Nels Ross’ uplifting school assemblies and programs promote character education, wellness, math, science, reading, and fun! His elementary, middle, and high school assembly programs blend physical theater, variety arts, and humor to rave reviews in WNY, CNY, and beyond…
With his diverse and unique background, including a Masters in Education and training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil, Nels is a sought after performer and speaker who has won the hearts of American and international audiences. Reviews from schools and others convey that his programs delight, inspire, energize, and refresh students and staff alike.
In addition to school assembly programs, Nels provides high-impact workshops, residencies, and student & staff development which can be adapted to highlight specific concepts. Content and study guides provide connections to the arts, language, reading, math, science, history, character education, and physical education.
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School Assembly Programs
Based on the principle that every person has value and potential, this fun and inspirational performance focuses on character education. It addresses excellence, respect, responsibility, and life choices. Bullying can be the primary focus upon request for Olweus and related programs. (K-12) Study Guide
High on Life
With an emphasis on wellness, this dynamic program promotes healthy choices that develop body, mind, and character. It incorporates age-appropriate messages on nutrition, exercise, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living. (K-12) Study Guide
Nels engages audiences with circus skills that demonstrate math and science. Participants will be amazed and amused as they learn about forces, energy, motion, and more. Great for STEM or STEAM initiatives. (K-6) Study Guide | News Article
Read to Achieve
A side-splitting, gravity-defying celebration of reading to complement your PARP, RIF, or related program. Get pumped up to “read, know, and grow” because it can be a journey to wherever we want to go! (K-6) Study Guide
The Greatest Show on Mirth
Perfect for holidays, family fun nights, end of the year, and other celebrations, this mirthful show conveys the value of laughter and play, and how everyone can help make the world a better place. (All Ages) Study Guide
Workshops & Residencies
Juggling & Life Skills Playshop
Through juggling and related activities, participants develop self-discipline and life skills as well as tracking, motor, and sequencing skills used in reading, writing, math, and science. (K-12) More Benefits
Juggling for Success Residency
Combine school assemblies and playshops for a one-day to five-day residency that teaches juggling and life skills, and encourages positive decision making. Add an evening event or ”Family Juggling Night” to involve the whole school community. (K-6) Study Guide | Info Packet
Student & Staff Development
Available as interactive one- to two-hour programs for conferences, in-service training, and other events.
Leadership: It’s What You Do Do
Employing his contagious sense of humor and playfulness, Nels shares with secondary students how every person has potential to demonstrate leadership and the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others. (7-12)
Building Net Mirth
An entertaining exploration of ”play for grown-ups.” Nels models the laughter-learning connection, and staff learn ways to apply humor and play as effective tools to reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity. Info & Online Video «NEW
F P Donnelly School“thanks for bringing so much joy!”
Riverview Elementary School“five stars!… positive message”
Cattaraugus-Little Valley School“such an inspirational performer”
Dodge Road Elementary School“great stressbuster… hands down the best”
Geneseo Elementary School“absolutely fabulous!”
Corning Museum of Glass
Ben Franklin Middle School“awesome message and skills”
Griffith Institute Middle School“the message was invaluable!”
Cosgrove Middle School“entertaining and effective… you rock!!!”
North Rose-Wolcott High School“rave reviews from faculty and students”
Our Lady of Mercy High School“we are in awe of your talent!”
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
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