INSPIRATION STATION WORKSHOPS
Inspiration Station Workshops are an informal way to bring together a small group to share perspectives about specific area(s) of interest. Hosting an Inspiration Station is a great opportunity to share best practices, discuss new ideas, get feedback through a focus group, or offer a Make-It, Take-It session. There is NO COST for conference attendees and exhibitors to facilitate an Inspiration Station workshop. Inspiration Station workshops can accommodate 8-10 attendees and are held within the Exhibit Hall.
Joining an Inspiration Station is a chance to learn something new, outside the traditional workshop setting, and to join groups of your peers who share similar challenges, questions, and ideas that you have. It's a great chance to build connections and create opportunities for collaboration.
The 2023 Inspiration Station application is now open.
Click the button below to submit your Inspiration Station application.
Wednesday, April 26
10:30AM - 11:15AM
The Great Math Escape
Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group, Palm Desert, CA
Come find out if you have what it takes to escape the conference hall in this great math escape. See if your team can answer the math problems to get the code to escape. Great fun for all, emphasizing teamwork, critical thinking skills, and MATH!!!
DS, MLA, E
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Playing for KEEPS, Fun Activities for Math and Reading Essentials
Rich Stuart, Product Specialist, Learning Wrap-Ups, Layton, UT
Attendees will play with and KEEP Hands-On and Self-Correcting materials that help their students master the basics of elementary math and reading.
MLA, DS, E
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Workshop
Ali Martin, Partnership Manager, Professor Egghead Science Academy, Glendale, CA
Who said adults can’t have fun?! Come learn how to change the dynamic of your next meeting with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® taught by Stem certified Industry leaders and pioneers of fun, Professor Egghead Science Academy. Untap leadership and teamwork within your organization with this unique and forward-thinking experience. Time to play!!
MLA, DS, E, MS
Engaging Students in On & Offline Spaces
Raynee Russell, Operations Manager, Global Kindness Initiative, Paradise, CA
Come learn Best Practices for supporting youth both for in-person & Virtual Learning Environments. Learn tips and hands-on activities to:
- Create dynamic curriculum to re-engage disenfranchised youth
- Create strong classroom cultures by building relationships & creating Group Agreements.
- Incorporate Youth Leadership to increase youth engagement & voice.
- Receive tips and advice tailored to your program and needs!
MLA, DS, MS, E
2:45PM - 3:30PM
Play On Words
Jane Felling, Consultant/Author, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Come prepared to play our favorite literacy games that integrate literacy dice, letter tiles, and word decks. Great ideas for building vocabulary for all elementary students. The handout will contain gameboards that you can use first thing back at school.
Jan Zatloukal, Curriculum Development, PCS Edventures!, Boise, ID
Calling all programmers and music makers! Take the helm of Sphero indi robots on a guided tour through this STEAMtastic fusion of music and robotics. If crafting musical instruments and solving a melodic coding challenge sounds fun, then Rockin Robots is the station for you!
MLA, DS, E
Thursday, April 27
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Customer Service - Apologizing for Things That Aren't My Fault With a Smile
Jennifer Moorehead, Founder/CEO, Science Explorers, Mohnton, PA
How do you artfully handle demands, yelling, and respect parents and their opinions? Strong customer service can create better relationships and foster a better sense of community within your school or organization. Let's share our experiences, challenges, and success stories and encourage each other as we navigate difficult customer and parent experiences.
From Rookie To Veteran and The Staff Everyone Will Love
Juan Alvarado, CEO and Founder, Raize the Bar, Visalia, CA
I want to work with you! If you are a new(er) staff or lead and this is your 1st year or up to your 3rd year working in ASP/ELP I want to help you become the BEST Staff at your site. This is for individuals who want and need help with classroom management and behavioral management and want the keys to have those perfect walking lines, a productive homework room, and an environment where you are confident in your work and abilities. This will be a low-key mastermind for staff who want to be amazing.
11:00AM - 11:45AM
Building Character Through Movement and Mindfulness
Jess Wadleigh, Physical Activity Specialist, Skillastics, Corona, CA
When we combine physical activity, character trait building, and mindfulness, it has a powerful impact on children! This combination helps them to grow as healthy individuals with positive character traits. Our Inspiration Station will focus on integrating these three components into your program, that can be used both virtually and on-site. Get ready to move, and calm your body, all while having some fun!
ULA, MLA, DS, E, MS
Connect to Nature with Science Action Club
Rachael Van Schoik, Science Action Club Program Manager, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
Get inspiration from spiders to design and test your own indestructible web and explore ways to inspire environmental action among middle school youth. From Anchorage, Alaska to Miami, Florida, Science Action Club partners with schools, museums, and community organizations to help students experience joy in nature and learn how science works, so they can protect the places they love.
ULA, MLA, DS, CB, MS
The Power of TEACH TO LEARN
Lynne Fox, Global Educational Developer, Innovator, Strategic Planner, and Coach, FranklinCovey Education, New Hope, CT
Have you thought deeply about how the role of expanded learning, both in summer and after school, should be different than the regular school day? Or how we can bring older and younger students together in experiences that foster synergistic growth and development? Come and discuss the powerful concept of TEACH to LEARN as students LEADit!
ULA, MLA, DS, PK, E, MS, HS, HE
1:15PM - 2:00PM
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Inspiration Station Workshop FAQS
Who can host an Inspiration Station?
Anyone who attends the BOOST Conference can facilitate an Inspiration Station workshop. In order to be eligible, you must be registered for the conference and paid in full. Once you have registered and paid, you are eligible to submit an application to host at boostconference.org/inspiration-stations. Please note we are only able to accept one application per agency.
How much does an Inspiration Station cost?
Hosting an Inspiration Station workshop is free for all registered BOOST Conference attendees, presenters, sponsors, or exhibitors.
Do I have to register for the conference to host an Inspiration Station?
Yes. Inspiration Station workshops are accepted and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on your registration status. You must be registered and paid in full for the current year's BOOST Conference before your application is accepted and your Inspiration Station workshop is scheduled.
Where and when do Inspiration Stations take place?
Inspiration Station workshops take place in the Exhibitor Hall at round tables on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference. There are three different 45-minute time slots on each day that happen concurrently with workshop sessions. Take a look at the Exhibit Hall map to see where Inspiration Station tables are located.
What are PROMISING PRACTICES for Inspiration Stations?
Great Inspiration Station workshops start with a shared interest. Are you a Middle School leader looking for inspirational ideas to engage your kids? Do you work with students with special needs and need strategies for making your program more inclusive? Are you trying to develop a measurement and evaluation plan for your organization? Use your Inspiration Station to collaborate with other organizations on the same mission.
Inspiration Stations are also an opportunity for BOOST Conference presenters to continue the conversation from their workshop, whether it be more in-depth to the topic of your workshop or another area of expertise you can offer BOOST Conference attendees.
For BOOST Conference exhibitors, Inspiration Stations are a great way to receive feedback on user interest for their product. With the help of BOOST Conference attendees, you can develop more ideas for possible or existing products and strategies for using the product more effectively.
How are Inspiration Stations selected?
Inspiration Station workshops are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we receive your application, we will confirm your registration and that your account is paid in full. We will then assign you your preferred time slot based on availability. Please note we are only able to accept one application per agency.
What A/V is provided for Inspiration Stations?
We are unable to provide A/V for Inspiration Station workshops. Presenters must provide their own laptops, LCD projectors, DVD players, CD players, speakers, and internet connection, as well as any additional workshop necessities. If additional Audio Visual equipment is needed, you may order this prior to the conference by completing an A/V Request form. This form is available a few weeks before the conference and can be obtained by contacting the Inspiration Station Coordinator. Note: There is no electricity provided at Inspiration Stations.
Please note: Name badges are required to attend all BOOST Conference events including meals and workshops.