Camp Inspire workshop sessions are an intimate way to bring a group of participants together for an in-depth conversation to share perspectives about specific area(s) of interest or particular ideas. Camp Inspire workshops are 45-minutes and set in the grand entrance of the Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby amongst the beautiful landscape of Palm Springs.

Wednesday, May 1

10:30AM - 11:15AM - Station 1

A Problem-Solving Adventure: Exploring Fun Ways to Do Math
Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math Group, Palm Desert, CA

What can we do to build up students’ confidence and abilities in math? Make math fun, cooperative, and relevant. Join us on a fun Problem-Solving adventure where you must work together to escape. We turn math into an intriguing adventure. Students working together helps build confidence, understanding, and perseverance. Attributes that not only help to develop mathematicians but all-around good students.

10:30AM - 11:15AM - Station 2

Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks- An Activity for Every Student!
Matt Burk, Director of Afterschool Programs, Speed Stacks, Inc., Larkspur, CO

This session will incorporate movement-based Sport Stacking activities and games to get your students mentally fit and physically active through fitness-based learning. Ranging from individual activities and small/large group cooperation, this session is bound to get you moving! Proven results to develop your student's math and reading skills, eye-hand coordination, self-esteem, SEL integration, and many more benefits!

11:45AM - 12:30PM - Station 1

Real Magic Secrets That Will Make You S.M.I.L.E.
Brian South, Founder, Discover Magic, Payson, UT

Join professional magician, Brian South, as he teaches the anatomy of a smile and the closely guarded secrets that magicians use to make magical things happen. Brian will demonstrate how these exact same techniques can be used to make your program more welcoming, engaging, and fun- with no TRICKS. Well, ok, you will learn one magic trick because that is fun too. But most of the time will be focused on magic concepts you can start using right away that are sure to make you S.M.I.L.E.

11:45AM - 12:30PM - Station 2

Science Explorers: The Benefits of Grant Funded STEM Programming
Evan Moorehead, Director of Program Development, Science Explorers, Mohnton, PA

Join Science Explorers as we discuss the world of Grant Funded STEM programming and how it benefits hands-on and inquiry based discovery learning. From local, state, federal, and private funding we will explore the avenues districts can use funding to support STEM initiatives that align with national and state standards. 

2:45PM - 3:30PM - Station 1

Books, Bubbles, & Beakers-Science the Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Way!
Terri Johnson, Owner/Co-Creator of Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Science Series, Creative 3, LLC, Springfield, MO

Teaching science does not have to be over the top for kids to fall in love with it. Be the educator whom students will remember for a lifetime. The Quirkles and Fuddlebrook science books have integrated fun storytelling with hands-on science. You will become a rock star because kids are having so much fun! Yes, eggs will fly, water will disappear, and cans will mysteriously lean, all while making science relevant. You don't want to miss this session. Come ready to laugh and have fun!

2:45PM - 3:30PM - Station 2

Sport Stacking - An Activity, A Sport, and So Much More!
Matt Burk, Director of Afterschool Programs, Speed Stacks, Inc., Larkspur, CO

A fun-filled workshop highlighting the basic Sport Stacking patterns plus games, games, and more games! Not just an activity for the classroom but an opportunity for your students to take Sport Stacking into an afterschool setting and into their own sport. Learn the benefits of Sport Stacking through this high-energy, movement-based session.

Thursday, May 2

10:00AM - 10:45AM - Station 1

Esports Jeopardy: Play, Win, Learn
Alan Sitomer, CEO & Founder, Teacher of the Year Award Winner, Mastery Coding, Thousand Oaks, CA 
Esports Jeopardy is back by popular demand! Try your luck with categories of questions like Careers in Esports and Gamer Slang while learning about the benefits of academic esports and the career and college opportunities available to your students. Win prizes and walk away with exclusive, gamer swag. We've adapted the game to work in a team-based setting, instead of the classic three contestants, so everyone can participate.

10:00AM - 10:45AM - Station 2

Games and More Games - Experience Speed Stacks!
Matt Burk, Director of Afterschool Programs, Speed Stacks, Inc., Larkspur, CO

This workshop will feature hands-on interactive learning of Sport Stacking. We’ll incorporate movement-based activities and games to get your students mentally and physically fit through our seamless grade-based lesson plan. Proven results to develop your student's math and reading skills, eye-hand coordination, self-esteem, and many more benefits! Come see why more than 50,000 schools have adopted Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks!

11:15AM - 12:00PM - Station 1

From Coach to Classroom: Shaping Future Educators through Innovative Enrichment Programs
Jesse Arora , CEO, Assist Programs, Sacramento, CA

Join Assist Programs for a recess-style breakout that invites educators to tap into the power of active play + character strengths coaching. Plus, experience our training platform as An Educator’s BestFirst Job®! You will have fun while gaining insights and actionable ideas into how a well-designed recess and afterschool program can: combine exercise + SEL, instill lasting positive identities and habits, maintain PBIS, reduce behavioral issues, and train future educators for your school. 

11:15AM - 12:00PM - Station 2

6 Weeks to Survive - An OST Turnaround Story with Practical Solutions Anyone Can Use
Jay Patterson, Co-Founder, Kidlet.Care, Jackson, MO

Discover how, as a software consultant turned OST CEO, I revived a struggling provider in just 6 weeks. Learn about our operational overhaul, new training and management approaches, and the emphasis on family and on-site feedback. This journey also led to higher employee pay, healthcare benefits, and an improved experience for kids and families. This session is for those who want real solutions, shared in a straightforward way. We’ll discuss how a novel approach can truly make a difference.
E, M, MLA, DS 

1:15PM - 2:00PM - Station 1

Program Power Up!
Ronald Robinson, Growth Coach, Expanded Learning Academy, Roseville, CA

Experience the VIP Treatment through the Perfect PartnershipProgram. Learn to boost staff retention, quality recruitment, and ongoing professional development. Enhance staff commitment, foster strong external relationships, and reduce workplace stress. Benefit from program mentorship, access to annual symposiums, and a comprehensive curriculum. Cap it all off with an annual retreat to recharge. Join us now and take your organization to the next level!

1:15PM - 2:00PM - Station 2

Sport Stacking - An Inclusive Activity for All Students
Matt Burk, Director of Afterschool Programs, Speed Stacks, Inc., Larkspur, CO

A fun-filled workshop highlighting the basic Sport Stacking patterns plus games, games, and more games! Learn the benefits of Sport Stacking through this high-energy, movement-based session covering the physical and academic benefits of Sport Stacking. Highlighting individual and team-building exercises to promote inclusiveness amongst students through the unique activity of Sport Stacking.

Friday, May 3

9:15AM - 10:00AM - Station 1

BrainStorm STEM Kits: Igniting Curiosity and Innovation through Hands-on STEM
Morgan Walton, Program Manager, BrainStorm STEM Education, Irvine, CA

Unlock the world of STEM in this dynamic and interactive workshop where educators will delve into the exciting realm of STEM using BrainStorm’s innovative NGSS-aligned STEM Kits, exploring everything from Catapults to Solar Cars. During the workshop, educators will gain valuable insights into incorporating STEM kits into their teaching methodologies. Come ready to explore, create, and be inspired by the endless possibilities that BrainStorm STEM Kits offer!
E, M, H, MLA, DS 

9:15AM - 10:00AM - Station 2

Supercharge Your Students Reading & Early Literacy Skills in Your ELO Program! Fun Activities For Homework Time
Chandra Roughton, M.Ed., CEO / Program Director, Luminous Minds, Roseville, CA 

Discover engaging, multisensory reading and early literacy activities perfect for primary-aged students and older students needing extra reading support.  Get easy-to-use tools to support your afterschool primary-aged student groups, help improve behavior, and stock up on resources for homework time, Tech time, learning, or literacy blocks.

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Camp Inspire FAQ:

1.  Who can host a Camp Inspire workshop session?

Camp Inspire workshop sessions are $450 sponsorship opportunities. We have 12 available sessions, and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Agencies can host multiple Camp Inspire workshop sessions, pending availability. Note that you must be registered as an Exhibitor (or Attendee) and purchase this sponsorship in your online account. 

To sponsor a Camp Inspire workshop session, please visit our sponsorship page.

After you have completed your sponsorship purchase, you will need to be sent a Camp Inspire Workshop Outline to capture your workshop content for promotional purposes as well as what will be listed on the conference website, in the final conference brochure, and in the conference app. We will send you a link to complete the Camp Inspire workshop form shortly after you purchase this sponsorsahip. 

2. How much does a Camp Inspire workshop cost?

Camp Inspire workshop sessions cost $450 each

3. Where and when do Camp Inspire workshop sessions take place?

Camp Inspire workshop sessions take place in the beautiful Grand Entrance of the Palm Springs Convention Center lobby.  Each Camp Inspire workshop session will have four (4) round tables (capacity for 40 attendees). You will have space to display one (1) banner in front of your Camp Inspire workshop session.

Camp Inspire workshop sessions are scheduled by the DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION that the sponsor purchases (see the schedule listed above.) 

4. Can you give me some ideas for an engaging Camp Inspire workshop sessions?

Great Camp Inspire workshop sessions 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 Camp Inspire workshop session to collaborate with other organizations on the same mission. 

Camp Inspire workshop sessions are also an opportunity for BOOST Conference attendees to participate in engaging and hands-on activities and experiences.

5. How are Camp Inspire workshop sessions selected?

Camp Inspire workshop sessions are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. You will select your Camp Inspire workshop preferred time slot at the time of purchase. Once we receive your sponsorship purchase and confirm your conference registration is paid in full, we will send you a Camp Inspire workshop form to complete an application. After you submit your Camp Inspire workshop session content, it will be posted to the Camp Inspire webpage for conference attendees. 

6. What A/V is provided for Camp Inspire workshop sessions?

Each Camp Inspire workshop session will be provided a flip chart and markers as well as the BOOST A/V Support Package, which includes a skirted cart, power strip, extension cord, and screen. Camp Inspire workshop presenters must provide their own laptops, LCD projectors, DVD players, CD players, speakers, and Internet 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

7. How will the BOOST Conference promote my Camp Inspire workshop session?

Your sponsorship will be promoted (1) time on our social media, including a personalized graphic with your logo. All Camp Inspire workshop sessions will also be featured in the final digital BOOST Conference brochure and listed in our conference app.

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