students create and implement their own project-based learning experiences.


Today’s most complex problems won’t be solved by individuals working separately. Preparing young people for a collaborative world starts by creating classroom environments that foster self-awareness, and social awareness, trust-based relationships, and constructive teamwork.


Inventiveness and divergent thinking; empathy and knowing how to create something valuable to others; storytelling; and self-management - these are skills and mindsets essential to thrive in 21st century workplaces and communities. Preparing students well means that educators need to not just be able to teach a process, but to model design thinking in action. 


How do we help students recognize their own agency as community members? This program introduces high school educators and staff to adaptive leadership and design thinking mindsets for responding to real-world challenges. It also supports them to shift the school experience for students to become more community-centered and action-oriented.

"Working with [Experience Institute] over the last year has been such a positive experience. The team made it so stress-free. During communications, meetings, and training, time was used efficiently. I always left the experience feeling productive and energized."

- Jamie Grothaus, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Ankeney Middle School, Ohio


Our programs support the practice and development of these competencies - essential for individuals, companies, and communities to thrive:

  1. Self-awareness: The ability to determine one's identity, values, and worldview; what has influenced them; and how they in turn influence decisions, opinions, and actions
  2. Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others. The ability to listen actively to better understand the diverse backgrounds and experiences of others.
  3. Relationship building: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and trusting relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, and to collaborate, and cooperate with others.
  4. Growth mindset: The belief that intelligence and talent are malleable (as opposed to being "fixed") and can be developed through effort.
  5. Self-efficacy: The belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations, which affects how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges.
  6. Problem solving: The ability to think systemically, unpack complex problems, and develop creative, innovative solutions.