BOOST Conference 2017 Workshops Listed by Date and Time


Coaching Staff to Success
Kourtney Andrada, Program Manager & CalSAC Trainer, Girls Inc. of Alameda County & CalSAC, Oakland, CA; Donna Frey, Anaheim Achieves Program Director, Anaheim Family YMCA, Anaheim, CA

Coaching is a process that supports individuals to make more conscious decisions and take new action. It helps individuals identify and build on their strengths and internal resources. When practiced well, coaching moves a person forward from where they are to where they want or need to be. Join us to explore coaching best practices and to practice a coaching technique that cultivates a relationship rooted in mutual respect and care. Cultivating respect and care demands we discipline ourselves to constantly stretch our thinking, remain open to different perspectives, and challenge our assumptions as we support others through coaching. Come explore this transformative and essential leadership skill set!
Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Staff Leadership 

Co-creating a Culturally Proficient Workplace
Brenda CampbellJones, President CampbellJones & Associates, Ellicott City, MD

Culturally proficiency is a mind-set employing an inside-out approach to change that lead us to esteem the cultures of others, as well as our own. Language is the median in human organizations allows us to describe and re-describe our world. It is through purposeful conversations that educators unleash the potential to create an educational environment that mitigates or eliminates the lingering power distortions fostered by race, class, and culture. Plan to reflect on and apply the tools of cultural proficiency to shift conversations from confusion, malaise, and blame to collective responsibility for leading profound transformational change in schools.
PK, E, M, H

Strand: Master Class

 Designing a Technology Based After School Program
Sam Gliksman, Educational Technology Author and Consultant, Los Angeles, CA

Creating innovative after/school programs with technology can be a challenge. This session will look at a range of innovative ways to use technology for creative and engaging learning. We’ll also examine many specific hurdles that programs encounter and ways that you can overcome them. You’ll walk away with a laundry list of ideas - whether you’re interested in creating a program for coding, robotics, arts, video and media, animation and more. Attendees will receive a free copy of Sam's new e-book, "40 Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices".

Strand: Program Design, Development and Quality

 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

Feedback and Accountability: What Your Staff are Really Begging For
Rebecca Culjat, Chief inStrategist; Rosemary Paetow, CEO, Think inStrategy, Vista, CA

This workshop will provide an overview of supervision models for staff adapted from Motivational Interviewing and combine that with an overview of a model for enhancing accountability in organizations.  Attendees will learn how to give feedback and approach staff development in a manner that fosters accountability, reduces conflict, enhances outcomes and ultimately empowers individuals to come up with their own solutions to their problems.  Opportunities will be given for attendees to see these models in action and discuss how they can adapt them to meet their needs.

Strand: Staff Leadership

 “From Standing Rock to Stonewall to Selma” – Social Justice and Action for K-12 Students
Tiveeda Stovall, Community Connector, Bayha Group, San Diego, CA

Educators from coast to coast are looking for ways to improve inclusion and student engagement in and out of school. This interactive workshop will guide participants in “why” inclusive curriculum is important and relevant to all students and how Youth Participatory Action Research can engage students in learning and creating social change. Participants will be introduced to a cadre of no cost resources.  One lucky participant will receive a Top Shelf trilogy set of the graphic novels on the Civil Rights movement - MARCH by Congressman John Lewis.
M, H, MLA, DS 

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 How to Promote & Market your Out-of-School Time Program Online
Julien Brandt, CEO, Organik SEO, Solana Beach, CA

This will be an in-depth workshop focused on creating a scalable, efficient and effective digital marketing campaign for your out-of-school time program. Join Julien Brandt, the CEO of Organik SEO, to learn how to build a campaign from the ground up. This 101 boot camp will focus on setting up your online presence focusing on topics such as: keyword and competitor analysis, User Experience and Conversion Rate Optimization, on-page Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and proper SEO and Social Media strategy. We will also learn how to connect with influencers on social media to bring a voice to your program and the impact it makes!
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Let’s Zoom in on Trust: The Role of Trusting Relationships in Expanded Learning
Dr. Aisha Griffith, Researcher, University of Virginia, Youth-Nex, Charlottesville, VA

Positive relationships between youth and program leaders are a core foundation of safe and supportive environments that promote SEL and Character skills.  Trust is key to these relationships. Why does trust matter? How does it form? Griffith will describe the ways in which trust magnifies the benefits youth gain from program participation and how leaders working in these programs build trust.  She will then discuss the importance of leveraging trusting youth-adult relationships to create safe and inclusive environments for our most marginalized youth.
Strand: Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 Meditation for Teachers and Students
Jeffrey Zlotnik, Founder, The Meditation Initiative, San Diego, CA

This is a perfect introduction for those who are curious about meditation but never seem to have found the time, as well as those who have experience with meditation but want to develop a daily practice. Learn about the common misunderstandings of meditation in addition to various techniques, postures and expectations in developing a daily meditation practice. You will learn also how to lead meditation for your staff and students, including practicing leading meditation in this workshop.

Strand: Staff Leadership

 Most Likely to Succeed
Mike Strong, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High, San Diego, CA

Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America's new college graduates are unable to find employment. Director Greg Whiteley (Mitt, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective.  

Charter schools like San Diego's High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Whiteley follows students, teachers, and parents to see if this different model can reawaken the love of learning and offer the potential for a paradigmatic shift in education.

Strand: Film Festival 

Oh the Math That They'll Know - Primary Math Games
Jane Felling, President, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Canada

Finally a tailor made workshop for the primary Pre K - 2 level.  Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, dominoes and math shakers that teach the following concepts:  numeration, learning numbers to 10, 20 and beyond, place value, operations and fact fluency, graphing.  Ideas for developing journals, math talk extensions, will be shared throughout the workshop.  Get you after school math program rolling with our favorite box-car games, as well as new games and activities.  Gameboards provided, student samples shared, ideas for home connections, and more.  Great for your title programs, ELL, and Special Ed students as well as ideas for hosting a family night!
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase

 PBL on the Playground!
Cindy Sackett, Director of Operations and Expanded Learning, Washington Alliance for Better Schools, Shoreline, WA; April Nilsen, Associate Director of Expanded Learning, Shoreline, WA

Attendees will put on their engineering caps and think, what could I design to make an ordinary playground extraordinary? You will learn while working through the design process how to engage students in exploring the community by critically observing playgrounds to learn how to create fun and safe equipment.


Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 The Professional Readiness Institute for Management and Education: Investing In Your Organization by Investing In Your Staff
Al Cortes, Executive Director Beyond The Bell; Tim Bower, Administrator Beyond The Bell; Harry Talbot, Administrative Coordinator Beyond The Bell; Howard Serpas, Program Coordinator Beyond The Bell. LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA;  Ray Trinidad, CEO, !Mpact People; JoHanna Simko, Program Director, !Mpact People, Chula Vista, CA 

LAUSD is committed to developing and promoting emerging professionals eager to make an impact in education and youth development.  LAUSD recognizes its role as a leader in Expanded Learning by creating a learning community that “dives deep” on Proven Program Practices, Management Techniques, and other Trending Educational Strategies. The Quality Standards, Growth Mindset, the LIAS Principles, and Why In What We Do are just a few of the contemporary topics that are explored by the 50 management staff selected to participate in this yearlong institute.  Meet with the trainers, mentors and participants to discuss the benefits, growth and advantages of being member of the PRIME Team. 
E, M, H, HE, ULA, MLA, CB 
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell

 Raising Self-Esteem Through Creative Physical Activities
Sandy Slade, Clinician, Sandy Spin Slade, Inc., Corona, CA

Numerous studies have shown that children who are active and healthy have a lower risk of juvenile behavior, an increase in academic achievement, and tend to have a much better self-image. This session steps outside the box of traditional fitness activities and provides participants with innovative ideas that demonstrate how to indeed get everyone up and moving while raising self-esteem through creative fitness activities that are appropriate for all ages and abilities.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

Youth Speakers: Royce Mann, Merveille Kouekabakilaho, Adriana Ibanez

Moderator: Rhonda Ridley, President/CEO, Affinity Public Relations and former educator, Bronx, NY 

How often do you take the opportunity to have an intentional conversation with middle and high school youth and hear their viewpoint? This panel session offers a perfect opportunity to have an open, in-depth, and candid conversation about learning, graduation, bullying/cyberbullying, racism, teen dating, body image, peer pressure, LGBTQIA, and other challenges facing our youth today. Come prepared with questions!

Strand: Panel Sessions; Older Youth 

Unlocking Greatness: Shifting our Perception of Mentoring Black and Latino Boys
Earl Edwards, Ph.D. Student at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 

In 2014, President Barack Obama started the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative encouraging mentorship for young Black boys; however, how that mentorship should be implemented is still to be determined. This workshop highlights promising mentoring practices and challenges perceptions about mentoring. The goal is to shift the current mentoring paradigm from mentors serving as role models to instead serving as resource advocates and connectors.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 What Do You Say to "That's So Gay":  Affirming LGBTQ Youth in Out of School Time Programs
Johanna Eager, Director, Welcoming Schools, Welcoming Schools/Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC  

What DO you say when you hear “That’s so gay!”? What does LGBTQ stand for?  What is the difference between transgender and non-binary youth?  Is there a difference between gender and sexual orientation?  What are best practices for supporting LGBTQ youth? During this session participants will explore answers to these questions and more. Students ask a lot of questions, and some are difficult to answer in the moment.  In addition to sharing resources, activities, and video from HRC’s Welcoming Schools Program, participants will have the opportunity to gently practice responses to student questions and comments to feel better prepared to provide students with the answers they need.
E, M, H, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Staff Leadership


 5 Ways Outward Bound Builds Character
Nettie Pardue, Director of Education and Safety, Outward Bound California, San Francisco, CA 

Helen Keller said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Join Outward Bound California for an experiential workshop where participants will take a journey and explore the 5 ways Outward Bound builds character through challenging wilderness and urban programs. We explore how the 5 concepts can be integrated into and adapted to all types of educational programs.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Activities to Engage Youth In and Out of School
Gabriela Delgado, Program Specialist II, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA

This interactive workshop will focus on activities and strategies that can increase student engagement, school connectedness, and contribute to a positive school climate. Topics/themes to be explored include: empowerment, personal growth, life skills, decision-making, and relationships, more! This session is designed to keep YOU engaged and actively participating so be prepared to learn, have fun, and gain valuable tips and tricks! 


Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 The Art of S.C.R.A.P.

Karen Riley, Executive Director, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery (Student Creative Recycle Art Program), Cathedral City, CA 

The average American discards 4.3 pounds of garbage every day. Without recycling, we add unneeded pressure to our environment by extracting more and more resources. Enter the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and it's unique approach to help solve environmental problems by taking discarded materials and turning them into art with kids. So come create, make and take in this workshop!
Stand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Beyond the Dream - Langston Hughes to Kendrick Lamar
Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Humans Rights Campaign, San Francisco, CA; Nico Bremond, Teen Project Lead; De’Anthony Jones, Project Leader, Collective Impact, San Francisco, CA

In this session we will explore how activists of the past and conscientious rappers of today used their words to encourage action. Dr. King talked about his dream, Langston Hughes wrote about a dream deferred. What does that mean today? What are the lyrics of J.Cole, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar saying? Participants will learn how to use poetry and music to engage in conversations and develop an action plan to address racial issues.
PK, E, M, H, HE, MLA, DS, CB

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality 

Current Trends in Substance Abuse and Prevention Education
Rockwell “Rocky” Herron, Special Agent, DEA, San Diego, CA

Don’t miss this dynamic workshop from a DEA agent! This presentation will cover the most current trends in substance abuse as seen from the law enforcement perspective and will discuss efforts and techniques being used by law enforcement to educate children and young adults away from substance abuse.

Strand: Older Youth

 Equitable Practices for Engaging Youth in STEM
Erin Hogeboom, Community Development and Network Strategy Manager, The Connectory and National Girls Collaborative, Seattle, WA 

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is a robust network of organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls in STEM. NGCP models a collaborative structure to empower a girls and underserved youth in STEM through hands-on activities and research-based practices. Participants will engage in a hands-on experience and explore strategies that encourage girls and underserved youth to pursue STEM education and careers.
E, M, H, MLA, DS
Strand: Staff Leadership

 Evaluations for Better Programs
Robin Mattaini, Implementation & Product Specialist, Eleyo, St. Paul Park, MN 

This session will walk through steps involved in creating, summarizing and using surveys and results to create better programs. A successful survey can provide the insight needed to create programs that the community wants to attend.
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Finding the Gold Within: Film Screening and Discussion
Sheilah Brooks, Afterschool Program Advisor, Merced County Office of Education, Merced, CA; Stacey Dario, Co-Director, Temescal Associates, Oakland, CA 

Excerpted from a statement by Karina Epperlein, Film Director:“Dr. Kwame Scruggs, the founder of Alchemy, gave me entry to his core group of 28 young Black teenagers who after seven years of listening and exploring mythological stories had acquired impressive critical and metaphorical thinking skills. I have been getting close to many in the core group but especially to the six protagonists that I selected to keep following closely. They have been granting me intimate access to their lives, to their deepest thoughts and feelings. As I look for the shining essence of each young man, I am moved to my deepest core.

The work of Alchemy is groundbreaking, but it needs to be experienced, hence the film. There is no better comment about this award-winning mentoring youth program than witnessing the maturity, composure and growth of the young men. As their gold shines forth, we learn about ourselves. We might even be allowed to go past the old collective feelings of hidden shame, guilt and fear, and start looking with the eyes of the heart.”

The screening will be followed by discussion.

Strand: Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 How to Begin to Transform Your Life and Your School with Trauma Informed Dynamic Mindfulness
Coleen Armstrong-Yamamura, Education Program Director, The Niroga Institute, Oakland, CA

The Niroga Institute’s Dynamic Mindfulness (DM) program is an evidence-based trauma-informed stress- resilience program that has been field tested with thousands of students over the last 10 years. Dynamic Mindfulness integrates mindful action, breathing, and centering into a powerful intervention that can be implemented in the classroom, afterschool, and the daily lives of educators.  In this interactive presentation, we explore the impact of chronic stress and trauma on the brain and behavior. Participants will experience first hand the power and potential of Dynamic Mindfulness (DM) practices that can profoundly transform the brain-behavior connection, systematically developing stress resilience, self-awareness, emotion regulation and healthy relationships, affecting all aspects of our personal and professional lives. 99% of DM trained educators report that the practice has enhanced their personal sustainability and professional practice.

Strand: Sustainability

 Key Considerations in Implementing a Successful Program Evaluation Strategy in Out-of-School Time
Samantha Sniegowski, Researcher, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, IL

This interactive workshop will walk participants through key questions and considerations for implementing a successful program evaluation strategy in their out-of-school time (OST) program. The presenter will guide participants through important concepts and steps in the evaluation process. This workshop is geared toward OST stakeholders who are thinking about implementing a program evaluation or for those who have begun a program evaluation but need support in moving on to the next step.
E, M, H, ULA, CB 
Strand: Sustainability 

Landfill Harmonic
Alvaro Rodriguez, Director of After School Operations, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

Landfill Harmonic shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. 


 E, M, H, ULA, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Film Festival

 Leading with Love and Power: A Panel Discussion on Resisting Hate in Our Communities
Aleah Rosario, Director of Capacity Building Programs, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) Berkeley, CA

At their foundation, expanded learning programs must be safe and supportive environments for all young people. Yet, never before in their lifetime have today’s children, youth and their families been the target of such imminent threats to their humanity. Hear from Fellows and Alumni of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on how they are seeing and responding to the barriers young people face in their communities, from oppression at the social and cultural levels, to the systemic and structural levels influenced by policy. Panelists will share how they boldly navigate such realities and offer advice and strategies for self-care as they practice radical leadership.  The LDI is a year-long leadership development fellowship for emerging leaders and emerging leaders of color. The LDI is designed to equip the next generation of leaders with skills in management and leadership.  A foundational component of this project is how power, privilege and oppression manifest itself in the field.
Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Staff Leadership 

 “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Carlos Garcia, Program Coordinator; Freddy Gallegos, Program Coordinator; Rafael Acosta, Regional Director, Beyond the Bell, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA 

Kids may come for the sizzle, but they stay for the steak! Although marketing and recruiting kids are necessary, earning their trust and commitment is the true accomplishment.   In this session, you will learn how to increase student attendance and higher dosage through innovative program design and implementation.  Come join the Beyond the Bell Los Angeles family for a fun and meaningful experience! 

Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand 

Social Emotional Learning Panel
Moderator: Dr. Michelle Perrenoud, Project Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA

Panel members: Johanna Fridel M.Ed., ACE Project Director, Greenville ISD, Greenville, TX; Corey Newhouse, MPP, Founder and Principal, Public Profit, Oakland, CA; Julia Rugg, Chief Strategy Officer, WINGS, Charleston, SC;Stu Semigran, President & Co-Founder, EduCare Foundation, Van Nuys, CA 

Social Emotional Learning is an important set of skills, attitudes and behaviors youth and adults can acquire and effectively apply to positively navigate experiences and promote success in life.  These skills can be powerful predictors of important youth outcomes such as academic achievement, college and career readiness, positive self-esteem and connection to your local and global community. Come learn from experts across the country about program models, staff practices and partnerships that have shown success and learn ways you can enhance the SEL aspect of your work on all levels of your program or organization. 

Strand: BOOST Panel Session; Program Design, Development and Quality

 STEM Served Family-Style: Harness the Influence of Families on Children’s Attitudes and Achievement
Sara Mitchell, Astrophysics Education Specialist; Sarah Eyermann, Astrophysics Education Specialist, CRESST/USRA & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Support STEM success through "family PD"! Engaging families in a comfortable environment forges important connections between adults, children, and learning that continue beyond your program. This session will explore the impacts of family STEM programming, introduce NASA family learning resources, and engage participants in activities designed to bring the whole family together as learners and teachers.
E, M, H, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Strengths Based Leadership

Tim Hodges, PhD, Director of Research, Gallup Education, Allston, MA 

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!
PK, E, M, H, HE
Strand: Master Class

 Using Boardgames to Foster Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
Greg Thatcher, PhD, Associate Professor, Fresno State University, Clovis, CA

Educational game-based learning can be used as a tool to teach valuable 21st century skills. Not only do games require communication and collaboration, but they also teach innovation and decision making skills. Serious games can be used to help young adults learn the skills that they will need to be successful.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 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



 Catch Some Sun with NASA! 8/21/17 Eclipse + Sun +Shadows
Leslie Lowes, Informal Education Specialist, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Be ready for the 8.21.17 Solar Eclipse, when the Moon will appear to cover all or part of the Sun in the U.S.! Engage your youth in Mother Nature’s grand event with NASA-sponsored activities about the Sun with a variety of learner styles. Join millions across the U.S. in safely observing this full or partial solar eclipse, and extend the experience in your summer or afterschool program. Leaders only need an eye for safety and curiosity to learn with their kids – no science background required!
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Empowering Upstanders: Moving from Bystander to Upstander
Greg Shamie, Director of Staff Development, The Leadership Program, New York, NY

Come learn key concepts from our Empowering Upstanders curriculum that examines how to create a safe environment and establish a common language with students. Participants will leave the session with tangible strategies to put into action around reducing bullying behaviors and empowering upstander behavior in their classrooms and school communities.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Growing a Ground Swell to Save Afterschool
Aleah Rosario, Director of Capacity Building Programs, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC), Oakland, CA; Jessica Hay, Program Director, California Afterschool Network, Sacramento, CA

The future of afterschool programs in California rests in the hands of Governor Brown and the California Legislature and the time to take action is now! Without an increase to ASES funding, the future is unknown for the 67,000 students being served daily in ASES funded afterschool programs. At a time when our most cherished universal values and civil rights are under attack at the federal level, children, youth and their families are relying heavily on local systems and services of support. As leaders and practitioners in the field, we can draw from youth development to guide us as activists and change makers – speaking out on behalf of our vital programming. Explore what speaking out can look like on a personal and agency level, consider how to involve youth and families in both design and implementation, and reflect on how this sits within a larger social and political context. Become part of the ground swell to save California afterschool programs – we cannot save afterschool without you!

In partnership with the California Afterschool Network (CAN) and the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance (CA3)

Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Staff Leadership

 Growing GRIT – Guts, Resilience, Insistence, and Tenacity
Mike Ashcraft, Founder and CEO; Chelsea Ashcraft, CEO, Children’s Choice, Albuquerque, NM

Do you wish you could help the children and youth in your programs to gain passion and perseverance for long-term goals? Attend this session and learn how to help kids gain the confidence to solve problems. Learn how to help them identify their own feelings and gain a sense of control over their thoughts and behaviors. Learn secret tricks to help them reduce stress and cope when bad things happen. Learn specific strategies to help them develop skills that will enable them to get GRITTIER!

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Hitting The Pause Button: A Time for Reflection, Discussion, and Action
Mary Jo Ginty, Expanded Learning Regional Lead: Region 11 Lead, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles, CA

Participants will have a chance to hear from 5 leaders in Expanded Learning in CA thoughts on where the field has been, is and will go to in the areas of Policy, Program, Human Resource Assets, Funding and Outcomes.  Each presenter will then lead a small table discussion on one of these topics with workshop participants choosing to participate in one to have further discussion about the future of the field from the perspective they have chosen and what needs to take place to move the field to the next level. 

E, M, H, ULA

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Leveraging Youth Sports to Improve Health in California
Michael Vaughan-Cherubin, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Washington, DC 

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the U.S., has partnered with the Center for Collaborative Solutions and their Healthy Behaviors after-school initiative (HBI). This partnership brings the Foundation’s, evidence based, free sports-based youth development program to underserved communities across CBIs network. The HBI supports after school programs by bringing exemplary practices in high quality nutrition education, physical activity and food security to California.
Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

Librarians, Law Enforcement, and Children’s Hospitals: Innovative #PartnershipsWithPurpose
Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, DC

Based on one of the highest read BOOST Breakfast Club blog articles of last year, this interactive workshop will give you the tools to craft purposeful partnerships and meaningful collaborations. A particular focus will be on simple techniques to build support and consensus.

Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

 Moveable Game Jams: Students Designing Games
Dr. Matthew Farber, Teacher, Valleyview Middle School, Branchburg, NJ

Game jams has 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 is 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 day long “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!

E, M, H, MLA, DS

Strand: Master Class

 Our Kids are Stressed Out: Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth
Shawnee Thornton Hardy, Educational/Behavioral Consultant & Yoga Therapist, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs, San Diego, CA  

This workshop will teach hands-on and interactive mindfulness activities, yoga poses, chair yoga, visualization strategies and breathing exercises specifically designed for children of all abilities, including children with autism and special needs and children with emotional and behavioral challenges. We’ll discuss the impact stress and anxiety can have on a child’s nervous system and how this impacts mood, behavior and their ability to focus in order to learn. We’ll explore how to incorporate “mindfulness breaks” and movement activities throughout the day to support children with identifying uncomfortable sensations in the body, communication and expression of difficult emotions, coping skills, social skills, body awareness, executive functioning and self-regulation. Participants will learn strategies for empowering children and youth with tools in order to cope with stress, reduce anxiety and find their ©C.A.L.M.M

PK, E, M, DS

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

PBIS for Expanded Learning Programs
Julie Bennett, Specialist, ASAPconnect, San Jose, CA; Francine Stewart, JD, PhD, Program Coordinator, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Monterey, CA

It’s difficult to teach students in any learning environment without having solid behavioral systems in place. Developing effective behavioral systems are not always intuitive to adults, and behavior management can be challenging for even the most experienced educator. Thousands of schools throughout the U.S. are implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), an evidence-based framework proven to improve the student behavior and the social climate in schools. PBIS researchers at the University of Connecticut have worked for several years to determine which components of PBIS are most effective for implementation in after school settings. In 2015, ASAPconnect partnered with the University of Connecticut to develop supports for California-based expanded learning programs. In this session, we will provide an overview of what PBIS is and why it’s relevant, will share how PBIS is implemented and developed over time, and explain how PBIS is helping transform and improve the after school climate and culture at MPUSD.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Playing to Heal: A Trauma Sensitive Sports Practice
Efrain De La Peza, Senior Training Manager, Up2Us Sports, Los Angeles, CA; Adrienne Moore, Assistant Director, Capacity Building, Up2Us Sports, Seattle, WA

There is growing research that points to the power of physical activity as a way for people exposed to trauma to reconnect with their body & reclaim control that was once lost. Sport is rooted in play, provides opportunities for emotional release, promotes social connection, & helps develop the prefrontal cortex. This session outlines promising practices for working with youth who have experienced trauma & presents strategies that can be applied universally across youth development fields.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Project-Based Learning Expert Panel
Moderator: Kyle Wagner, Innovations Consultant, Transform Educational Consulting, San Diego, CA

Panel members: Jamie Holmes, 8th Grade Humanities, High Tech Middle Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA. Rodrigo Arancibia, After School Program Programs Lead, Sweetwater Union High School District, Sweetwater, CA. Tina Chavez, Internship Director, High Tech High North County, San Marcos, CA.

Project- based learning when implemented well has an enormous impact on student learning! It engages students, connects them to their passions, and gets them completing work that matters! After school time helps provide the perfect space for this work! Come hear from leading experts as they share the secrets for designing effective PBL experiences, as well as the impact it has had on their students. This session will also include time for audience Q & A.
Strand: Program Development Design and Quality

 Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Lisa Tabb, Co-Producer & Co-Executive Producer, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital World, San Francisco, CA

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Strand: Film Festival 

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

 Social and Emotional Learning: Feedback and Communication Insights from the Field
Pam Loeb, Principal, Edge Research; Stacia Tipton, Senior Analyst, Arlington, VA

There are signs of growing interest among educators in helping children not only to get a firm grasp of academic knowledge, but also develop the skills they need to manage their emotions, build positive relationships and navigate social situations. But it’s less clear what to call this collection of competencies. Non-cognitive skills? Grit? Character? Growth mindsets? Youth development? Social and emotional learning? 

To help understand a linguistic landscape of more than 40 terms, the Wallace Foundation commissioned Edge Research, an Arlington, Va.-based market research firm, to explore what the terms meant, how often they were used and how motivating they were. It found that educators, policymakers and afterschool leaders are especially interested in how social and emotional learning can benefit children.

This presentation will review the market research findings, share insights and communications recommendations, and help participants start to think about how to use the findings in their own programs and outreach.
Strand: Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 TGIF Math Games - Thank Goodness it's Fun for Grade 4 - 8
John Felling, Consultant, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks, Edmonton, Canada

New math games and old favorites will be included in this fast-paced, highly engaging session. Effectively using math games and activities is an excellent teaching strategy, especially on those days when students need a little extra motivation and engagement. There's no math anxiety when it's fun! The games use manipulatives easily found in most schools making it quick and easy for participants to implement. Games use cards, dice, our new math shakers and number lines and will cover the following concepts: place value (including rounding), mixed operations (including order of operations), multi-digit adding/subtracting (including estimating and regrouping), fraction and decimal equivalency and operations, beginning algebra, graphing and data analysis. Gameboards, student samples will be shared throughout as well as classroom management tips to ensure your math game program gets rolling! Come prepared to play.
E, M, DS
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase

 Transforming Classroom Culture with Restorative Justice and Youth Development
Ryan McCarthy, Executive Director, CALEAD, The California Leadership Initiative, San Francisco, CA

In this engaging and hands-on workshop, learn how to apply the principles of Restorative Justice, Youth Development, and Non Violent Communication to mediate conflicts in ways in which encourage youth to identify and implement their own solutions to conflict, and transform their programs into spaces where students feel safe, supported, and ready to learn! All participants will receive experiential exercises and resources which can be immediately implemented with youth.


Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 VISIONIZERS: Mentors For Positive Change
Elvy Pacheco, Program Coordinator; Majanaye Anderson, Traveling Program Supervisor; Robert Patterson II, Traveling Program Supervisor; Jackie Bonilla, Traveling Program Supervisor; Gerry Vasquez, Traveling Program Supervisor, Beyond the Bell, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA 

Come get inspired to inspire others!  Let us help you break out of the “box” of routine by making lasting and positive differences in the lives of children through mentorship.  Learn key strategies and action steps for developing meaningful relationships with students through VISIONIZERS mentorship.  Give students a sense of hope and foresight to “visionize” a successful future.  Meet and greet the Los Angeles Unified School District/Beyond the Bell team members who may have a “box” for you.  Exchange it in the session for a new “box” of inspiration!
E, M, H, MLA
Strand: LAUSD Beyond the Bell Workshop Strand


 Activities That Build Harmonious Student Relationships, Increase Empathy, and Decrease Teasing and Bullying
Annie Middlemist, Field Support Specialist, Sanford Harmony (SEL) at National University, La Jolla, CA

Intentional social-emotional learning (SEL) builds supportive relationships among students! Join our session and engage in fun and easy activities that help children communicate, connect, collaborate, and solve problems that foster positive after school climates. Discover how LA’S BEST After School Enrichment Program has collaborated with Sanford Harmony to increase respect, inclusion, kindness and empathy among students while decreasing teasing and aggressive behavior. Take away activities that you’ll use tomorrow! 


Strand: Staff Leadership

 Connecting the Dots: Character, SEL, and Employability Skills
Dan Gilbert, Project Manager, Afterschool Alliance, Washington DC; Carlos Santini, Vice President of Programs, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, CA; Eric Vanden Heuvel, Chief Academic Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Green Bay, WI; Veronica Escobedo, Director of Program Services, Girls Inc. of Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA

SEL. Character Development. 21st Century Skills. Employability Skills. It seems that everyone has a preferred terminology nowadays, but to many of us the overlap between these issues can seem obvious. In this session, presenters will provide messaging tips and tricks to help bring community partners, businesses, districts, and funders to the table.

Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

 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: Sustainability; Program Design, Development, and Quality

Creating a Site Culture that MATTERS
Cindy McCann, Executive Director, Every Monday Matters, Burbank, CA

If you didn’t know this before, we’re here to tell you, YOU MATTER. We will work together to help you create a site culture where every stakeholder in your community knows how much and why they matter. Participants will experience an overview of Every Monday Matters’ You Matter™ K-12 curriculum and club programs. Our You Matter programs engage staff and students to discover for themselves how living a happy and healthy life in a thriving community starts with us. We will also learn how expand our ‘mattering’ into your site culture and community. Participants will learn several methods of incorporating the values of I Matter, You Matter and We Matter throughout your whole program and school day. From students, to families, to administrators, to your entire community, everyone can know how much and why they matter because of you. We will also share current best practices from the field and brainstorm new ways to manifest ‘mattering’ into your site culture, your community and beyond.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Developing, Growing and Caring for Your Team
Anthony Luna, Director of School Sites & CalSAC Trainer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor & CalSAC, Los Angeles, CA; Eddie Garcia, Director of After School Programs & CalSAC Trainer, Lennox School District After School Program & CalSAC, Lennox, CA

Supervising staff is one of the many challenges routinely faced by Expanded Learning site leaders. It is important to know how to fairly, efficiently, and adequately supervise staff and to choose strategies that foster a culture of shared responsibility and ownership. In this workshop, participants will explore their own job responsibilities and reflect on the various roles a site leader plays and strategies for cultivating a culture where growth and development is celebrated and acknowledged.
E, M, H, MLA
Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Staff Leadership

 The Dream Initiative: Empowering a Workforce of Dream Achievers
Pamela Hutton, Dream Initiative Manager, California Teaching Fellows Foundation, Fresno, CA; Mike Snell, CEO, California Teaching Fellows Foundation, Fresno, CA

It can be difficult to keep an expanded learning workforce operating at peak performance. Let’s face it: it’s a challenge to retain employees, period, let alone develop them as social and emotional learning (SEL) role models. The Dream Initiative is a breakthrough program—designed with the help of a 2,000-person Millennial workforce—that helps expanded learning practitioners overcome their obstacles and achieve their dreams. You will learn about the research and design behind the program, explore case studies and outcomes, and experience a few of the techniques used to coach employees. Discover ways you can implement more than seven performance tools to benefit your organization and its people.

Strand: Staff Leadership

 Essentials of Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks
Matt Burk, Director of Physical Education and Sports Programs; Bryce McMillan, Program Director; Kellon Mitchell, Speed Stacks, Inc., Englewood, CO

Come join the excitement of Sport Stacking with a hands-on learning experience where we'll teach you the physical and mental benefits that Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks has on today's youth. You'll learn from how to start a program with your organization, the basic stacking patterns as well as engage in the 20 plus games and activities we offer through our comprehensive curriculum. Sport Stacking is in over 50,000 programs across the U.S. as well as 67 countries around the world. Come see the excitement for yourself. Every participant will receive a FREE set of Speed Stacks and information in regards to our programs.
PK, E, M, H, MLA, DS
Strand: Exhibitor Showcase; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 From Policy to Practice: Policy Implications for Expanded Learning Programs
Michael Funk, Director; Joshua Brady, Consultant, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA

Do you ever feel like you are the last to know about important policy items affecting expanded learning programs in California? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from CDE staff and Expanded Learning Policy Committee members about the policy implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Assembly Bill 2615. This interactive presentation will summarize the work done to date from the Expanded Learning Policy Committee and identify the changes on the horizon for expanded learning programs in California.

Strand: Staff Leadership

 Heart Through Hands: Transformative Arts
Rita Naranjo, Professor, California State University San Marcos, Oceanside, CA

This workshop aims to highlight the transformative power of engaging in the process of bead-working. This is an ancient practice of expression that promotes sharing personal time connecting to others, gaining knowledge and learning a useful new skill, but also builds self-esteem and courage.
E, M, H, DS

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 LAUSD’s 21st Century Readiness Through the LIAS Principles
Betty Lopez, Area Program Supervisor; Francine Fernandez, Area Program Supervisor; Ed Samperio, Regional Director, Beyond the Bell, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA 

Are your sites struggling to implement the LIAS Principle in Expanded Learning at your sites? Are your programs giving young people the skills to assist them in the 21st Century? Our interactive workshop will help you understand the LIAS Principles, provide you with resources to apply them, and share program insights to help our kids thrive and learn!
E, DS 
Strand: LAUSD Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Not Your Ordinary Volunteer: Leveraging Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Support High-Quality Programs
Dr. Jenel Lao, Director of Undergraduate Programs, UCI School of Education, Irvine, CA

This workshop will challenge you to think differently about how to engage local college/university students in your program. By sharing undergraduate coursework and outcomes at UC Irvine in the Certificate in Afterschool and Summer Education program (CASE), as well as some cutting-edge graduate student research in afterschool, we hope to inspire you to use your local college students as capacity-building resources. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in action planning to leverage local higher education partners in the development of high-quality programs.

Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

 Play The Documentary
Matty Steinkamp, Director of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ; Tracy Perkins, Producer of Play The Documentary from Phoenix, AZ

Play The Documentary is a film to inspire more people to play music. This independent crowdfunded film features musicians, educators, and organizations from all over the world sharing their stories and talents with our cameras. ‘What would out world be like without music? What if we never learned to play?’ We ask at the front of the film. Play the documentary focuses on the importance of music education in public schools and the values and lessons that are being taught right now in 2015. The film’s goal is to share the wonder and beauty of music in a worldly variety of personalities that will hopefully allow you to connect and become inspired to play music.


 E, M, H, ULA, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Film Festival 

 Positive Emotional Climates: The Future of Behavior Management and Employee Wellness 
Erin Browder, School Climate Specialist and Leadership Consultant, Erin Browder, LLC, Redondo Beach, CA

Grounded in research from the fields of education psychology, emotional intelligence and neurobiology, this workshop will offer a toolkit for educators, principals, health care staff, and school counselors whose work serves large populations exposed to varying levels of childhood trauma and adversity. Participants will unpack the concept of emotional climate, emotional awareness, and mindfulness, in addition to providing strategies and techniques that support the well-being of adults and children. Participants will engage in rich discussions that integrate themes of emotional safety, awareness and self-care based on their professional and personal experiences, and explore consequences and emotional tolls of working closely with people affected by trauma and adversity. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and build off each others’ expertise. 

Strand: Staff Leadership 

 The Power of Simple: Build Project- Based Learning into Your Program in 5 Simple Steps

Kyle Wagner, Lead Consultant, Transform Educational Consulting, San Diego, CA

Out of school time provides the perfect canvas for students to pursue their passions and complete projects that positively impact the communities in which they live. This engaging hands- on workshop will teach program coordinators how to accomplish this goal through project- based learning. Using the “Power of Simple” as a context, participants will learn the components of well- designed projects, the simple 5- step process for creating their own, and how to engage and organize their staff and students to connect those projects to the real world.  
E, M, H, ULA, MLA, DS 
Strand: Master Class; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Powerful Play: A Play-Based Framework to Improve Youth Fitness and Physical Literacy
Craig Valency, President, SPIDERfit Kids, San Diego, CA

Play is powerful! With widespread youth inactivity and early sports specialization, our kids appear to have forgotten how to PLAY! In this hands-on, highly active workshop, discover how strategic play-based activities and games can be used with grade school age children to improve fitness, coordination, and physical confidence! Highlighting development of the often neglected foundational sensory skills, learn how to program to play with purpose, maximizing participation and minimizing frustration. Leave with dozens of new ideas and a refreshing paradigm for inspiring youngsters to become fit and healthy for life. We know it’s powerful, kids think it’s fun!

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 “Quality Is Not an Act. It is Habit.”
 Jesse Oliveros, Area Program Supervisor; Jeanette Magallan, Traveling Program Supervisor; Cesar Chavez, Traveling Program Supervisor; Robert Diaz, Field Coordinator, Beyond the Bell, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA 

Discover how Beyond the Bell incorporates the Quality Standards of Expanding Learning in California and utilizes them to assess programming at grant-funded sites. Sample the hands-on approach of the Los Angeles Unified School District observation tool for measuring quality at our sites regularly. In addition, gain insight on how to coach front line staff to engage in crucial conversations focused on continual quality improvement. 

Strand: LAUSD Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Transforming Schools Through Restorative Practices and Engaging Youth Voice and Leadership
Andre Griggs, Supervisor, Merced County Office of Education, Merced, CA

“Restorative justice is a practice which emphasizes repairing the harm caused by negative behavior through cooperative processes that includes all stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, and most importantly, young people.” -Restorative Justice League

This workshop will discuss historical content, impact of school to prison pipeline, and the disruption of school to prison pipeline through Restorative Justices best practices. This interactive workshop will also focus on activities and strategies that will increase student engagement, school connectedness, and impact positive school culture and climate. 
E, M, H, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 Turning Struggles Into Accomplishments
Richard Reyes, Executive Director, the PLUS ME project, Los Angeles, CA

Many students struggle with identifying how they can turn their life struggles into accomplishments. In this interactive workshop, we will discover parts of our own personal narratives and understand how we can support students with turning their roadblocks into moments they are proud of.

Strand: Older Youth


 Building Community Not Disunity
David Tuero, Senior Director, Out-Of-School Programs; Jimena Toscano, Area Program Supervisor; Claudia Silva, Traveling Program Supervisor; Queen Au, Traveling Program Supervisor, Beyond the Bell Branch, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA 

Are there children in your program who feel ignored? Anonymous?  Bullied? Create an environment in your program that prevents kids from feeling isolated and afraid.  Join our hands-on, interactive approach to building community in your program.  Learn different activities that will help validate your students and develop stronger connections with their leaders, school and neighborhood. Community building is an effective and proactive tool to help students belong and feel empowered.  By addressing their social-emotional needs, our students can become more resilient and successful adults.  Let us assist you in creating the village that will help you raise your children.
E, M, MLA, DS                                                                                       
Strand: LAUSD Workshop Strand

 Designing a Vision for Family Engagement and Belonging
Selena Levy, Program Manager, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC), Oakland, CA; Charnelle Ruff, Program Coordinator, California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC), Oakland, CA

In today’s political climate, the Expanded Learning field has an even greater responsibility and opportunity to be a safe haven for families. At the core of youth development is the belief that all children and youth deserve to belong and to thrive as members of our society – this value must continue to extend outwards to families during this critical and threatening time in history. In this workshop we’ll explore our collective vision and design for family engagement that considers what families are facing in today’s political climate and how Expanded Learning programs play a role in meeting those needs. From programming content and design to providing relevant and timely resources, we'll shape the role of Expanded Learning providers as advocates and ambassadors for families. Together we’ll consider what it means to “belong” and how centering belonging at the heart of a family engagement strategy not only strengthens our work and relationships with families but is a form of active resistance.
E, M, H, MLA, DS
Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Design Squad Global: Fostering Global Competence through Collaborative Engineering Projects
Saranya Sathananthan, Outreach Project Manager, WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA

Design Squad Global connects out-of-school-time programs around the world, empowering youth ages 10-13 to collaborate on solving real-world engineering problems and expand their cross-cultural understanding. In this workshop, participants will learn key findings from an action research study on the infrastructure needed to inspire young, globally competent engineers in afterschool programs, do a hands-on activity that demonstrates engineering as a creative way to empower youth to solve problems, and hear from participants on the program’s impact on the development of students’ engineering and global competency skills.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Effective College Applications – Tips & Tools
Cristina Fernandez, Senior Director, Programs, Tiger Woods Foundation, Anaheim, CA

Broad access to selective colleges for high-achieving, low-income, underrepresented students remains a challenge. This session provides tools to assist anyone who plays a role in helping high school students with the college application process – personal statements, interviews, college lists, etc. Learn strategies for empowering students to take advantage of competitive postsecondary opportunities. And help them determine the right match for their academic background and college aspirations.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Help! My Students Know More About Technology Than Me - How Do I Catch Up?
Jon Moffat, Owner, Cyber Education Consulting, Oceanside, CA

Once only known as the information super highway, the World Wide Web has morphed into a whole new way to communicate and educate. Our workshop mixes real-life Internet experience with virtual “street smarts” in order to guide participants to a better understanding of the latest tech trends.


Strand: Staff Leadership

 How to Motivate, Inform & Inspire Your Team through Storytelling
Aaren McKinney, Client Associate/Performance Consultant, Dale Carnegie, San Diego, CA

Whether you are an emerging leader or an experienced executive, storytelling is an essential communications tool to inspire and motivate your listeners. Professionals that master the art of storytelling can leave a lasting impression on their audience, influence others and engage their colleagues. With today’s technology the amount of time that you have to capture the attention of your audience is dwindling. As soon as you utter your first word the countdown begins. Individuals who use a compelling story are the ones that win over and engage their audiences. Stories are effectively used to present new ideas, to deliver technical information, to communicate company policies, to motivate employees and so much more. Learn how you can leverage the power of storytelling to attract and hold attention while delivering key messages and takeaways that will prompt action. 

PK, E, M, H, HE, ULA, MLA, DS, CB 
Strand: Master Class

 Landscaping with Indicators: Looking and Listening for SEL Indicators
Regino Chavez, Director of Evaluation, LA’s Best, Los Angeles, CA

Let us support your skill development in spotting important indicators as activities evolve in the moment. Gain experience in defining indicators by constructing qualitative items that identify the characteristics or properties of a phenomenon. We will select socioemotional learning indicators and practice looking and listening for them in video clips of actual afterschool activities. As part of the experience, participants will also gain some practice in data reduction and analysis.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 LANGUAGE LAB: The Future of Schools- Part 1
Mark Gonzales, Director of Design Thinking, Amplifier Foundation, Seattle, WA; Mike de la Rocha, Founder/CEO, Revolve Impact, Los Angeles, CA

Two months ago, the Amplifier Foundation held language labs across this nation to crowdsource what communities were feeling in the lead up to a new administration having the power of Executive Orders. These labs sourced 1500 responses which were curated into short phrases seen on 100,000+ OBEY Images seen across the country: We The People Defend Dignity, Protect Each Other, and Are Greater Than Fear. Amplifier Foundation is partnering with BOOST and you in a new Language Lab, one that names the fears and hopes so many hold concerning the future of schooling/public education in America. It will be co-facilitated by Revolve Impact, the social impact agency behind the largest positive policy changes in American history in the last 50 years (Proposition 47, #SchoolsNotPrisons). In our workshop together, we will share stories, deep dive into core questions, and nurturing relationships that span content, regions, and identities. Our only ask of you is to be vulnerable, speak honestly, and dream boldly.
Strand: Staff Leadership

 Promoting Success in School, Work, and Life!
Stacey Daraio, Co-Director, Temescal Associates, Oakland, CA

This session will introduce participants to social-emotional and character skills and their relationship to the California Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs. Participants will be able to articulate what social-emotional and character skills look like in youth and the California Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs that contribute to the skill development in youth. 

In this training participants will strengthen understanding of social-emotional and character skills that out-of-school time and expanded learning programs support; articulate what social-emotional and character skills look like in youth; and identify the connection between quality standards and social-emotional and character skills.
E, M, H, DS
Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 Racial Bias and Leadership: The Role of School Leaders in After School Programs
Moderator & Speaker: Steve Gering, Consultant, Gering Consulting, Kansas City, MO

Panel members: Marcus Wilhite, School Director, Equitas Academy, Los Angeles, CA; Lisa Utterback, Executive Director of School Support, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE; Aleah Rosario, Director of Capacity Building Programs, California School-Age Consortium, Berkeley, CA

Examples of racial bias are in the headlines and generating conversation in across our country.  While many of the examples are centered on bias within law enforcement, bias exists across all sectors of our nation including schools and the outside of school programs that support our children.  As educational leaders, we have the moral responsibility to understand our own biases, the biases of the people we lead, and the bias within our educational institutions including the schools and districts we are responsible for leading. We will never have breakthrough results for all children of color until this is addressed.  This session will engage participants in a discussion around race, school leadership, and the impact on afterschool programming through the use of real anecdotes from colleagues across the country who are challenged by the complexities of this issue.  Participants will work together to generate strategies that will support school leaders as they work to take action to address the dilemmas they face around racial bias.
E, M, H, ULA

Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

Moderator: Erin Browder, School Climate Specialist and Teaching and Learning Consultant, Erin Browder, LLC, Redondo Beach, CA

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.

Strand: Film Festival

 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

 Simple Resources to Energize Staff, Children, and Families Through Nature

Kelly Schaeffer, Education Specialist, BirdSleuth K-12, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY; Daniel Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, DC

Afterschool programs are essential to helping kids and families stay active and healthy, from providing nutritious foods to inspiring a life-long love of the outdoors. Kids who learn and play outdoors have lower stress levels and have greater respect for themselves, others and the environment. This interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to connect staff, children and families with nature in fun physically active ways, while teaching healthy eating and reinforcing STEM skills. You’ll leave prepared to make your next trip outside an unforgettable experience of fun and learning.

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 STEAM- Is it Just Hot Air?
Shawn Petty, Training Manager, Westat, Borne, TX

Have you heard the argument that the Arts must be integrated into STEM but don’t know what that means or where to start? Have no fear as this workshop will share tangible, hands-on activities that inspire design & creativity blended with the scientific method. Join our presenter, as she conducts experiments for each acronym of STEM with an Arts twist! Decide for yourself if STEAM is just hot air or the next step in innovation.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Super Tools: Behavior Management for Super Afterschool Programs
Chelsea Ashcraft, CEO; Mike Ashcraft, Founder and CEO, Children’s Choice, Albuquerque, NM

Would you like some powerful and practical brain-based discipline tools to help you get the kind of behaviors that make you love working with kids? Learn tricks for preventing undesirable behavior and techniques to use once misbehavior has occurred. Learn many tools that are guaranteed to make guidance and building self-discipline easier and make working with school-age kids more enjoyable!

Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 Teaching STEM through Sports
Nick Telford, Co-Owner, Coast 2 Coast Coaching, Laguna Niguel, CA 

This workshop will provide you with tips on how to design and implement a STEM and sports component for your after school program/s. We will provide you with a web portal of concise resources you can use post workshop. Our STEM & Sports curriculum is designed by Professor Ricardo Valerdi. Ricardo is a Harvard Graduate who designed STEM programs for LA Galaxy and 5 MLB teams.


Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality 



 ACES: Transforming the Way a Campus Community Hears the Final Bell
Dr. Donald Lancia, Founder and Coordinator, ACES After School Program, Mission Bay High School, San Diego, CA; Brad Lupien, CEO and President ARC, Torrance, CA

30,000 students have worked at the ACES after school program in just over three years, transforming the way a campus hears the final bell. This workshop explores 1) program design via the suits of cards namely Hearts (focusing on the whole child) Clubs (building community) Diamonds (providing balanced academic support) and Spades (digging deeper with tutoring and resources); 2) program development through support from arc, 21st century, and universities; and 3) program services into the future.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 A Taste of the Actor’s Gang- Prison Project
Sabra Williams, Director of Engagement & The Prison Project, The Actor’s Gang, Culver City, CA

 Learn how to utilize the power of the Arts to effect transformative relationships. The Actors' Gang is a theatre company founded by Oscar-winning Actor/Director Tim Robbins. Join actress Sabra Williams, the creator of the internationally renowned Prison Project, and be introduced to the phenomenon that has developed programs in ten California prisons, a highly successful Reentry program and a Juvenile program as well as a program for Officers.

Strand: Partnerships & Building Relationships

Current Technology and its Influence on Adolescent Development
Andre Ike, Program Specialist, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA 

The current presentation will review concepts of adolescent development and how it is affected by current technology. Adolescent of this generation have grown up in a world connected by technology. Over the past hundred years, psychologists have studied individual development through the prism of adolescent from isolated areas. With the invention of the Internet adolescents are now being influenced by cultures and people from around the globe. Using the cognitive theories of Piaget and social development theories of Elkind, Alberts, and Ginsberg, this presentation will examine the impact social media has on adolescent development. In addition, this presentation will review ways to help support adolescent development by using the positive aspects of social media and adult interventions.

Strand: Older Youth

 The Future of After School & Summer - Funder Panel
Moderators: Terry K. Peterson, PhD, Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; Steve Fowler, Partner, Fowler Hoffman, Richmond, CA

Panelists: Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Officer, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA; Kari Pardoe, Associate Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI; Rebecca Goldberg, Program Officer, Education, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Join us for a BOOST Panel session featuring representatives of long-time funders who generously support our out-of-school time community through philanthropic efforts. We will hear from the panelists on what they see as the future of this field based on their recent work. This interactive session would also serve as an important culminating event, following other panels taking place earlier at the conference.  It will foster a critical discussion that will determine the success of the important issues discussed at the previous panels, including sessions on global learning, social and emotional learning, race and school leadership, and the future of OST learning following the recent elections.  
Strand: BOOST Panel Session; Sustainability; Program Design, Development & Quality

 I Belong
Stacey Daraio, Co-Director, Temescal Associates, Oakland, CA 

In this session, participants will learn about how culturally grounded beliefs and background affect our practice with youth, how to help raise our awareness of those factors, and share current strategies and resources to support the development young people’s social-awareness and interpersonal skills. 

In this training participants will understand how culturally grounded beliefs and background affect our practice with youth;learn one tool to help raise our own personal awareness of factors affecting our practice with youth; and share current strategies and resources to support I Belong skill building with youth.
E, M, H, MLA, DS
Strand: Expanded Learning 360°/365- SEL & Character Building

 LANGUAGE LAB: The Future of Schools- Part 2
Mark Gonzales, Director of Design Thinking, Amplifier Foundation, Seattle, WA; Mike de la Rocha, Founder/CEO, Revolve Impact, Los Angeles, CA

Two months ago, the Amplifier Foundation held language labs across this nation to crowdsource what communities were feeling in the lead up to a new administration having the power of Executive Orders. These labs sourced 1500 responses which were curated into short phrases seen on 100,000+ OBEY Images seen across the country: We The People Defend Dignity, Protect Each Other, and Are Greater Than Fear. Amplifier Foundation is partnering with BOOST and you in a new Language Lab, one that names the fears and hopes so many hold concerning the future of schooling/public education in America. It will be co-facilitated by Revolve Impact, the social impact agency behind the largest positive policy changes in American history in the last 50 years (Proposition 47, #SchoolsNotPrisons). In our workshop together, we will share stories, deep dive into core questions, and nurturing relationships that span content, regions, and identities. Our only ask of you is to be vulnerable, speak honestly, and dream boldly.
Strand: Staff Leadership

 Leading with Head and Heart
Anthony Luna, Director of School Sites & CalSAC Trainer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor & CalSAC, Los Angeles, CA; Donna Frey, Anaheim Achieves Program Director, Anaheim Family YMCA, Anaheim, CA

Those in leadership positions have a responsibility to both lead and manage. By taking time to understand the differences between leadership and management, we can take steps to cultivate both. Join us to explore how leaders in out-of-school time programs create safe, supportive environments for staff and young people by modeling self-awareness, interpersonal skills, growth mindset and social awareness in how we lead and manage. By aligning one’s deep inner values and beliefs with action – activating the head and heart – managers, directors and site coordinators can apply a type of leadership that inspires, achieves, and instills emotionally intelligent ways of being.
E, M, H, ULA, MLA 
Strand: CalSAC Workshop Strand; Staff Leadership

 Nutritional Empowerment: Integrating the Mind, Body & Spirit to Elevate Student Performance
Jeffrey Jordan, Founder, Chief Transformation Officer, Nourished Life Design, Manalapan, NJ

The purpose of this workshop is to enable the learner/teacher to learn and implement practical, effective, and easy to integrate hands-on activities during expanded learning, out-of-school time, and in summer learning programs. The attendee will gain new knowledge on how to implement a Mind-Body-Spirit approach to holistic youth development including team building, yoga, and healthy food choices. This approach is universal in nature and applies to all student demographics and economic indicators.
E, M, H, MLA, DS
Strand: Program Design, Development & Quality

 The Student Body
Daniel W. Hatcher, Director of Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington DC

In an effort to address the obesity epidemic, notification letters are being sent to students whose body mass do not fall within a narrow range deemed “acceptable” by the government; essentially telling children, even as young as kindergarteners, that they are fat.  When a determined sixth-grader in Ohio voices her protest against the ‘fat letters’, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government.

The Student Body is a true underdog story about two brave girls who take a stand against bullying and government hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths behind the childhood obesity debate. 


 E, M, H, ULA, MLA, DS, CB
Strand: Film Festival 

 Write with Light: Science and Photography through Arts Integration
Hilary Morefield, Media Educator, Outside the Lens, San Diego, CA

Instill curiosity and transform your student’s learning through science and photography! In this session see how physical science and photos collide in a lesson exploring light energy, engineering, cameras, and contrast. Explore arts integration in action from standards-based planning to hands-on implementation in classrooms for all ages, abilities, and camera access. Educators leave with a deeper knowledge of arts integration practice and their very own piece of light writing.
Strand: Program Design, Development, and Quality

 The World is Hungry for Your Greatness
Dr. Gale Gorke, Executive Director, Kids Kan Inc., Calimesa, CA 

In his book, The Element, Sir Ken Robinson states that the world is hungry for us to be great.  He proposes that in order for this to happen, we must be in the "element" and recognize the conditions that help us to meld our talents with our passions.  Are you ready to see yourself as a leader that not only knows how to be your best self but also capable of helping others find their best selves?
PK, E, M, MLA, DS 

Strand: Staff Leadership 

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


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