Inspiration vs. Motivation

for Student Success

Monday, July 25, 2016

At the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC)

29 Commerce Drive, Bedford NH 03110

603 206-6800

For a description of the Roundtable professional learning format at SERESC, Click here

Led by Rick Nannicelli

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, principals, general and special educators, coaches, guidance counselors and educational professionals.

About this Round Table Workshop:

Most teachers would agree that student motivation is one of the most challenging issues to deal with in the classroom. There is an overabundance of “how to” books, videos, workshops, and even courses on this topic. Yet the problem persists. This program offers exploration and discussion about student engagement rooted in the belief that students do not need more motivation; they need inspiration. Participants will discuss the differences between motivating students to achieve and inspiring students to learn. Understanding that motivation and inspiration are not interchangeable terms and planning strategies accordingly can have a profound impact on student performance as well as school culture. This understanding will lead to the development of practical strategies to use with children in the classroom to inspire them to learn and become self-motivated, responsible individuals.

Learner Outcomes:

As a result of attending, Participants will learn to:

  1. Define the difference between the concepts of motivation and inspiration, and give examples of each.
  2. Discuss and compare the indicators of motivation-based practices and inspirational forces in a classroom and their impact on student performance and school culture.
  3. Identify specific, common techniques used to motivate students which can be counterproductive to student engagement.
  4. Identify practical strategies for inspiring students that can be implemented in the classroom and in the school.


8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Guest Check in

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Motivation Examination: What is it? How do we recognize it? What are the techniques? Advantages and disadvantages?

10:20 a.m.- 10:35 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. Inspiration Examination: What is it? How do we recognize it? How does it differ from motivation? Why is it integral to student success?

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practical Strategies for Inspiring Students to Learn

About the Round Table Leader

Rick Nannicelli has served several school districts in New Hampshire and Maine as a school leader for the past thirty years. He has been both a principal and Director of Special Education. He was named NH Middle School Principal of the Year in 1997 and has mentored aspiring principals via the Keene State College Principal Residency Network since that time. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Rick worked as a special educator with students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. He directed a private, day treatment facility serving at-risk students and adjudicated youth whereby he discovered his passion and interest in behavior management and school culture. He provides school and classroom coaching on these topics and is ever willing to share his expertise with colleagues. Currently, Rick works as an educational consultant and coach and is an adjunct faculty lecturer for Keene State College.

Cost and Registration Information

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:30 am

Presentation starts at 9:00

Adjourn: 12:00 pm

Cost: $ 75.00 per person

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 3.5 contact hours.

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Registration Closes on July 18, 2016. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence in education and professional practice, and our vision is for helping organizations and individuals achieve their greatest potential as they learn, lead and grow. Our core values are innovation, excellence, integrity, and service.

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