BOOST Conference Highlights

Highlights from the 2017 BOOST Conference including the conference brochure, survey, workshop evaluations, and workshop materials for download. 

2017 Conference Brochure

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2017 Conference Workshop Evaluations

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2017 Workshop Materials

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

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

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

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

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

Beyond the Dream - Langston Hughes to Kendrick Lamar
Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

Connecting the Dots: Character, SEL, and Employability Skills
Dan Gilbert, Associate, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC

Creating your Special Recipe for Staff Development
Zach Wilson, Director of Staff Development, LA’s BEST/LAUSD; Daniel Monterroso, Learning Facilitator, LA’s BEST; Jessica Rojas, Learning Facilitator, LA’s BEST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feedback and Accountability: What Your Staff are Really Begging For
Rebecca Culjat, Chief inStrategist, Think InStrategy, Vista, CA

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

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

Growing GRIT- Guts, Resilience, Insistence, and Tenacity
Mike Ashcraft, Founder and CEO, Children's Choice, Albuquerque, NM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PBIS for Expanded Learning Programs
Julie Bennett, Specialist, ASAPconnect, San Jose, CA

PBL on the Playground!
Cindy Sackett, Director of Operations & Expanded Learning, Washington Alliance for Better Schools, Shoreline, WA

Playing to Heal: A Trauma Sensitive Sports Practice
Efrain De La Peza, Senior Training Manager - Los Angeles, Up2Us Sports, Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

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

Save Afterschool!: Developing an Advocacy Strategy to Preserve our Programs
Alexis Steines, Director of Field Outreach, Afterschool Alliance, Washington D.C.

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

Seven Years of Summer
Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Berkeley, CA

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

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

Super Tools: Behavior Management for Super Afterschool Programs
Chelsea Ashcraft, CEO, Children's Choice, Albuquerque, NM

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

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

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 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; Steve Fowler, Partner, Fowler Hoffman, Richmond, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Update: The State of Afterschool Following the 2016 Elections
Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC

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


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