Inspiration Station Workshops are an informal way to bring a more intimate group together to share perspectives about specific area(s) of interest. Hosting an Inspiration Station is a great opportunity to share best practices, new ideas, or get feedback and is NO COST for conference attendees and exhibitors. Each Inspiration Station hosts 8-10 people and will be chaired by a designated person offering explorations aligned with the BOOST Conference core values. 

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 or questions that you have. It's a great chance to build connections and create opportunities for collaboration.

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Inspiration Station workshop

Wednesday, April 28

10:30AM - 11:15AM

Station A:  
Station B: Hands-On STEM: Make & Take!
Jeff Salzman, CEO, Nature Watch, Agoura Hills, CA
Station C: Read to Lead
Kwamara Thompson, Managing Director, Programs and Partnerships, Classroom, Inc./Read to Lead, New York, NY
Station D:

Your Why Versus Your What
Scott Klungseth, Director, Beresford PRCE, Beresford, MD

Station E: Math, Just for the Fun of It
Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math, Palm Desert, CA
Station F: Character Building Through Sports
Jesse Arora, CEO, Structured Sports ASSIST Team, Sacramento, CA

11:30AM - 12:15PM

Station A:
Fizz, Foam, and so Much More- Experience Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Science
Terri Johnson, Owner/Developer, Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Science Series, Springfield, MO
Station B:

Esports for Education
Steven Hoy, CEO, DimensionU, Inc., Richmond, VA

Station C:

Strength-Based Approaches to Support Emotional Development of Children in Our Afterschool Programs 
Luis Barajas, Consultant, Child 360, Los Angeles, CA

Station D

Raise Them Up Not Down, A Positive Detention Strategy
Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder, kid-grit, Redondo Beach, CA 

Station E:

The HEART Piece: Building Character Through Animals
Kristin Vaassen, CEO and Founder, Two by Two Character Development, Dubuque, IA

Station F:

Delivering STEAM-Focused Hands-On Learning
Alex Lagares, VP Sales and Marketing, TinKRworks, Hinsdale, IL 

2:45PM - 3:30PM

Station A:


Station B:

Best Practices for Increasing Enrollment and Program Profitability 
Edgar Carrasco, VP of Business Development, Regpack, San Diego, CA

Station C: Shake Up Your Fact Fluency Practice with Math Shakers
Jane Felling, Consultant, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Station D: Spark Socioemotional Learning and Social Change Through Young Adult Fiction
Claudia Pacheco, Director of Youth Engagement, Novelly, Los Angeles, CA
Station E: Social Emotional Learning Through Music and Drama
Dr. Ricardo McKinney, Jr., President, West Coast Edutainment, Inc., Victorville, CA
Station F:

Doing More with Less. Prop-Less Activities to Get Your Group Going!
Robb Armstrong, Program Director, Dylan's Wings of Change, Canton, CT

Thursday, April 29

10:00AM - 10:45AM

Station A: Developing the Whole Child with Enriched Learning and Simplified Process
Shelley Sakhuja, Partnership Specialist, 6crickets, Bellevue, WA
Station B:

Playing for Keeps, Fun Activities for Math and Reading Essentials
Rich Stuart, Vice President, Learning Wrap-ups, Inc., Layton, UT

Station C:


Station D:

How to Run a Successful After School Enrichment Program
Lisa Nadasdy, Program Director, LIFT Enrichment, Los Angeles, CA 

Station E: Discover MATH Through Engaging Game Play
Tyler Downey, STEM Specialist and Training Coordinator, PCS Edventures! Inc., Boise, ID
Station F:

Hands-on Building with Dive-In Engineering 
Melissa Franco, Account Manager, Accelerate Learning (STEMScopes), Houston, TX

11:00AM - 11:45AM

Station A:

User-Friendly, Hassle-Free, All-In-One Online Technology for Your Program 
Simon Ho, CEO, 1Core Solution, Cupertino, CA 

Station B:

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them!
Chasidy Celestine, Program Coordinator, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, TX 

Station C:


Station D:

The Walking Classroom - Mood, Cognitive, and Health Benefits of Walking While Listening to Podcasts
Debra Ives, Executive Director, The Walking Classroom Institute, Chapel Hill, NC

Station E:  
Station F:

50 Fabulous Enrichment Ideas (& Where to Get More)
Marisa Miller, Consultant, Afterschool Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA

1:15PM - 2:00PM

Station A:

Restorative Storytelling: Write Your Way to Healing
KishaLynn Elliott, Author, Editor, Coach, and Publisher, This Stuff’s Working! Coaching and Publishing, San Diego, CA 

Station B: Self-Care & Compassion Fatigue
Eleonora Mendez, Program Facilitator, Reach for the Stars ASP, Whittier, CA
Station C:

Fun with Rocket Planez
Luc Bausch, President, AeroRacers Inc., Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Station D:

Swimming Like a Shark in an Ocean of Data
Jet Vong, Technical Project Manager, ERC, Fresno, CA 

Station E:

It's Fun, It's a Game, and It's Critical Thinking!
Wendi Fischer, Executive Director, America's Foundation for Chess/FIRST MOVE, Bellevue, WA

Station F:

Top 10 Tips for New Site Coordinators in Expanded Learning
Sandra Mendoza, Site Coordinator, Fullerton School District, Fullerton, CA 


Inspiration Station contact



Suzanne Hill 
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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 eligble to submit an application to host at 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.

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