Please note: Name badges are required to attend all BOOST Conference events including meals and workshops.

BOOST Master Classes are classes offered to attendees by world-class experts of a discipline in order to develop skills in fundamental concepts or stimulate thought in a specific area. BOOST Master Classes may include lecture, panels, research findings, promising practices, case studies, real-world issues, and valuable industry expertise by respected leaders in their field.

Additional fees are associated with BOOST Master Classes. We highly recommend that you pre-register for Master Classes when you register for the BOOST Conference. We cannot guarantee on-site registration for these classes will be available.

*Please note that there is an additional fee to attend Master Classes. You will have an opportunity to register for Master Classes upon registration. Already registered and want to add a Master Class? Log-in to your online account and add one or all of the Master Classes. If you have questions about registration for classes, please contact us at 619-232-6678.

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Wednesday, April 19



Wednesday, April 19

Strengths Based Leadership
Tim Hodges, PhD, Director of Research, Gallup Education


Gallup research proves that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. When you identify your talents and develop them into strengths, you are more productive, more engaged, and more ready to impact the lives of colleagues and students who depend on you. In this engaging Master Class, you will learn how more than 15 million people around the world have identified talents in themselves and others – and how great educators around the country are putting this information to good use!


Tim Hodges, PhD, is Director of Research for Gallup’s Education Division. He consults with K-12 school districts and higher education institutions and leads research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement, parent engagement, and well-being. Dr. Hodges has written journal articles and research reports and is a frequent conference keynote speaker. He is focused on helping transform schools into great places to work and learn. Among his volunteer activities, Dr. Hodges is a public board member for the Center to Advance CTE, a nonprofit organization providing oversight and direction for the implementation of Career and Technical Education across the United States.


Thursday, April 20
10:00am - 12:00pm

Moveable Game Jams: Students Designing Games

Game jams have been growing in popularity across school campuses and in out-of-school programs. In a game jam, student teams are challenged to design a game in a short period of time. In essence, game jams are a game about making a game!

During the 2016-17 school year, Dr. Farber worked with a coalition of Hive New York City partners to develop, host, and document five daylong “Moveable Game Jams,” which took place at different venues in four boroughs. Middle and high school students created digital games and non-digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. At the game jams, students learned how to tackle broad, open-ended problems, while applying 21st-Century skills, like systems thinking, design thinking, user empathy, and collaboration.

This master class is modeled on the Moveable Game Jams. Participants will have an opportunity to design games, and experience a real game jam! Dr. Farber, author of Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning, will also share the developed curriculum resources so you can host your own out-of-school game jam! 

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is a social studies teacher at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey. He is also an adjunct instructor, an Edutopia blogger, and cohost on Ed Got Game on the BAM Radio Network. Dr. Farber was a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship, and is a Certified BrainPOP Educator and a PBS Local Digital Innovator.


Thursday, April 20

Kyle-Wagner-headshotMaster Project- Based Learning in 5 Simple Steps
Kyle Wagner, Founder & Lead Consultant, Transform Educational Consultancy, San Diego, CA  

Wanna be part of the greatest buzz to hit education in the 21st Century? Want to see students fully engaged and transformed by real learning? Imagine your kids in suits and ties presenting to city council on the need to protect our local waterways. Or designing and creating their own hover boards to glide across a lake. 

In this Master Class, as a school leader, you will learn how to create these experiences and connect students to the world outside of school through project- based learning. Learn how to design your first project, connect the project to the local community, and create the kind of experiences that will have students doing real, adult work.

In short, learn how to ‘Master PBL in 5 simple steps.’

Thursday, April 20




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