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BOOST NATION Town Hall meetings are informal public meetings scheduled throughout the conference with national leaders. Everybody in the out-of-school time community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, share issues and challenges, share promising practices and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials about shared subjects of interest in your community.

Wednesday, April 19


Expanding Student Success: The State of Expanded Learning in California
Michael Funk, Director, Expanded Learning Division; Heather Williams, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Expanded Learning Division; Dr. William J. Ellerbee, Jr., Deputy Superintendent of the Student Support & Special Services Branch, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA

What another awesome year in Expanded Learning! Come hear the highlights and Michael's plan for the upcoming year to continue to realize the vision that Expanded Learning programs are paramount to a good education for California students. Join Michael for an interactive discussion with time for Q&A.

Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Staff Leadership


Washington Update: The State of Afterschool Following the 2016 Elections

Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC 

Our nation is on the brink of significant change in the wake of the 2016 elections. What is the outlook for afterschool and summer learning programs in this new political environment? The Afterschool Alliance’s Jodi Grant will share her insight on the new presidential administration and Congress and discuss strategies her organization is using to advocate for afterschool in Washington, DC. Come with questions and advocacy success stories as we brainstorm ways to advocate for our programs.

Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Program Design, Development, and Quality; Sustainability

Thursday, April 20


Seven Years of Summer
Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Berkeley, CA; Frederick Buggs, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA; Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto, Summer Matters Campaign Director, Partnership for Children and Youth, Oakland, CA; Rachel Gwaltney, Director of Policy and Partnerships, National Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD 

California has been in pursuit of meaningful summer learning opportunities for its children and youth. For seven years, a cross-sector collaboration between the California Department of Education, the David Lucile Packard Foundation, nonprofit intermediaries, local education agencies, and community program providers has created meaningful summer programs. In the process, a lot was learned about how to grow leaders and diverse champions while supporting programs and strengthening the system that provided training, coaching, and other expertise to improve programs. Together we will go on a journey to look back on the last seven years to understand how California is making headway on providing quality summer learning opportunities for kids through the Summer Matters Campaign. And together, we will look ahead to how the California Department of Education and leaders around the state are poised to support a new generation of summer programs in 2017 and 2018.  


Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall


The Cost of Quality in Out-Of-School Time
Moderator: Terry K. Peterson, PhD, Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Panelists: Eric Gurna, President & CEO, LA’s BEST, Los Angeles, CA; LaWanda Wesley, Quality Improvement Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education, Alameda, CA; Steve Fowler, Partner, Fowler Hoffman, Richmond, CA; Stu Cohen, Principal, FMA (Fiscal Management Associates), New York, NY

How much does quality cost and how do you pay for it? In this Town Hall panelists and attendees from across the nation will discuss these questions. We will cover topics on the true cost of quality to run out-of-school time programs, current funding and staffing challenges, and how we share our story to build champions and sustainable funding.
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Sustainability; Program Design, Development, and Quality


Responding to Globalization in Out-of-School Time
Moderator: Heather Loewecke, Senior Program Manager, Global Learning Beyond School, Center for Global Education at Asia Society, New York, NY

Panelists: Terry K. Peterson PhD, Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Liz Nusken, Technical Advisor, Evidence-Based Youth Development Programs, YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL; Jennifer A. Skuza, PhD, Assistant Dean, University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Youth Development, St. Paul, MN

Education is a core strategy for how countries around the world respond to current global challenges. Panelists will share an overview of global and national trends driving the need for an educational response to globalization; explore emerging definitions and frameworks that guide global education around the world; and provide examples of program policies, structures, practices, and professional development for developing globally collaborative and competitive youth during out-of-school time.

Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall; Program Design, Development, and Quality 



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