Genius Hour:
Incorporating Passion, Play, Purpose, & Creativity

Nashville, TN • Jan. 26th
Evansville, IN • Jan. 31st
Indianapolis, IN • Feb. 7th
Merrillville, IN • Feb. 13th
Louisville, KY • Feb. 21st
Register for Workshop

Workshop Overview

Genius Hour is taking the education world by storm!
It is a movement that allows our students to explore their own passions and interests, and it encourages creativity in the classroom by providing students a choice in what they learn during a set period of the school week.

The Genius Hour concept is based on one of Google’s practices: they encourage that 20% of their employees’ work week be spent researching, investigating, and exploring a topic or passion of personal interest, one that is not directly tied to their job description but in line with the mission of the company.

Genius Hour empowers students to wonder, to explore, and to create; it is our job as educators to encourage critical thinking and inspire creativity—skills that are needed for the 21st century learner. It is no longer about compliantly sticking to a scheduled curriculum of memorization and recall.

Learners come alive in Genius Hour, motivation levels skyrocket, and students are completely engaged. The future belongs to creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers, artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, innovators, and big picture thinkers—and Genius Hour is where it can all begin. With Genius Hour, your curriculum and academic standards are easily integrated.

Winter 2017-18 Genius Hour Flyer



Nashville, TN • Jan 26
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown

Evansville, IN • Jan 31
DoubleTree by Hilton

Indianapolis, IN • Feb 7
Ritz Charles, Carmel

Merrillville, IN • Feb 13
Avalon Manor Banquet Center

Louisville, KY • Feb 21
Hilton Garden Inn


Early Bird $189*

Standard $209

*Early bird – Register 15 days in advance


K-12 English-Language Arts Teachers
K-12 Content-area Teachers
Literacy coaches and coordinators
Title I teachers and directors
ELL teachers
Special education teachers
K-12 gifted and talented teachers
K-12 administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors)

Early bird discount! Register 15 days in advance.
For room reservations please mention “STROBEL EDUCATION” to receive a discounted rate.
Save $10/person: When you register with a team of 3 or more! Contact us to make arrangements for registration.
Principals attend FREE: With paid registration of at least one staff member.

Participants may receive credit for 6 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. At the conclusion of the day, or after online evaluations have been completed, attendees will receive a certificate of completion which can be used to verify attendance.


Learning Outcomes

Discover how to transform your classroom into a place where students want to come in and learn—where creativity and motivation flourish.

• Why we need to transform our troubled education system
• Understanding how real students learn & how great schools work
• Education Evolution: Recognizing the importance of new skills, talents, and passions
• Putting value back on students’ “non-traditional” skills
• The 6 elements today’s learner needs
• Setting up Genius Hour time in your classroom
• Learning the structure of Genius Hour and implementation strategies
• The research behind choice and inquiry-based education
• Why Genius Hour is important—for students and teachers
• Strategies for teaching students to explore their passions
• Bringing MOTIVATION, ENGAGEMENT, CREATIVITY, and PLAY back to the classroom

• Guiding students through the Genius Hour process
• Brainstorming with passion boards and wonder walls
• Setting up a learning environment that inspires students
• Establishing expectations and ground rules
• Teaching self-assessment through proposals and timelines
• Tracking student progress
• Managing learners at different stages of the process
• Connecting your standards and curriculum to Genius Hour
• Planning and accountability for students and teachers
• Assessing student work
• Utilizing rubrics that drive revision and feedback

You will leave this workshop with Ready-Made Lesson Plans and a Digital Bundle of Resources for easy implementation.


  • Kim Strobel is a dedicated educator who understands what teachers need. Her magnetic personality and genuine presentation style captivate audiences everywhere she goes. Her enthusiasm is contagious. You’ll love her!

  • The buzz sweeping the education world about Kim Strobel is real. And, it’s no surprise that teachers and administrators are lining up to see her presentations. Simply put, she’s absolutely fantastic. Not only is she a thought leader and expert in her field, but more than that, she’s deeply passionate about helping teachers make a lifelong difference in the lives of students.

  • Kim is so energetic and enthusiastic that she won us over from the very beginning. She is refreshing and her knowledge and ability to explain is wonderful. I left feeling motivated to reenter the classroom, and summer has just begun!

    B. Arnold, Elementary Teacher
  • I’m telling you, this literacy trainer is awesome! If you have a chance to attend yourself and/or get teachers to go, it would be extremely worth it. I contracted with her several times when I was the professional development coordinator for the Southern Indiana Education Center, and the teachers and literacy coaches who attended couldn’t get enough of her!

    R. Moore, Director of Education in Indiana
  • Simply put, I have never worked with a consultant that so completely wins over all teachers and so quickly influences their thinking and teaching strategies

    P. White, Superintendent