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 up to 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 annual deadline to submit an Inspiration Station workshop application is January 31st.
Wednesday, May 1
10:30AM - 11:15AM
Incorporate Daily Word Puzzles into Your After School Program
Chandra Roughton, Program Director/Literacy Coach, Luminous Minds, Inc., Loomis, CA
Looking for a fun way to combine educational, animated videos into your afterschool program while at the same time helping your students develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and practice reading foundational skills? Learn about our popular and favored ‘Lumi’s Daily Puzzles.’ Discover quick and easy techniques immediately ready to implement with your group of students.
PK, E, MLA, DS
Lesson Planning Made Easy
Curlen Phipps, Partner, Resource Portal, Fresno, CA
"Unveiling the Future of Lesson Planning": Join our interactive workshop and explore our state-of-the-art lesson planning software. Tailored for educators, our platform simplifies lesson preparations with a vast lesson plan library, intuitive organization tools, and seamless calendar integration. Elevate your teaching approach and enhance the learning experience for your students. Dive in and revolutionize your educational journey!
E, MLA, DS
STEM...Hands-On for Kids, Hands-Off for Teachers…
Alex Reader, Founder, STIIX, Scottsdale, AZ
Join us around the table as we build our own fun Flashlight project with Alex, the founder of STIIX. Along the way, he will share about some of the latest and greatest happening in the world of STEM, how to incorporate careers into it, and even walk away with some awesome free Augmented Reality resources that collect no student data.
E, M, DS
Dive into a World of Creativity with Professor Egghead & LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®!
Ali Martin, Partnership Manager, Professor Egghead Science Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Join us for an exhilarating LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® workshop led by the incredible minds at Professor Egghead Science Academy.
Discover how to revolutionize your learning experience. Our STEM-certified industry leaders will demonstrate how to ignite a tornado of creativity, leadership, and teamwork. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of PLAY!
E, M, MLA, DS
The Magician School - Middle School Magic
Mikayla Oz, Founder/Owner, The Magician School, Des Moines, IA
Middle School is often the most challenging grade to work with. With Middle School Magic we give you the tools to help you resonate and keep your middle students engaged. From Card Games to Card Tricks, this workshop will inspire you to find your own magic. Come get inspired with The Magician Schools Middle School Magic Station.
ThinkLink: Mapping Projects Through Questions
Barry Schwartz, Vice President, Startup Smartup, San Francisco, CA
Dive into "ThinkLink" and turn challenges into opportunities! Tailored for all ages, this session equips you with tools to dissect challenges using strategic questions. Develop active observation, foster solution-oriented thinking, and pave clear paths for your projects. Explore, ask, and transform ideas into action. Join us in unlocking the power of purposeful questioning and craft your project roadmap.
M, H, MLA, DS
Tripp the Tumbleweed's Evolving Trip to the U.S. National Parks
Ed Bray, Owner, Tripp's Landing, Dublin, CA
Tripp is traveling to every U.S. national park (all 63 of them!) and is asking elementary school children across the country to help him write a book for each national park. As Tripp's adopted parents, we'd love to make Tripp's journey even better by gaining feedback associated with the curriculum and activities offered to students as they collaborate on writing Tripp's books!
E, MLA, DS
11:30AM - 12:15PM
Come Play Academic Esports Jeopardy!
Peter Polygalov, Director of Marketing, Mastery Coding, Encino, 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.
M, H, DS
Let's Make SEL & Play Therapy, Immersive and Fun!
Sena Lee, CEO, MILLU, Fullerton, CA
The topic of SEL and character formation is vital, and it doesn't have to be boring!
We're revolutionizing character formation with engaging play kits, fostering intergenerational wisdom, holistic leadership, and deep family interactions. We create tools that develop holistic leaders through the use of immersive storylines, crafts, games, and Socratic discussions. Our model has helped children, facilitators, and families, reimagine deep interactions that can shape a person's life.
E, M, MLA, DS
EZ Scan Makes Lap-Counting Easy!
Scott Sundberg, Solutions Specialist, Fitness Finders, Jackson, MI
EZ Scan is the premier lap-counting software for run clubs. It's simple to learn and use. We'll walk you through it from setup to scanning and more!
E, M, ULA, MLA
Hands-on Speech & Language Learning Kits
Connie Romaniuk, Speech-Language Pathologist, Communakit, Ardrossan, Alberta, Canada
Check out our interactive, fully guided, and multisensory learning kits that anyone can use to help children ages 3-6 improve their communication skills. They are engaging, effective, and easy to use. Get your hands on some hands-on learning!
PK, E, DS
NBA Math Hoops: Creating the Next Math Champion!
Steven Young, Manager of Program Outreach & Recruitment, Learn Fresh, Philadelphia, PA
NBA Math Hoops is a dynamic experience that leverages the game of basketball and the NBA/WNBA to develop algebra readiness and social-emotional competency. The program features physical and digital basketball-themed games, mobile app, classroom curricula, and a community event series. Through partnerships with NBA/WNBA teams and community supporters, NBA Math Hoops is offered FREE to school day and out-of-school time educators.
E, MLA, DS
Magic Speaks Louder Than Words
Brian South, Founder, Magic Explorers, Payson, UT
In this super interactive workshop you will learn the 3 Keys Of Magic and how you can apply them to your day-to-day programming to make each day more magical. Plus you will make a few magic tricks along the way!
PK, E, DS
Aileen Hunnell, Co-Founder, The Jewel School, West Des Moines, IA
Step into a world of vibrant creativity! Our inspiration station will explore the joy of diamond painting in after school programs. You will experience firsthand how this art form cultivates focus, improves fine motor skills, reduces stress/anxiety, and becomes a sanctuary of imagination.
E, M, DS
2:45PM - 3:30PM
Dive Into FPV: First Person View
Sam Choe, Chief Manager, IRONQUAD, Santa Ana, CA
FPV "First Person View" has been used in the RC hobby for many years. However, there are a lot of learning opportunities when it comes to this technology as students will directly use the concepts they have learned in the classroom to operate the equipment.
M, H, DS
Quick Connection Cards for Fun and Connection
Elle Essenmacher, Account Executive, Sanford Harmony Academy @National University, San Diego, CA
Quick Connection Cards are brief discussions and activities designed to provide opportunities to share, think, collaborate, and have fun together. We will explore all three types: Community Builders, Collaborations, and Conversations.
PK, E, MLA, CB, DS
Hiring 101: How to Hire Reliable, Successful OOST Staff
Violet Maxwell, Senior Director, VineyardAppCamp, Holmdel, NJ
As we all know, finding and retaining the right staff for OOST programs is very challenging and very rewarding. At VineyardAppCamp, we support over 200 schools nationwide and hire over 400 teachers a year. During this workshop, we'll share best practices for hiring, training, and retaining successful staff; you'll leave with reusable resources and takeaways to immediately improve your hiring processes.
E, M, ULA, MLA
Developmentally Appropriate Strategies for Older Youth
Cori Ove, Project Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education, Mather, CA
Participants will gain an understanding of typical neurodevelopment of adolescents and will learn new strategies to use with middle school and high school programs. Participants will have the opportunity to share challenges and best practices.
M, H, MLA, DS
Hands-on STEM with STEM in a Box®
Donna Gates, Sales Manager, STEM in a Box® by TechTerra Education®, Durham, NC
Participants will be hands-on with easy to use STEM/STEAM tools and be introduced to standards-aligned curriculum for afterschool programs using STEM and STEAM tools. Come explore, play, and see how STEM in a Box® programs make outside the school day engaging and fun for students.
E, M, MLA, DS
Vocabulicious - Literacy Games for Elementary
John Felling, Consultant/Author, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of literacy dice, word decks, and letter tiles. Games are easy to differentiate and use whole class or in small groups. Perfect for regular and ELL students. Come prepared to play our favorite literacy games that your students will love!
Suzy Haislip, Director of Business Development & STEM Education Specialist, 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!
PK, E, DS
Thursday, May 2
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Fizz, Foam & Fun! - Science the Quirkles and Fuddlebrook Way
Terri Johnson, Owner, Quirkles/Fuddlebrook Science Series, Springfield, MO
Do you want to be the educator that kids remember for a lifetime? Do you want kids to look forward to your program all day long? It's easy! Come to Fizz, Foam & Fun-Science the Quirkles and Fuddlebrook way and get hands-on ideas on how to integrate engaging stories with hands-on science activities. Kids remember experiences forever! Yes, eggs will fly and water will disappear all while teaching relevant science topics. Get ready for some fun! We can't wait to see you!
Raising Self-Esteem Through Physical Activity
Jess Wadleigh, Skillastics Physical Activity Specialist, Skillastics, Corona, CA
Let's Move and Have Fun! Learn some simple activities to play with your kids to help raise self-esteem, all while having fun! Come ready to participate in instant activities as well as activities that explore conflict resolution and academic integration!
E, M, MLA, DS
Motivating Kids to Be Active
Justin Griffin, Owner/Founder, Pure Joy Basketball, Corona, CA
Sports are not just about physical activity. Sports can be used as a tool to help guide your students through this world we call LIFE. We’ll show you how sports/physical activity can:
- improve focus in and outside the classroom
- help students pay attention to details and follow directions
- inspire students by boosting their self-esteem, and
- motivate students to become leaders
E, M, MLA, DS
Understanding Behaviors from an SEL Perspective
Lindsay Luterman-Sevel, Creative Content Coordinator, Expanded Learning Academy, Roseville, CA
Why do kids act out? Where do tantrums come from? How can we better understand big emotions? In this workshop, we will look into SEL and how to use it in the classroom. We will look into our own experiences from when we were kids and how our emotions led to our behaviors. We will take a look at our inner children and learn how to share SEL tools with children. From crafts to yoga to meditation, to Calming Corners, we will learn lots of tools that can be used in the classroom.
PK, E, MLA, DS
Bigger Than Play! - Get in the Game to Experience How Play Inspires & Why Play Matters
Calvin Hamilton, Regional Partnership Director, Playworks, Oakland, CA
Learn about how Play does more than improve students physically. Experience new, inclusive, games and activities that focuses on SEL. Take away key strategies to run a fast, smooth, program. Play benefits the whole child (physically, emotionally, academically, and socially) and also supports adult interactions & relationships.
E, MLA, DS
STEM Learning While Leading
Glenn Jones, Partnerships Success Manager, The Tech Interactive, San Jose, CA
Come play with us and then tell us how you really feel. The Tech Interactive, a science center in San Jose, has been diving into creating resources for educators in all settings. Our expanded learning resources are designed to support frontline staff in learning the pedagogy of leading engineering challenges as they teach it. Join us for an informal discussion and a fun sample activity you can take back to your site.
E, M, MLA, DS
Use ELO-P to Close the Expanded Learning Gap
Helen Wang, Founder, 6crickets Expanded Learning Management Solutions, Bellevue, WA
With great funding comes great responsibility, challenges, and opportunity. We will discuss:
- How to meet the ELO-P intent?
- How to tackle the staffing shortage?
- How to increase student participation and improve program attendance?
- How to best engage our community partners?
- How to manage operations efficiently and effectively?
- How to measure student outcomes and program success?
- How to truly make parents our partners in this effort?
Come and join us to hear and share the best practices!
PK, E, M, ULA, MLA, CB
11:00AM - 11:45AM
Exploring the Fun of MATH!
Mary Curry, Math Enthusiast, MANGO Math, Palm Desert, CA
Come play fun math games that have students laughing, enjoying, and learning math. We take math off worksheets and make it engaging and rewarding for students. See how they can quickly master their math facts and math understanding with quick easy-to-use math games. Success in math leads to success in life.
Hands-on with LEGO Education for Afterschool Programs
Denise Phillips, Solution Architect, LEGO Education, Boston, MA
Let's get hands-on and explore the wide variety of ways LEGO Education can support your district's afterschool program! Whether through coding, NGSS-aligned science lessons, or design engineering, we can take your Preschool - 12th-grade programs to the next level with STEAM activities that are both super engaging for kids and supportive for the teacher or afterschool staff running the lesson. Plus... who doesn't love LEGO?!
E, M, MLA, CB, DS
Kevin Finkelberg, Manager - Community Tennis, USTA SoCal, Los Angeles, CA
Come by our inspiration station to find out how to bring an after-school tennis program to your site. We will show you how you can easily start your after-school tennis program. We will go over some fun tennis ideas for you to take back to your blacktop, gymnasium, or open space. We offer FREE equipment and curriculum for your site.
E, M, MLA, DS
Wilderness Survival Workshop
Ryan Spitz, CEO, Practically Equipped, Redding, CA
It's time to get our youth Practically Equipped. Through our hands-on, skills-based curriculum and program we will equip our youth to thrive in life. Experience a glimpse of our Wilderness Survival Program where it is not just about learning to survive in the outdoors—it’s also about being adaptable and confident in situations you can’t control. The skills kids learn in this topic are both fun and functional.
E, M, DS
How to Use Picture Books as a Source for Interactive Arts Education
Susan Chodakiewitz, Founder, Booksicals, Beverly Hills, CA
Learn how to use picture books as a source for theater, music, dance, writing, and art activities. Discuss the benefits of arts-based learning and how music, dance, and theater to improve reading fluency and develop SEL skills. Participants will leave with a solid creative arts activity they can implement in their classrooms, schools, and summer programs and share with colleagues.
E, M, DS
Quick Ways to Destress & Tackle the Day
Melissa Vannette, Mindfulness & Mental Health Coach, Expanded Learning Academy, Roseville, CA
In this workshop, Expanded Learning Academy's Melissa Vannette shares tested practices that will help staff and students destress and tackle the day! These short, effective techniques have been shown to boost morale, provide opportunities for nervous system regulation, and help both students and staff be more focused during the school day -- and beyond.
H, HE, MLA, DS
Lions and Tigers and Bears… OH YES! A Hands-on TK Art Lesson
Nic Hahn, Product Designer, MoxieBox Art, Murrieta, CA
Join us in discovering new art materials and processes that are perfect for our youngest learners. Award-winning Arts Educator Nic Hahn will guide the group through an engaging and visually stimulating art lesson. The 45-minute lesson will provide participants with an adorable project sample that showcases one of the many TK Art Projects that MoxieBox Art has to offer. Don't let this chance slip away - join us and discover the joy of creating art with your young learners!
PK, E, MLA, DS
1:15PM - 2:00PM
Rapid Relationship Building In-Person or Online!
Raynee Russell, Operations Manager/Lead Teacher, Global Kindness Initiative, San Francisco, CA
Come learn how to kick-start effective relationship-building with youth with fun games and activities both in online and in-person environments! Participants will learn best practices in SEL & Youth Development for building relationships & community within their classrooms and programs, no matter where you are!
E, M, MLA, CB, DS
Navigating Challenges in Fee-Based & Rate 2 ELO Programs: Strategies for Success
Sair Lara, Education Consultant, ELCA CEO, Expanded Learning Consultants and Advisors, Merced, CA
Unlock success in Fee-Based & Rate 2 ELO Programs! Tailored for administrators, directors, and program coordinators, this session addresses unique challenges and offers innovative strategies. Dive into funding dynamics and engagement techniques. Learn to build effective collaborations, ensuring sustained program impact. Explore evaluation methods for continuous improvement. Equip yourself with a comprehensive toolkit to navigate challenges and foster success in Fee-Based & Rate 2 ELO Programs.
E, ULA, MLA
The Power of TEACH to LEARN
Lynne Ann S. Fox, MA.Ed., MS.Ed., Global Education Director and Coach, FranklinCovey Education, West Valley City, UT
Join FranklinCovey Education and learn skills, tools, and resources to engage students in after-school programs. Discovery learning is a methodology that brings fun, joy, and connection between students, while empowering them with leadership and life skills! Participants will walk away with hands-on resources and ideas to implement immediately, and tools to empower students in a leadership environment.
E, M, MLA, DS
Take Flight with Science Action Club
Akilah Alleyne, Education Program Coordinator, California Academy of Sciences - Science Action Club, San Francisco, CA
A bird’s wing shape determines how it flies and interacts with its environment. Test your engineering skills by investigating wing design and launching your own falcon or owl! While testing paper birds, explore ways to inspire middle school youth to connect to the natural world around them with Science Action Club (SAC). Nationwide, SAC partners with after-school organizations to help students learn about science, think critically and care about the environment around them. Take flight with SAC!
STEMfinity Makerspace: Crafting a Sustainable Future
Bill Albert, CEO & Founder, STEMfinity, Boise, ID
In this dynamic makerspace workshop, participants will embark on a STEM-centric journey with STEMfinity. They'll explore the captivating intersection of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and sustainability through engaging hands-on activities that involve upcycling discarded materials into innovative and eco-friendly STEM projects.
E, M, DS
Aidan King, Senior Manager of Program Design and Instruction, Elemental Hardware Enrichment, Oxnard, CA
Learn how to build your very own whiteboard and walk away with fun facts about the origins of the whiteboard, how the design has evolved over time, and how to use the color wheel to choose and mix paint to decorate your whiteboard. Elemental Hardware Enrichment develops and delivers DIY Projects and Instruction that introduce students to basic carpentry and electrical skills while incorporating Core Curriculum and SEL principles into lesson plans.
E, M, H, MLA, DS
Finding your SPARK through Stress and Overwhelm
Nicole Wilson, Community Programs Coordinator, SPARK Mentoring Programs, Brandon, FL
Join us for this make-and-take session where you will learn to find your unbreakable SPARK and leave ready to inspire the youth you serve to do the same. In this session, we will be demonstrating activities that teach essential emotional management skills, and you will leave with teaching tools such as snow globes and thought chains to easily implement what you learned to those you work with when you get home.
E, M, H, DS
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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 your account paid in full. Once you have registered and paid, you are eligible to submit an application. Please note we are only able to accept one application per organization/agency. The annual deadline to submit your Inspiration Station workshop application is January 31st.
How much does an Inspiration Station cost?
Hosting an Inspiration Station workshop is free for all registered and paid BOOST Conference attendees, presenters, sponsors, and 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-scheduled 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 Exhibit Hall at round tables on Wednesday and Thursday during the conference. There are three different 45-minute time slots on each day that take place concurrently with workshop sessions. Please view the Exhibit Hall map above 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 students? 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 Station workshops are a great way to receive feedback on user interest in 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.
The intent of an Inspiration Station workshop is that it is a small, intimate learning session. Please note that facilitators are not able to move/add tables or chairs and must abide by the Fire Marshall Code.
How are Inspiration Stations selected?
Inspiration Station workshops are scheduled on a first-come, first-scheduled basis. Once we receive your application, we will confirm your registration and that your account is paid in full. We will then schedule your workshop at your preferred time slot based on availability. Please note we are only able to accept one application per agency/organization/company.
What A/V is provided for Inspiration Stations?
We do not provide A/V for Inspiration Station workshops. Since Inspiration Station workshops are intimate sessions, we recommend that you facilitate an Inspiration Station workshop that does not require any audio-visual. If additional Audio Visual equipment is needed, you may order this prior to the conference by completing an A/V Request form. 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.