The Power of Inventing and Making in OST Learning



AUDIENCE: New Administrators (less than 2 years), Seasoned Administrators (more than 2 years), New Staff (less than 2 years), Seasoned Staff (more than 2 years), Volunteers and Support Staff



SESSION 1 : 11:00AM – 12:30PM


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: We all learn best when we do. Join Inventionland Institute and EnvisionEdPlus to experience the power of INVENTING AND MAKING in out of school time learning. Presenters will share how Inventionland’s Nine Step Inventing Method has inspired 30 years of famous and not so famous inventions. Participants will engage in STEM/STEAM challenges that can be used right away in your programs to a) inspire student interest in inventing and making; b) make clear connections to college and career readiness; and c) build 21st century skills in all learners. Be ready for a fast and furious explosion of learning and fun.


As Founder and President of EnvisionEdPlus, Michele Timmons supports school and community leaders as they envision a new educational system for today’s schools PLUS offer expert grant writing and research support to assist schools and non-profits as they implement their vision. Mrs. Timmons has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher, principal, district administrator, charter school founder and educational consultant supporting innovation efforts in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Maryland. She is a Search Institute trained facilitator, PBL trainer and a certified conflict resolution trainer. As a professional grant writer Michele has authored/co-authored nearly $187,000,000 in funded grants for schools, districts, institutes of higher education and non-profits.  

Timmons’ previous experiences include serving as the Manager of Partnership Development and Technical Assistance Coach for the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, a national leader in innovative school design and leading Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center’s award winning Care Team Collaborative. Through the Care Team Collaborative, her team supported 15 schools in 6 Ohio counties implementing a Comprehensive Systems of Learning Supports to address academic and non-academic needs of all children. Michele’s administrative career started at Maysville Local School District, a small rural district in southeastern Ohio where she held a variety of positions including high school principal and special education director. While at Maysville, Mrs. Timmons founded Foxfire Center for Student Success; one of Ohio’s first and longest operating conversion community schools. Foxfire’s design and strong focus on achievement for all brought it recognition by the US Department of Education as a Model Dropout Recovery School. Michele Timmons began her career as a social studies teacher at Reynoldsburg High School where she and colleagues won an Ohio BEST Award for Innovative Academic Programs.