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 2017 Conference Wrap-Up

Here's a quick glipse at April 2017's Teaching With Small Boats Conference at St. Michael's, MD. Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who presented, as well as Jamestown Distributers and Chesapeake Light Craft for sponsoring. We also can't thank enough the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for hosting a great conference!

 

Conference Statistics

  • 150+ Total Attendees
  • 43,553 Adults Served by Attendees
  • 19,633 Youths Served by Attendees
  • 414 Organizational Staff
  • 2,663 Organizations Volunteers
  • $38,409,100 Total Organizational Budget

 

 

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2019 TWSBA Conference Wrap Up

The 2019 Teaching With Small Boats Conference at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, N.Y., was tremendous! We had 110 attendees from 65 organizations. The energy was terrific. Non-stop sharing went on constantly. By the end, everyone's head hurt, but we were inspired and energized!
 
 
 

Conference Photos

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View All Photos From The 2019 TWSBA Conference.

 

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TWSBA Regional Gatherings

Members and participants of our biennial conferences were so inspired and energized from all the valuable sessions and the networking, that we decided to have regional meetings in the off-years to keep the comradery going. We successfully had meetings in the following regions in 2018.

This year, 2020, all meetings will be virtual. Please contact your regional coordinator to express interest. Often dates get decided upon by all participants before they get posted here. These meetings vary in format and are open to non-members.

 

Great Lakes

Contact: Bill Nimke - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

TWSBA Youth Event 

Contact: Ben Ellcome -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

Northwest

Contact: Nancy Israel - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

Bay Area

Contact: Inka Petersen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

Mid-Atlantic

Contact: Gary Lowell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

South

Contact: Maury Kaiser - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

Canada

Contact: Shane Theunissen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates: TBD

Location: Virtual Meeting

 


If you are interested in participating in any of these get-togethers, please get in touch with coordinating contact person. Thank you for your involvement!

 

Conference Information

The Teaching With Small Boats Alliance holds a biennial conference to bring together maritime educators and programs that strive to create a more maritime-based education standard. The goals of the conference are to facilitate collaboration, encourage idea sharing, identify and share best practices and projects, and strengthen connections between organizations and individuals.

 

COVID-19 forces the cancellation of our in-person 2020 regional conferences and the postponement of our 2021 national conference.

However, we're still gathering and learning from each other through virtual gatherings about Programming, Fundraising, and Organizational Planning. Several virtual regional gatherings are also being planned.

Create a TWSBA Account and we'll keep you posted about how you can join in.

 

Past Conferences

  • 2019 at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY
  • 2017 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD
  • 2015 at Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA
  • 2013 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CTconf 4
  • 2012 at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach on Camano Island in Washington State
  • 2010 at the Alexandria Seaport in Alexandria, VA

 

Conference Activities

Conferences span three days and include workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on experiences, as well as free time to strengthen new connections and catch up with old friends.

Workshops: Workshops provide an opportunity for successful organizations and programs to share what they've learned.  Topics discussed in these small groups have ranged from "Planning Your New Program" to "The Role of Social Workers and Counselors."

Panel Discussions: Panel Discussions are interactive discussions on a range of topics like Fundraising Strategies That Work, Leadership, and Indigenous Programs.

Hands-On Experiences: Hands-On Experiences provide opportunities to get on the waterfront and try new things, like how to use steam to bend wood, using foil boats to teach displacement and volume calculations, and integrating tools and technology into programs.

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