Boom Chicago is an Amsterdam based improvisational comedy theater that has enjoyed great success reaching international audiences, students and faculty for over 25 years. By implementing our inspirational improvisation process and our deep educational roots, we work with innovative schools who want to continue to evolve and inspire their students and faculty. We create inspiring and memorable workshops to empower your educators to be impactful and insightful leaders in and out of the classroom.
The Boom Chicago for Business team has developed and facilitated dozens of programs for well-known universities such as Universiteit van Amsterdam, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam and Nyenrode Business School, as well as local educational institutions such as Amsterdam International Community School, International School Eindhoven and many other schools on primary, secondary and university levels.
Innovative Education Programs
Teamwork, active listening and building on each other’s ideas are important for students and faculty’s development. We create inspiring and memorable workshops to empower your students and educators to be impactful and insightful leaders in and out of the classroom. We have great workshops we can bring to your school event.
All of our programs are in English and will be a great addition to an English and Cultural Education program.
We will help your faculty work better together as well and we also facilitate sessions where we help them tackle problems they face together or just be better representatives of your school in general. A topic we see repeatedly is helping teachers deal with difficult parent conversations.
Case Study: International School Eindhoven
The Brief: An important part of a teacher’s job is to periodically have conversations with their student’s parents discussing progress and development. It can be extremely challenging to talk to parents about any area in which their child might be underdeveloped. The International School Eindhoven asked us to facilitate a workshop for faculty members with a focus on dealing with these difficult parent conversations.
The Execution: We created a fun, engaging and interactive program that offered real takeaways to better equip teachers for these conversations. Phase one focused on building trust and solving problems together. Phase two was about keeping communication simple and efficient. Phase three was about putting lessons learned into practice through guided role play.
The Response: One a scale from 0-10 the participants rated this session with an 8,56 on average, with 18 out of 30 participants rating it as 9 or higher. Participants described the session as being engaging, stimulating, relevant, fun and energetic, and full of recognizable examples of a teacher’s daily life.
Feedback from participants:
‘Asking for input from our own experience made it applicable for everyone.’
‘You had a very subtle way of placing us in the position of a parent. Insightful and powerful!’
‘The session was varied, engaging and entertaining while dealing with a critical topic in our daily professional lives.’
‘I will definitely use some of the activities in my teaching to improve children’s listening skills.’
‘I really appreciated the exercise to understanding roles and perceptions of others in a conversation. I was reminded of the importance of being heard.’
‘The activities were relevant for all conversations in life, but especially for (difficult) conversations with parents, as well as with colleagues. It is particularly helpful to keep these strategies in mind when dealing with someone with whom you do not see eye to eye.’