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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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Emerging Leaders Scholarships!

We've also received funding to offer (10) $795 Scholarships targeted towards young TWSBA staff that identify as people of color and are interested in DEIJ and/ or Climate related issues. These scholarships are intended to help build a more diverse future leadership for TWSBA and our member organizations. Response deadline is September 9th.

General Scholarships!

We are also in the process of raising the money for at least ten $500 General, Needs-Based Scholarships.

In order to apply for either an Emerging Leader or General Scholarship, please send us 100 words about why you and your organization need the scholarship and what you hope to gain from attending the conference. Please put either Emerging Leader or General Scholarship in the subject line of your e-mail. Send scholarship applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Response deadline is September 9th. Scholarship checks will be given out at the conference.

To qualify for scholarships, you must be a TWSBA member.

Good news! TWSBA membership is free, sign up online: https://www.teachingwithsmallboats.org/index.php/membership-application

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TWSBA Regional Gatherings

Even though it's difficult for folks to get together, TWSBA Regional Gatherings are happening this year. If you're interested in participating, please get in touch with the contact person. And, since all these gatherings will have virtual components, you can participate from wherever you are!

 

Great Lakes

Hosted by All Hands Boatworks this conference will be a hybrid socially distanced/ in-person, and online with Zoom. It sounds like they are pulling together great topics!

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

Dates: Saturday, October 24

Location: Hybrid Online / In-Person at All Hands Boatworks in Milwaukee, WI

 

Mid-Atlantic

The conference will be held over zoom and broken up into two sessions

  • 10:30am - noon:  TBD
  • 1:30pm - 3pm:  Panel Discussion, Topic:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies within organizations.

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

Dates: Friday, November 13

Location: Virtual Meeting

 

Pacific Northwest & Bay Area

The Pacific Northwest meeting is being combined with the Bay Area meeting and will be scheduled after the 1st of the year.

We'll keep you posted. If you'd like to get involved, let us know.

 

New England

The New England meeting will be scheduled after the 1st of the year.

We'll keep you posted. If you'd like to get involved, let us know.


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

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