Nels Ross is “The Inspirational Oddball.”™ His gravity-defying school assemblies and workshops promote character education, anti-bullying, reading, and STEM / STEAM through physical theater, variety arts, and humor. With rave reviews from 2,000+ elementary, middle, and high school assembly programs, he uplifts students and staff in NY, PA, OH, MI, MD, NJ, New England, and across the U.S..
Applying his diverse background – including a Masters in Education, and training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil – Nels engages and inspires audiences with connections to character, reading, math, science, and other curriculum… Always “in jest,” or in fun!
• Gravity-Defying School Assemblies & Workshops
• Re: Character Education, Anti-Bullying, Reading, STEM / STEAM through Physical Theater, Variety Arts & Humor
• 2,000+ Elementary, Middle & High School Assembly Programs to Rave Reviews
• Serving NY, PA, OH, MI, MD, NJ, New England & Across U.S.
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School Assembly Programs
“Possibilities” (Character Education)
This inspirational performance highlights character education issues, such as respect, responsibility, and resilience, and the principle that every person has intrinsic value and incredible potential.
💡Can focus on anti-bullying, diversity, or related topics for Olweus, Positivity Project, and more. (K-12)
Cattaraugus-Little Valley School
“High on Life” (Health, Wellness)
An uplifting performance promoting choices which develop physical, mental, and social health, with age-appropriate messages on nutrition, exercise, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living.
💡Supports Red Ribbon Week, wellness, and drug/alcohol awareness. (K-12)
F P Donnelly School
“Science Circus” (STEM/STEAM)
Explore math and science principles including forces, energy, and motion through juggling, bouncing, acrobatics, spinning plates, and other fun stuff.
💡Designed to reinforce STEM/STEAM initiatives. (K-6) News Article
Corning Museum of Glass
“Read to Achieve” (Reading, PARP)
Get pumped up to “read, know, and grow” on a journey to wherever we want to go, through this upbeat and laughter-filled performance.
💡A great kick off or complement to PARP, RIF, and related programs. (K-6)
“The Greatest Show on Mirth”
A celebration of life and laughter, and how each of us can help bring “mirth” or joy to the world. It’s about gifts, giving, and being a gift to others.
💡Perfect for holidays, family fun nights, end of the year… (All Ages)
Workshops & Residencies
Juggling & Life Skills Playshops
Join in juggling and related activities for all skill levels, with peacock feathers, scarves, beanbags, or other props. These activities develop parts of the brain used in reading, writing, math, and science, as well as life skills such as goal-setting and resiliency.
💡Combine with school assemblies, PE classes, after school programs… (K-12) More Benefits
Our Lady of Mercy High School
Juggling for Success Residency
Combine assemblies and playshops for a one-day to five-day residency that teaches juggling and life skills, and encourages positive decision making. Add “Family Juggling Night” to involve the whole school community.
💡Can be coordinated with PE and parent-teacher goals. (K-6) Info Packet
Plank Road South School
Student & Staff Development
Interactive one- to two-hour programs for student & staff development, conferences, training, etc..
Leadership: It’s What You Do Do
Through contagious humor and playful activities, secondary students learn how every person has potential to demonstrate leadership and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. (7-12)
In Jest Staff Development Program
Help staff reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity through humor and play. With a focus on the laughter-learning connection, participants will be energized and equipped to “build net mirth” and get more “smileage” out of work and life. Info & Online Video «NEW
Association of California School Administrators“standing ovation!”
National Center for Education Research & Technology
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