Events and Keynotes

*Please note this schedule is subject to change


 TUESDAY, MAY 1

PRE-CONFERENCE ACADEMIES 
11:00am 
 5:00pm

Click here for more information about our Pre-Conference Academies http://www.boostconference.org/preconference 

BOOST SWIM CLUB
1:00pm  5:00pm

Not attending a Pre-conference Academy? No problem. Catch some rays, good vibes, and gear up for the conference. Dance to the grooves of our resident DJ and play water games during this pre-conference networking mixer! Sunscreen not included.  

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WELCOME RECEPTION
5:30pm 
 6:30pm

Join us for our early evening opening reception poolside. Connect with colleagues and make new friends while the sun sets against the San Jacinto mountains. A perfect way to start the conference!

hatcontest-tuesdayANNUAL 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 boost your company/agency flair! 

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

The Opening Reception is truly a day to celebrate in Palm Springs with colleagues from all over the globe.

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POP-UP DINNERS
6:30pm-9:00pm 

Looking for dinner plans while at the BOOST conference? Want to meet and network with new, awesome and like-minded BOOSTers?  Join our Pop-up Mystery Dinners for just that purpose! Space is limited. Sign up links coming soon.
*Please note that you must be registered to attend the 2018 BOOST Conference and your account paid in full in order to register for Pop-Up Dinners. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS
7:30am

Mingle with our exhibitors and enjoy a healthy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall. It's a great way to start your day!

CONFERENCE OPENING & GENERAL SESSION
8:45am – 9:45am

BOOST BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS & MEET THE AUTHORS
9:45am – 10:15am

Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for networking and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule. 

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LUNCH & GENERAL SESSION
OSTI AWARDS
12:30pm 1:30pm

2018 OSTI (Out-of-School Time Innovations) Awards

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BOOST BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS & MEET THE AUTHORS
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for snacks, networking, and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule. 

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BOOST LIVE NETWORKING RECEPTION
4:45pm  6:00pm

Whether you are 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 poolside networking reception. Light snacks and cash bar available.     

 

DUCK, DUCK, BOOST RELAY RACE 

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Oh yes, it’s a new twist on the classic Duck Race! Get your ducks in a row during the BOOST Live Reception on Wednesday evening. Cheer on our duck racers in our annual Duck, Duck, BOOST Relay Race in the pool! Who will be the lucky duck?! 
Duck, Duck, BOOST is a fundraiser for the BOOST Conference Scholarship Fund. This fund was developed in order to provide financial assistance for a lucky duck to attend next year's conference! Duck, Duck BOOST for is a 50/50 fundraiser. 50% of the collected funds go towards the scholarship fund and 50% goes to the winning ticket holder.

$5 BUCKS PER DUCK! Race starts at 6:00pm in the pool. 

HOMECOMING PARTY 
7:00pm  10:30pm

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THURSDAY, MAY 3

MORNING RECESS
6:45am  8:30am 

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.

TOUR de BOOST WALK/SCAVENGER HUNT

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Join fellow BOOSTers on a #TourdeBOOST fun walk 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! Meet in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center, East Lawn, at 6:45am to get your clues. The Tour de BOOST fun walk scavenger hunt will begin at 7:00am. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Complimentary bottled water and snacks will be provided.

To participate, you must pre-register for this event. To do so, please access your online registration account and update your cart. To register on-site at the conference, please visit the BOOST Booth (#0101 & #0105) in the Exhibit hall. Registration will be $20 and all proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit.   

All proceeds will benefit: (Nonprofit TBA)

BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS
8:00am

Mingle with our exhibitors and enjoy a healthy breakfast in the Exhibit Hall. It’s a great way to start your day!

OPENING & GENERAL SESSION
8:45am  9:45am

EVALUATION CABANA HOSTED BY AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH
9:00am  3:00pm 

American-Institutes-for-ResearchProgram evaluation and assessment of key skills can seem complicated. We want to help demystify evaluation and assessment. And we want to do it while relaxing poolside in a cabana at the BOOST Conference.

Join one of AIR's evaluation experts to answer your evaluation and assessment questions. By signing up, you will get a 40-minute timeslot on Thursday during the BOOST Conference. Let us know your specific questions when you sign up and we will be sure to have appropriate materials to share with you.

 Some example questions are:

·      - Is my program too new to evaluate? How do I know where to start?

·      - Should I use grades and test scores to evaluate my program?

·      - How many participants do I need to have data on to show an impact?

·      - Does an outside evaluator need to conduct my evaluation?

·      - How do I assess social and emotional skills?

      Don't let these questions limit you!

To sign up, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C6HD2Z and complete the form.

NETWORKING LUNCH & MEET THE AUTHORS
12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch will be served in the exhibit hall. Grab your lunch and take this opportunity to mix and mingle with exhibitors and participate in our Meet the Authors series throughout the exhibit hall. 

BOOST BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS & MEET THE AUTHORS
2:30p– 3:30pm

Join your colleagues in the Exhibit Hall for snacks, networking and lots of awesome raffle prizes! Mingle with Exhibitors and have the opportunity to learn about the latest resources, curriculum, and services to enhance your program. See your conference program for the Meet the Authors schedule. 

Enjoy an hour of exclusive promotions and discounts from selected vendors in our Exhibit Hall. Shop 'Til You BOOST! 

THINK RED INSPIRE & PAINT
6:00pm – 8:30pm  

VILLAGEFEST STREET FAIR
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Locals and tourists happily mingle at the Palm Springs Villagefest held year round every Thursday evening on Palm Canyon Drive. An open-air street fair with more than 200 booths offering live music, fresh fruit stands, artists, craftsman, unique foods, and street entertainers to charm the crowd is a must for conference-goers. Admission is free and within walking distance from all of the BOOST conference hotels!

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The Palm Springs Art Museum offers free public admission every Thursday evening from 4-8pm during downtown Villagefest! The Art Museum currently has 28 galleries, five art storage vaults, two sculpture gardens, four classrooms/resource centers, a 90-seat lecture hall, the 433-seat Annenberg Theater, a Museum Store and a Café in an architecturally significant building designed by architect E. Stewart Williams at the base of Mount San Jacinto. An adjacent Administration building contains offices and a 12,000-volume Library.

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DIVE-IN MOVIE- POOLSIDE (Free event)
8:00pm – 10:00pm 

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. Rafts and BOOST beach towels will be available for purchase at the BOOST Gear Shop in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday & Thursday only. 


FRIDAY, MAY 4

BreakFEST
7:30am 

It's a new twist on breakfast! Meet us on the East Lawn for a breakfast festival experience- food truck, music, and yoga (BYOM- bring your own mat!) Coffee and breakfast bowls will be available for purchase. This is the perfect opportunity to say your farewells before heading to the closing & raffle.

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CLOSING & RAFFLE
11:15am  12:00pm

Don't miss our fun and energetic conference closing with over $30,000 worth of raffle prizes! Get your raffle tickets at the door for a chance to win!


EXTRA CREDIT
12:00pm until..

You have attended workshops, networking events, met with exhibitors - now what? Take this opportunity to intentionally connect with your colleagues and begin your action planning and next steps. We have complimentary meeting space for you and your team to retreat and begin the process to focus on ideas and setting goals for end-of-year, summer, and upcoming school year.

 

 

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

Called a "tiny literary giant" by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, twelve-year-old Adora Svitak is the world's youngest teacher and the published author of two books. She explores new technologies and their possibilities in education through her teaching and speaking. Adora's daily video conferences with students from around the world have earned her Berrien RESA's "Best Author and Expert" award for distance learning two years in a row. Adora's books are Flying Fingers, an engaging how-to handbook on writing for teachers, parents, and kids from a student's point of view, and Dancing Fingers, a collection of poetry she co-authored with her sister Adrianna.
 
Adora teaches students every day and posts her teaching videos online for educators and students to watch and learn. She also works with school districts and schools to present to teachers on technology integration and best practices. Adora travels around the country, giving keynotes and featured speeches to share her kids' eye view of learning and teaching. Adora frequents national and international media outlets including NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN to advocate for education innovation around the world. A prolific writer on education and education technology, Adora has written for EdTech Magazine and the New Oriental Magazine (China). A prodigious blogger, Adora writes frequent posts on 21st-century learning at The Educators' Royal Treatment, a blog dedicated to education. She was nominated in 2009 for the Edublogs Student Blog Award.
 
To watch her daily teaching, please visit www.youtube.com/adorasvitak and  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adora-svitak.
 
 
For more info about Adora, please visit www.adorasvitak.com

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