Program Design, Development & Quality
Workshops under this theme focus on the design, development, and quality of out-of-school time programs and also include research, promising practices, and continuous improvement in the following subject areas:
21st Century Learning; Academic Alignment/Curriculum Implementation; Academic Enrichment (cooperative learning, STEM/STEAM); Behavior Guidance; Blended Learning; Brain-based Learning; Bullying Prevention; Character Development/Education; Classroom Management; Coding; Common Core; Community School Models; Community Service Learning and Volunteerism; Creative Youth Development; Critical Thinking; Cultural Competency/Diversity/Equity; EdTech; Educational Enrichment (art, music, etc.); Design Thinking; Education Trends; English Language Learning; Family Engagement; Family Support Services; Faith-based Programming; Field Trips; Financial Literacy; Flipped Classroom; Fundraising; Game-based Learning; Global Learning; Growth Mindset; Health/Safety/Nutrition; Healthy Behaviors; Homework Assistance; Inclusion/Special Needs; Inquiry-based Learning; Internet Safety and Education; Lesson Planning; Maker Education; Media Literacy; Mental Health; Mentoring; Mindfulness; Multiple Intelligences; Physical Activity and Recreation; Prevention (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs); Prevention (gang and violence); Project-Based Learning; Resilience and Grit; Restorative Justice; School Climate; Social and Emotional Learning; Special Education; Student Leadership; Student Voice; Student Wellness; Summer Programming; Technology Integration
Workshops under this theme focus on staff development and leadership and also include research, promising practices, and continuous improvement in the following subject areas:
Building Partnerships; Capacity Building; Career Pathways; Coaching and Supervision; Communication: EdTech; Education Rights & Reform; Emergency Plan Development; Evaluation Tools; Goal Setting; Group Facilitation; Higher Education; Human Resources; Internet Safety and Education; Leadership; Mindfulness; Organizational Practices; Professionalism; Professional Development; Recruitment & Retention; Risk Management; Staff Development Models; Stress Management; Staff Motivation; Supporting Staff; Team Building; Time Management; Train the Trainers (TOT)
Partnerships & Building Relationships
Workshops under this theme focus on the implementation of effective strategies for creating and enhancing partnerships and also include research, promising practices, and continuous improvement in the following subject areas:
Collaboration and strategies for partnering with youth, families, school districts, communities, community-based organizations, community schools, local businesses, corporations, local government, and PTA's.
Workshops under this theme focus on promoting long-term success for out-of-school time programs and support agencies and also include research, promising practices, and continuous improvement in the following subject areas:
Advocacy; Assessment; Board Development; Communications; Educational Administration; Evaluation; Fund Development; Fundraising; Grant Writing; Marketing and Public Relations; Non Profit Management and Operations; Program Quality; Public Policy; Staff Recruitment and Retention; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Planning; Workforce Development
Workshops under this theme focus on effective strategies for engaging middle school and high school youth in out-of-school time programs and also include research, promising practices, and continuous improvement in the following subject areas:
Career Development; Career Technical Education (CTE); Coding; College Completion; College Readiness; Credit Recovery; Dropout Prevention; E-Learning; Graduation; Internet Safety and Education; Internships/Externships; Juvenile Diversion; LGBTQIA; Life Skills/Life Coaching; Marketing; Middle to High School Transition; Participation Retention; Prevention Education; Program Models; Risk Behavior Prevention; Sex Education; Social Emotional Learning; Student Leadership; Technology/Digital Media; Teen Dating; Wellbeing; Youth Culture; Youth Development; Youth Employment
This strand is designed to highlight the lives of exceptional people from all walks of life that have experienced challenges and overcome them through hope and resiliency. Hear stories that will inspire, uplift, and motivate you to become an agent for change. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a question and answer discussion with the speaker.
The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view educational documentary films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issue relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. When available, the BOOST Film Festival strand also offers the opportunity for post-film discussion with the filmmakers or representatives from the film company.
BOOST Nation: Town Hall
BOOST Nation Town Hall meetings are informal public meetings scheduled throughout the conference with national leaders. Everyone in the out-of-school time community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, share issues and challenges, share promising practices and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials about shared subjects of interest in your community.
BOOST Master Classes are classes offered to attendees by world-class experts of a discipline in order to develop skills in fundamental concepts or stimulate thought in a specific area. BOOST Master Classes may include lecture, panels, research findings, promising practices, case studies, real-world issues, and valuable industry expertise by respected leaders in their field.