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 2,500 elementary, middle, and high school assembly programs, he uplifts students and staff across New York, the Northeast, New England, and the U.S..
An acclaimed performer and speaker, Nels has won the hearts of international audiences. Applying his diverse background – including a Masters in Education, and training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil – he engages and inspires with connections to character, reading, math, science, and other curriculum… Always “in jest,” or in fun!
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• Gravity-Defying School Assemblies & Workshops
• Re: Character Education, Anti-Bullying, Reading, STEM / STEAM through Physical Theater, Variety Arts & Humor
• 2,500 Elementary, Middle & High School Assembly Programs to Rave Reviews
• Serving New York, Northeast, New England & U.S.
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School Assembly Programs
Possibilities (Character Education)
Based on the principle that every person has value and purpose, this inspirational performance promotes character education, including respect, responsibility, resilience, and a growth mindset.
💡The focus can be anti-bullying, diversity, Positivity Project, or other upon request. (K-12)
Cattaraugus-Little Valley School
High on Life (Health, Wellness)
Celebrate healthy choices for physical, mental, and social health in this uplifting performance, with age-appropriate messages on wellness, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living.
💡Supports Red Ribbon Week, wellness, and drug/alcohol awareness. (K-12)
F P Donnelly School
Fool STEAM Ahead (STEM/STEAM)
Promote Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics exploration through juggling, bouncing, acrobatics, spinning plates, and other fun.
💡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, through the gifts we give and the gifts we become.
💡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
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)
Professional Development: Build Net Mirth
Get more smileage out of work and life! Participants will learn ways to reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity through humor and play. They will also be equipped with resources to gain and maintain energy, focus, connection, and resilience, long after the program. Available as a one- to two-hour program for teacher appreciation, training, conferences, etc.. Info & Video «NEW
Association of California School Administrators“standing ovation!”
National Center for Education Research & Technology
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