Author: BOOST Collaborative

My Moments at BOOST that Left Me Wanting More

We recently asked our BOOST Leadership and Blogging Teams to share their favorite memory and why they volunteer to be a team member of the BOOST Conference. Perhaps you will be a volunteer, Ambassador or Breakfast Club Blogger for BOOST in 2018. Enjoy! Definitely the very first time I attended the BOOST Conference. The energy was through the roof and everyone was so eager to work together. I’ve be...

Jesse Williams Keynotes at 2017 BOOST Conference

Introducing Jesse Williams A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams began his professional career teaching high school in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there he moved to New York City and, after working at a law firm, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre under the direction of award-winning play...

Barbara Boxer Keynotes at BOOST Conference 2017

It was with great pleasure that we hosted BOOST Conference Keynote Speaker, Former Senator Barbara Boxer in 2017! BOOST Collaborative and Afterschool Alliance were privileged to honor Senator Barbara Boxer at the 2017 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA. Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance, presented Boxer with an OSTI (Out of-School Time Innovations) Award on Wednesday, April 19...

Do you love afterschool? Proclaim it loudly!

In partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, we hope you’ll pass this along to parents and friends to help raise awareness for afterschool programs by writing a short letter to your local newspaper.  This is a repost from the Afterschool Snack blog. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the BOOST office! “This year, my Valentine is to a program that makes all the difference fo...

Global Place-Based Learning Through the National Park Service

Asia Society and BOOST Collaborative are partnering to create a series of blogs on global learning in out-of-school time. This blog entry was originally published on EdWeek’s Global Learning Blog. This piece is written by Linda Rosenblum, Education Program Manager and Servicewide Teacher Ranger Teacher Coordinator, National Park Service. National Park Service (NPS) parks and historic sites p...

Researcher and Practitioner Dialogue with Carol McElvain, J.D. and Michael Funk

The third issue of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) has arrived! This spring issue launched at the 2016 BOOST conference and features a conversation about quality programming in afterschool, an article on the role that social emotional learning can play to close the achievement and learning gaps, and an article focusing on the links between professional development and quality...

Filling in the Gaps: How Developmental Theory Supports Social Emotional Learning in Afterschool Programs

This spring issue  of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) launched at the 2016 BOOST conference and features a conversation about quality programming in afterschool, an article on the role that social emotional learning can play to close the achievement and learning gaps, and an article focusing on the links between professional development and quality STEM learning experiences. ...

How Education Impacts My Global Mission: A Student Perspective

Asia Society and BOOST Collaborative are partnering to create a series of blogs on global learning in out-of-school time. This blog entry was originally published on EdWeek’s Global Learning Blog. This piece is written by Muslima Niyozmamadova, a high school student at Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa in Kenya. Global citizenship means an awareness of the issues in my community as well as those fac...

#GirlsAre Campaign for Strong, Active Women

BOOST Collaborative is partnering with the Alliance with a Healthier Generation to share the #‎GirlsAre campaign that inspires a new generation of strong, active women. Here are some ways you can get involved: • Visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s website, take a quiz, and learn more. • Read Jillian Michael’s blog and hear her story of #GirlsAre Powerful. • Watch the videos...

5 Ways To Prepare For Your Summer Program

If you are an educator responsible for providing a high quality summer program for children and youth in your community, you are probably busy right now with planning for summer. It is easy to fall into the routine of this busy time and you want to make sure you finish the school year strong. Take just a moment to consider some of the proactive things you can do to take your summer program to the ...

BOOST Conference Debrief Guide: 10 Action Strategies

You may have a book of notes, business cards, ideas, and inspiration you brought back from the BOOST Conference. Let’s be honest – we jump right back into our routines and there are many times we put what we brought home aside and tell ourselves that we will get to it later. What if you carved out time to connect with people you met, had a team gathering to debrief what you learned, and revi...