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

Additional fees ($30 per class) 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 that on-site registration for these classes will be available.

*Please note that there is an additional fee of $30 to attend each Master Class. You will have an opportunity to register for Master Classes when you register online for the conference. 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 these classes, please contact us at 619-23-BOOST (619-232-6678). 

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Wednesday, April 28

2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Tia MartinezMapping the School to Prison Pipeline
Tia Martinez, JD, CEO, Forward Change, San Francisco, CA

This presentation situates the current predominance of zero-tolerance school discipline in its historical context and identifies how the excessive use of exclusionary punishment in recent decades has triggered a cascade of system-driven negative feedback loops that channel young people out of the education system into the prison system.

Thursday, April 29

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Dr. Bettina LoveSocial Justice Perspectives
Dr. Bettina Love, Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Through interactive activities, this Master Class will help attendees examine their own perspectives of their social justice work and ideas about diversity, privilege, and intersectionality. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how institutional power that reproduces injustice, social exclusion, and oppression, despite our best efforts, is embedded in our social justice work.
Attendees will also learn about GET FREE, a multimedia Hip Hop civics curriculum for youth and young adults with the goal to introduce students to a national network of young community leaders, artists, and activists who advocate for social change and democratic inclusion driven by grassroots organizing. GET FREE is inspired by the exuberance, ingenuity, political energy, resistance, love, and DIY model of underground Hip Hop. Its aim is to push and extend ideas of democracy, citizenship, freedom, community, civic engagement, and intersectional justice.

Master Classes contact

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