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Dear BOOSTers,

We can’t wait to see you in sunny Palm Springs! Please note the new hotel room block listed below at the Triada- this is our last room block and it will sell out any day now. 
The deadline to register to attend the BOOST Conference is THIS Friday, April 10.
Have a question? Please give us a call 619-23-BOOST (619-2321-6678)
See you in a few weeks.

Thank you for all that you do to support the children, youth, families, and communities that you serve.
Together we make a difference.

Tia Quinn, Founder/CEO
BOOST Collaborative

 Workshop Strands

Kids Included Together Workshop Strand
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Building Your Behavior Tool-KIT: Positive Proactive and Powerful
This strand will focus on best practices for managing your classroom and showcase tools to help front line staff, administrators and managers build inclusive environments where all children can succeed.

American Institutes for Research Workshop Strand

Building Quality Beyond the Bell
Whether you are building a new afterschool and expanded learning program or improving a current one, having the right tools is key. Our work is centered around the idea of continuous quality improvement. Program staff develop programs using sound processes, implement those programs by employing quality practices, evaluate the implementation of the program, and use the data to continually improve the program.

California School-Age Consortium Workshop Strand

The Cutting Edge- Training, Leadership, eLearning and Digital Badges
The California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) is proud to bring you an insight into newest training, leadership development, eLearning and digital badge resources available this year!

Read more details about these workshops strands here

Simon Sinek: 2nd Most Watched TED Talk of All Time

Thursday, April 30 12:30pm-1:30pm

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t...
(read more)


Plan Your BOOST Conference Schedule

2015 Workshops are now listed on the website alphabetically by time and date. Do not miss exceptional presentations from the following organizations from across the nation:
  • A Reason to Survive (ARTS)
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Asanas for Autism and Special Needs
  • California Department of Education, After School Division
  • California School-Age Consortium
  • Coast Music Therapy San Pasqual
  • The Habit Factor
  • Kids Included Together
  • Kids Kan Inc.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • University of California - San Diego
  • MeritCore
  • Mindfulness + Magic
...and more! See the full workshop list here.

Book your room for the 2015 BOOST Conference today!
April 28 - May 1, 2015

Please note that these hotels sell out quickly. We encourage you to book your hotel rooms early to ensure you stay in your preferred location. If you have any issues booking your hotel rooms, please call us for support 619-23-BOOST (619-232-6678)

The Saguaro
Click here to make your reservation at The Saguaro for the 2015 BOOST Conference.
(Sold Out on Thursday. Availability Monday-Wednesday)

Conference rate: $139*
*This rate is good for three days prior and three days after the conference.

Triada Palm Springs
Reservations- Call 760.844.7000 and say you are with the BOOST Conference

Conference rate: $139*
*This rate is good for three days after the conference. Stay and play!

Tour de BOOST Walk/Run Scavenger Hunt

THURSDAY, April 30

6:45am  8:30am

Join fellow BOOSTers on a #TourdeBOOST walk/run scavenger hunt around Palm Springs. This 3-mile scavenger hunt through scenic Palm Springs will lead you to some of Hollywood’s most famous stars’ Palm Spring getaways. Come enjoy a beautiful Palm Springs morning, get some exercise, and best of all, connect with other BOOSTers as you figure out which Hollywood stars’ homes you are going to visit!

To participate, you must pre-register for this event. To do so, please access your online registration account
 here and update your cart. To register on-site at the conference, please visit the BOOST Booth (#101 & #105) in the Exhibit hall. Registration will be $20 and all proceeds will benefit a charity, to be announced shortly.

Morning Recess


Get up! Wake up! Rejuvenate! Bring your friends (and meet new friends) at the Morning Recess session. Maximize your morning and set the tone for the day.

Start the day with a gentle morning yoga practice. Participants will be led through a 1-hour yoga session with a focus on releasing stress and tension in the mind and body. This class is appropriate for all levels. Please wear comfortable athletic attire to the class and bring a yoga mat.

OSTI Award: Gary Moody

Gary Moody is an educator, motivational speaker, staff trainer, artist, musician and writer. His expertise in curriculum, programming and youth development comes from more than 35 years of teaching, coaching and working as a principal and county administrator throughout numerous California Public Schools...(read more)

Opening Reception & Hat Contest


BOOST is continuing our creative and fun tradition at our Annual Opening Reception so get ready to celebrate in style. Show up at the opening poolside reception on Tuesday evening and show off. Don’t forget to bring a hat! Glamorous headpieces, outrageous-themed head wear, fancy floral arrangements, sports-themed caps or boast your company/agency flair! 

Be entered into one of 3 different Hat Contest categories: Most Glamorous, Best Theme, and Most Creative.

80's Homecoming Party


Join the Homecoming celebration welcoming back former BOOST attendees as well as newcomers. Homecoming King & Queen will be awarded for the best 80's style dress- like totally. DJ, dancing and food and drink specials will be available.

Film Festival



I Learn America

One high school, one school year, five new Americans. At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years...(read more)

1 Way Up

1 Way Up is the story of Quillan Isidore and Tre Whyte, two teen boys on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have—a bike.

Beginning with the End

Beginning With the End takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers in a story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening.



Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V explores the unique nature of how each of us learn. Join Hubbell, dyslexic superstars, world-renowned brain scientists and researchers, students, and advocates as they join a movement to revolutionize education...(read more)


SlingShot focuses on Segway inventor Dean Kamen, his fascinating life and his work to solve the world’s water crisis...(read more)


Ivory Tower

A documentary that questions the cost—and value—of higher education in the United States.

Visit the Exhibit Hall

Make connections with exhibitors sharing the newest resources, products and services to enhance your programs. 

Meet the 2015 BOOST Conference Exhibitors:
  • ABDO
  • After School Depot
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Apperson
  • Arimaw Productions
  • Audiojack
  • AWE
  • Blick Art Materials
  • BOOST Collaborative
  • Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
  • CA Destination Imagination
  • California School-Age Consortium
  • Camp Invention
  • Center for the Collaborative Classroom
  • ChildCare Careers
  • Cityspan Technologies, Inc.
  • Classroom Field Trips
  • Clever Crazes for Kids
  • Controltec, Inc.
  • Coast 2 Coast Soccer & STEM
  • Council on Accreditation
  • Crane Consulting
  • CyberPatriot
  • Discount School Supply
  • Disney Youth Programs
  • Drum Cafe West
  • Every Monday Matters
  • EZCare Solutions Childcare Management Software
  • The First Tee
  • The FruitGuys
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Green Hippo
  • High 5 Adventure Learning Center
  • Judo Math
  • Junior Botball Challenge
  • Kaplan Elementary
  • Kids Included Together (KIT)
  • Kinderlime
  • Lakeshore Learning Materials
  • Learning Upgrade LLC
  • Learning Wrap-ups, Inc.
  • LTS Education Systems - Stride Academy
  • MANGO Math Group
  • The Master Teacher
  • MindWorks Afterschool
  • Nasco
  • Oases
  • Online Toolbox
  • Pacific IP
  • Peaceful Playgrounds
  • Playbooks Reader's Theater
  • ScholarShare
  • Science of Juggling
  • Shifting Norms
  • Skillastics
  • Smart & Final
  • Spikeball, Inc.
  • STAR Education
  • Startup Smartup
  • STEMfinity
  • Teacher Created Materials
  • ThomasKelly Software Associates
  • TOMS
  • Trash for Teaching
  • United States Tennis Association
  • Whizz Education, Inc.
  • Xtreme Math Games
  • Youth Today
  • Zula International

Register Today- Deadline to Register is April 10th

Standard Registration: $450

Register to attend the 2015 BOOST Conference here.

Standard Registration
November 1, 2014 - April 10, 2015 - $450 per person

(Please note that registering with a Purchase Order will hold your place, but PAYMENT MUST BE MADE IN FULL by May 1, 2015 to secure the Standard Registration Rate. If payment is not received by May 1, 2015, On-Site Registration fees will apply.)

On-Site Registration
April 28 - May 1, 2015 - $575 per person
On-site registration will be available for walk-in participants from April 28 - May 1, 2015 in the lobby of the Palm Springs Convention Center.

BOOSTer Pass: Only $69.99

Give your conference registration a POWER BOOST!

Your pass includes all of the following:

• BOOST Swag Bundle with a BOOST t-shirt, BOOST highlighter, & BOOST tattoo
• Free Group Photo of you and your staff
• Entry into an exclusive Raffle Prize Drawing PLUS an extra raffle ticket for the Closing Ceremony on Friday
• Fast Check-In at registration in the VIP line
• Exclusive coupons from Palm Springs merchants & BOOST Collaborative to use at our Exhibit booth
• Reserved VIP seating at all General Sessions & Film Festival
• Access to the VIP line for Meet the Authors inside the Exhibit Hall

To purchase a BOOSTer pass, log back into your account or add-on while registering if you haven't registered already.

9 College Credits Only $395

Are you in college and need extra units?

It’s simple, here’s how….

• Attend six BOOST Conference Workshops 
• Complete independent follow-up work
• Earn nine units through University of California, Irvine (UCI) Extension


Meet the Authors

SuzieBossPhoto Bringing Innovation to School Reinventing Project-Based Learning

Suzie Boss
Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World
Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
Room Pueblo A/B

thomascrane The Heart of Coaching
Thomas Crane

The Heart of Coaching 
Booth #329

Ariana Espiritu One Thousand Stories About the Patchwork Blanket-1

Ariana Espiritu
One Thousand Stories About the Patchwork Blanket
Booth #619

Matt Farber photo Gamify Your Classroom
Matthew Farber

Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning 
BOOST Collaborative Booth #0101 & #0105

Martin Grunburghabitfactor
Martin Grunburg

The Habit Factor

BOOST Collaborative Booth #0101 & #0105 

Carolyn Hudman Finding Funding for Youth Programs What Wealthy Women Know
Carolyn Hudman

Finding Funding for Youth Programs: Fund-Raising and Friend-Raising Secrets that Are Right Under Your Nose
What Wealthy Women Know: The Unspoken Rule and Everyday Investments of the Upper Class

Booth #502

Justin McGlamery Focus Your Locus
Justin McGlamery
Focus Your Locus
Booth #510  

Chris Ortiz UBUNTU Activity Guide
Chris Ortiz
UBUNTU Activity Guide
Booth #510 

Jennifer Powers and Mark TuckerOh shift for TeensOh shift
Jennifer Powers and Mark Tucker

Oh, shift!  
Oh, shift! for Teens

Booth #205

Simon-Sinek-Headshot-1 Leaders Eat Last Start with Why
Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action  
BOOST Collaborative Booth #0101 & #0105

Shawnee Thornton Hardy Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

Shawnee Thornton Hardy 
Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

BOOST Collaborative Booth #0101 & #0105 

Access the Meet the Authors schedule here.

Camp Inspire

Camp Inspire sessions are an intimate way to bring a group of participants together for an in-depth conversation to share perspectives about specific area(s) of interest or specific ideas. Camp Inspire sessions are 45 minutes and set in the grand entrance of the Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby amongst the beautiful landscape of Palm Springs. Each session will have four (4) round tables (capacity for 32 attendees).

For information on Camp Inspire, click here

We have ONE Camp Inspire Workshop Session left!

2015 Inspiration Stations

Inspiration Stations are 45 minute
mini-workshops that provide an informal way to bring a group of participants together for in-depth conversations and to share perspectives on specific topics.

For more information, click here.

Dive-In Movie

Thursday, April 30

Gather poolside in a chaise lounge or on a raft in the pool and watch a movie on the big screen! Drink and appetizer specials will be available. First 50 people receive 3D glasses. Rafts will be available for purchase at the BOOST Gear Shop. 

5 Ways to Educate Your Team on Simon Sinek

Click the image above to access the downloadable PDF.

Master Classes Only $30

To purchase a Master Class, sign into your account here.

Wednesday, April 29

10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Roberto Rivera
Hip-Hop(e): The Art and Science of Engaging Youth with Social and Emotional Learning Using Hip-Hop Culture
Roberto Rivera, President, The Good Life Alliance, Chicago, IL

Social and emotional learning is a powerful framework that is activating funders, education leaders, and after school professionals. However, up until now, little has been documented on how to effectively engage and empower urban adolescents in ways that cultivate their competencies. In this workshop, Roberto shares both research and practical examples that combine social and emotional learning with hip-hop based education...(read more)

Presenter: Matthew Farber
Matt Farber photo

Inside the "Magic Circle" of Gamification and Game-Based Learning
Matthew Farber, Teacher, Valleyview Middle School, Branchburg, NJ   

Games can be used to teach 21st Century competencies—such as design thinking, systems thinking, and collaborative problem solving—all while being fun. Matthew Farber, educator and author of “Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning,” will review how games can be used to engage and teach students...(read more).

Thursday, April 30

10:30am - 12:15pm
Presenter: Suzie Boss

PBL in Out-of-School Time: Strategies for Deeper Engagement, Authentic Learning
Suzie Boss, Education Writer and Consultant, Edutopia and Buck Institute for Education National Faculty

Across a wide range of settings—from after-school clubs and youth groups to summer enrichment programs—project-based learning (PBL) is gaining traction as a strategy to enable children and teens to explore interests, build positive relationships, engage in authentic problem solving, and find new opportunities to succeed academically...(read more)

2:45pm - 4:45 pm
Presenter: Erin Sharaf

Erin Sharaf Photo

Using Mindfulness to Transform Self and Students
Erin Sharaf, Educator, Mindfulness Instructor, Mindfulness + Magic, Saunderstown, RI 

Mindfulness offers students and educators a way to increase creativity and resilience while reducing stress. It can enhance concentration and emotional regulation and promote positive emotions. With regular practice, this inner-exploration can have dramatic results...(read more)

Youth Entertainment

The LMS L.E.A.P. Rock Band, aka The 13th Floor 
The Lennox Enrichment After-School Program serves approximately 1,500 students in grades K-8th. L.E.A.P. is a Lennox School District operated program in Lennox, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County south east of LAX. The rock band at Lennox Middle School started with a simple plan: to provide a venue where students could express themselves through music... (
read more).

Opening & General Session


8:45am – 9:45am

From banks (Bank of America, Wells Fargo) to oil (BP, Shell Oil); from media (CNN, Disney) to technology (Google, Intel, Microsoft), from Social to Education (LEAP, BOOST, CADA), Natalie and her team create novel and memorable programs for her clients that break down the barriers of rank, geography and culture.  Drum Cafe West uses the universal language of drumming to very quickly remind everyone why they work where they work and how powerful they are in their unique roles... (
read more).

BOOST Live Networking Reception


Whether you are relaxing after a long day or ready for a night out, take time to connect with your team and meet new colleagues at our poolside networking reception.

Veronica May is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, guitar/piano/drum instructor and performer in the band "The Lovebirds." Music has been her main motivation and focus...(read more).

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