Chris Cavert announced as Featured Presenter for 2020 Workshop


The BLW planning committee is thrilled to announce that Chris Cavert will be joining us at the 2020 workshop as our featured presenter!

Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known educator, trainer and speaker and recipient of the AEE Karl Rohnke creativity award and the NCCPS Master Facilitator and Trainer award. He has been working with groups of all ages for more than 25 years. Chris is the author of over a dozen books related to activity-based experiential group development. He holds an undergraduate degree in physical education, a master’s degree in Experiential Education and an educational doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. As an educator Chris focuses on how to use team building activities to enhance social emotional learning and develop pro-social skills within groups of all ages. For more information about Dr. Cavert and to access loads of team building activity resources, visit

Chris will be leading two sessions at the 2020 Workshop:

His morning session is Portable Team Building Activities. In this hands-on, get-up-and-move-around experience you will learn to lead a wide variety of ice-breakers, ground-based activities, and problem-solving initiatives, including low elements, that are super-portable, utilize versatile props easy to find or create. These team building activities work well with middle school age participants and older. Be ready for a lot of new activities, as well as some tried-and-true variations of well-known favorites. Chris will also integrate facilitation tips, front-loading techniques and processing ideas for the activities presented in the program. All facilitator experience levels are welcome.

His afternoon session is Purposeful Program Design for Team Builders. This program is full of tools used to teach and practice purposeful programming for team building experiences. You will learn how to use the 'Activity Determination Scale' (ADS) and the “F.U.N.” Program Design (FPD) model to blend activities together on a macro and micro level. This experience will also include considerations for educational roles, activity formations, props, transitions and processing techniques to become a purposeful programmer. All facilitator experience levels can benefit from this hands-on, interactive program.

We hope you will join us at the 2020 Buckeye Leadership Workshop to learn from Chris and all of our other wonderful facilitators!