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General Information

virtual-stamp.jpg Events and Keynotes

A detailed schedule of events, keynotes, and what to expect at the 2021 Virtual BOOST Conference. 

Note: All workshop times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).


*Please note this schedule is subject to change

TUESDAY, APRIL 27

BOOST LIVE PODCAST LOUNGE

10:00AM-2:00PM PDT

BOOST Live Podcast Lounge provides an intimate setting where attendees are a part of a live podcast audience. Podcasters will interview thought leaders, facilitate Q&A sessions, and expert panels all in front of a live audience! Be a part of the conversation, learning, and podcast community, live at BOOST.  

Click here to see the BOOST LIVE PODCAST SCHEDULE

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Exhibit Hall Demos

10:00AM-2:00PM PDT

Meet the 2021 BOOST Exhibitors in our interactive online exhibit hall. Pop in and out of virtual lounges, classrooms, rooftop bars, offices, living rooms, and more! Have fun networking while learning about the latest products and services to enhance your classroom or program. 

BOOST Conference Orientation

BOOST Conference Orientation will take place LIVE every hour.
10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM PDT
BOOST Conference Attendee Promising Practices: How to Navigate the Conference and Make the Most of Your Professional Development Experience

Are you new to BOOST? Have you attend BOOST in the past but need a refresher? Stay up-to-date on attendee promising practices during our on-site orientation to help you maximize your time and learning before the conference, during the conference, and how to stay connected post-conference. Topics covered: 

- Preparing for the conference
- How to get involved and play a leadership role at BOOST 
- Tips on Networking 
- Navigating the Exhibit Hall 
- Determining the best learning opportunities for your professional development needs 
- How to use the conference app to maximize your conference experience and much, much more! 

2021 BOOST CONFERENCE ORIENTATION for web

Pre-Conference Academies

Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Youth
HRCF Logo 2 High Resolution copyDr. Vincent Pompei, Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, D.C.

11:00AM - 3:00PM PDT (Includes materials) 

We have seen tremendous strides toward LGBTQ equality and yet current data reveal serious challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, including rejection, bullying, and a lack of support from educators. This pre-conference will cover the current state of LGBTQ youth, build cultural competency, and review best-practices and resources that make a positive difference. Participants will hear directly from a national expert on school safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, a parent of a transgender child, and a few LGBTQ students. Interactive activities, opportunities to practices new skills, and time for small group discussion will be provided. If you desire to become an emerging expert and become a stronger advocate for change, this pre-conference is for you. Read more 

Growth Heartset® - A Culture of Caring
Stu Semigran, President & Co-Founder; Bryn Drescher, Facilitator, EduCare, Van Nuys, CA

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11:00AM - 5:00PM PDT (includes materials)

It has been said, “whoever our students may be, whatever subject we teach, ultimately we teach who we are.” Enjoy learning EduCare’s 8 Skills for Heartset® Education and develop a personal "Growth Heartset”. A growth heartset becomes a way of being… a way of teaching that sparks our students’ own SEL. This highly interactive session focuses on creating communities of caring from the “inside out” with connection, empathy, and love, all based on EduCare’s field-tested ACE Program that has reached nearly 50,000 students in the U.S. and internationally. Participants learn strategies of self-awareness (mindfulness), emotional self-management (or self-care), relationship building, and empathic listening and ways for developing students. Read more.

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David Tong, Director, TRG EDU: Create, TGR Foundation, Irvine, CA

11:00AM - 5:00PM PDT (Includes materials) 

DESIGN. INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. Imagine a place where creativity and innovation are paramount. Where teachers take on the role of students, delving into hands-on STEM activities. A place where inquiry-based learning leads to real-world applications. Where like-minded educators gather to collaborate and take risks. This is STEM Studio: an immersive experience in STEM education based on a transformational educational philosophy facilitated by TGR EDU: Create. Join us in this pre-conference session to explore strategies that will enhance your curricula and prepare your students for careers in STEM. Read more 

Visit our Pre-Conference Academies page for details.

BOOST Swim Club

1:00PM - 5:00PM PDT

Not attending a Pre-conference Academy? No problem. Hang out in our virtual Swim Club and catch some good vibes and gear up for the conference. Chill out to the grooves during this pre-conference networking mixer! Sunscreen not included.  

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Pop-Up Networking Socials

5:00PM - 6:00PM PDT

Looking for plans while at the BOOST Conference? Want to meet and network with new, awesome, and like-minded BOOSTers? Join our Pop-up Networking Socials for just that purpose! Space is limited, please click the links below to register for a BOOST Pop-Up Networking Social. *Please note that you must be registered to attend the 2021 BOOST Conference with your account paid in full in order to register for Pop-Up Networking Socials.

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Creative Sustainability and Partnerships
Moderators: Andi Fletcher, Consultant, Sacramento, CA; Becky Schultz, Director of Expanded Learning, Whittier City School District, Whittier, CA

Explore ideas for sustainability, what has worked for others in the expanded learning field. Hear from fellow expanded learning colleagues on building partnerships that are a win-win for all. Click here to register for this virtual Pop-Up Networking Social on Creative Sustainability and Partnerships. 

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Funding: The Future of Afterschool and Expanded Learning
Moderator: Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., Education Consultant, Mott Foundation and Senior Fellow, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Join the conversation to discuss ideas around how to approach and use new federal stimulus monies *ESSER III over the next 30 months for summer and afterschool programming. Click here to register for this virtual Pop-Up Networking Social on Funding. 

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Gender Identity
Moderator: Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services, San Diego, CA

Join expanded learning colleagues in discussing the importance of supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families. Share ideas around promoting understanding, inclusion, and equality for our students. Click here to register for this virtual Pop-Up Networking Social on Gender Identity.

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Resilience: What Does It Mean for You, Your Colleagues, and Your Students?
Moderator: Dee Hankins, Inspirational Speaker, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Get together with fellow expanded learning colleagues to discuss challenges and possibilities around “Resiliency” and how to support students and staff in challenging situations. Click here to register for this virtual Pop-Up Networking Social on Resilience. 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

Breakfast & NETWORKING with Exhibitors

7:30AM-8:45AM PDT

Grab your coffee and come mingle with our exhibitors in our virtual Exhibit Hall. It's a great way to start your day! 

Exhibit Hall Demos

7:30AM-2:00PM 

Visit the 2021 BOOST Exhibitors in our interactive online exhibit hall. Pop in and out of virtual lounges, classrooms, rooftop bars, offices, living rooms, and more! Have fun networking while learning about the latest products and services to enhance your classroom or program! 

Conference Opening & General Session

8:45AM - 9:45AM PDT

Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer - Keynote Speaker

Hamish Brewer is an award-winning, highly sought-after elementary and secondary school principal, motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere around the world.

Click here to learn more about Hamish Brewer.

Q&A with hamish brewer

9:45AM - 10:15AM PDT

Join us for this very special live Q&A with our keynote speaker, Hamish Brewer. Do you have a relevant and thoughtful question for Hamish Brewer? Help guide and shape the community conversation. Please submit questions here by April 1st to be considered. 

Lunch & GENERAL SESSION

12:30PM - 1:30PM PDT

Mizzen by Mott: Powering Those Who Empower Kids

How can we boost learning opportunities for the 10 million youth in afterschool programs around the country? Mizzen by Mott is a new app that provides high-quality learning content for the afterschool field. Leveraging Mott Foundation relationships with organizations like NASA and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mizzen powers STEM learning, literacy, SEL, and 21st-century skills. From building rockets to exploring elements of improv, Mizzen activities will challenge, delight, and inspire awe. Developed with and for afterschool professionals, Mizzen also features Pro Tips and tools. And, through support from the Mott Foundation, it’s free to afterschool professionals. Join us to learn about Mizzen and help shape the future of afterschool! 

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BOOST Break with Exhibitors & Meet the Authors

1:30PM - 2:00PM PDT

Join your colleagues in the virtual Exhibit Hall for networking and raffles! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program.

Meet the Authors

Join our virtual Meet the Authors events and learn more about their book, participate in a live Q & A with the Author, and receive a signed book jacket at the end of the event. Click here to see the Meet the Authors Schedule. 

BOOST Live Networking Reception

4:00PM - 5:00PM PDT

Whether you're relaxing after a long day or ready for a night out, take the time to connect with your team and meet new colleagues at our VIRTUAL poolside BOOST Live Networking Reception. BYOB and pop in and out of our virtual poolside sponsored cabanas for a fun and interactive networking event! 

BOOST Homecoming Party

5:00PM - 7:00PM PDT

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Join our annual Homecoming celebration to welcome former BOOST attendees and newcomers alike! Are you ready to get your dance on?! Wear your favorite party outfit and join fellow BOOSTers and DJ Walt White spinning mega hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! 

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Homecoming Party Sponsors: STEMfinity, School of Beats, DJ Walt White


THURSDAY, APRIL 29

Exhibit Hall Demos

7:30AM-3:00PM 

Visit the 2021 BOOST Exhibitors in our interactive online exhibit hall. Pop in and out of virtual lounges, classrooms, rooftop bars, offices, living rooms, and more! Have fun networking while learning about the latest products and services to enhance your classroom or program! 

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00AM - 8:30AM PDT

Grab your coffee and come mingle with our exhibitors in the virtual Exhibit Hall. It’s a great way to start your day! 

Opening & General Session

8:45AM - 9:45AM PDT

2021 OSTI (Out-of-School Time Innovations) Awards

Please join us as we remember and honor our loving friend, leader, mentor, and colleague, Mary Jo Ginty, Los Angeles County Office of Education. 

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BOOST Break with Exhibitors

9:30PM - 10:00AM PDT

Join your colleagues in the virtual Exhibit Hall for networking and raffles! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program.

Networking Lunch & Meet the Authors

12:00PM - 1:00PM PDT

Grab your lunch and take this opportunity to mix and mingle with exhibitors and participate in our Meet the Authors series. 

Meet the Authors

Join our virtual Meet the Authors events and learn more about their book, participate in a live Q & A with the Author, and receive a signed book jacket at the end of the event. Click here to see the Meet the Authors Schedule. 

BOOST Break with Exhibitors

2:15PM - 3:00PM PDT

Join your colleagues in the virtual Exhibit Hall for networking and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Last chance to mingle with Exhibitors and opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your classroom or program. Shop 'Til You BOOST! 

GAME NIGHT

5:00PM-6:30PM PDT

Come see some familiar faces and meet new ones as we celebrate the extraordinary BOOST Community. Just like the students we all serve, we are all kids at heart and must continue finding ways to PLAY! 

Fulcrum Adventures has created an incredibly engaging and fun virtual platform and this Game Night will include all of your faves. From interactive musical Bingo to virtual Scattergories and much more, you are guaranteed to forget that you are even on Zoom. Bring your game face as there will be PRIZES off the famous Funky Fresh Prize Board, and we will see you there!

Theme: 80's and 90's - From Hair Bands, Neon everything and Nintendo to Beanie Babies, Nickelodeon, and the Macarena these 2 decades had it all. If you still have any totally RAD fashion faves put them on or grab an accessory that brings us all back to these bodacious times. There may even be a prize for best dressed. See you all there!

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Closing & Raffle

11:15AM - 12:00PM PDT

Don't miss our fun and energetic conference closing with thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes! All attendees will automatically be registered in the closing raffle upon entrance to the virtual closing for a chance to win!

Note: All conference workshops and events will take place in PDT. Please be sure to check your time zone so you are able to participate live.

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