BOOST Nation: Town Hall


BOOST NATION: Town Hall meetings are informal public meetings scheduled throughout the conference with national leaders. Everybody 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.

Wednesday, May 2


Expanding Student Success: The State of Expanded Learning in California
Michael Funk, Director, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA; Heather Williams, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships Lead, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA

Come find out what the Expanded Learning Division has been up to 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. We will be discussing challenges, successes, and our upcoming Strategic Planning 2.0 efforts. Join Michael for an interactive discussion with time for Q&A.
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall


Shining the Light on SEL: Program to Policy
Daren Howard, Director of Technical Assistance, Partnership for Children & Youth, Oakland, CA; Stacey Daraio, Co-Director, Temescal Associates, Oakland, CA; Michael Funk, Director, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA; Fausto Lopez, Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Chicago, IL

The national conversation about social and emotional learning (SEL) continues to be vibrant and robust.  California - with innovative practices on the ground and statewide quality standards to support them – has had an active voice in this conversation.  Join us for an update on the latest SEL strategies at the program and district level.  Provide input about how the CDE Expanded Learning Division can best support grantees to strengthen SEL across the state.  And, learn about how this California work fits in with the national SEL movement. 
ULA, MLA, E, M, H 
Strand: BOOST Nation: Town Hall

Thursday, May 3


Advocacy in the Trump Administration: Cultivating Challenging Policymakers
Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance, Washington, D.C.; Angela Henry, Director, SAFE BASE, Iola, KS; Linda Barton, Director, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, Lander WY

Afterschool funding is at risk! For the second year in a row, President Trump's budget proposal eliminates funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs, along with other programs supporting out-of-school time opportunities for children and youth. Outreach to lawmakers across the political spectrum is vital to save our programs. In this session, experts will share field-tested strategies for turning challenging or unknowledgeable policymakers and staff into afterschool champions.
Strand: BOOST Nation Town Hall


Prop 64 & Marijuana Taxes: Supporting Prevention & Early Intervention for Youth
Jeff Davis, Executive Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA; Anissa Sonnenburg, Education Programs Consultant, Expanded Learning Division, California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA; Steve Fowler, Consultant, Fowler Hoffman, CA; Jessica Hay, Program Director, California AfterSchool Network, Sacramento, CA

Come find out how Californians are advocating for the use of Prop 64 Marijuana Tax Funds to support youth. We will discuss the legal requirements of Prop 64 and what has happened since the law was enacted, including current pending legislation (AB 1744) that would clarify the law so that afterschool programs are a viable prevention option and eligible for tax funds. The Town Hall will also highlight other key topics such as treatment vs. prevention, state vs local implementation, equity, youth voice, additional resources and more!


Connecting School Board Member Advocacy and OST Programs
Mike Walsh, President, California School Boards Association, California School Boards Association, Oroville, CA; Bruce Dennis, President of the California County Boards of Education, Trustee, Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA; Emma Turner, President-elect of the California School Boards Association, Trustee, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, La Mesa, CA; Amy Christianson, COO Beacon Services, Trustee, Butte County Office of Education

There are 5000 school board members across the state. Imagine the power of those same voices advocating on behalf of your programs locally, in Sacramento, or in Washington D.C. Mike Walsh is a Butte County School Board Trustee and the President of the California School Boards Association. He is also a former technical-assistance provider. Mike will welcome attendees with his compelling remarks on the ability to increase board member advocacy and knowledge of out of school time programs; understanding how to connect with CSBA’s grassroots advocacy movement on behalf of public education: and increase your ability to have a conversation about the importance of equity in a way that people actually listen to the message instead of fighting you about the message.
Strand: Town Hall; Partnerships & Building Relationships



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

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