Breakfast Club Blog

The BOOST Breakfast Club Blog is a curated space where bloggers from around the world contribute content on a continual basis about a variety of topics relevant to in and out-of-school time. The BOOST Breakfast Club blog is at the heart of an ongoing dialogue where expanded learning and education professionals share their personal thoughts and stories from the in and out-of-school time field. They also tell us what they ate for breakfast!

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2020 BOOST Conference Postponed – New Dates Inside

  Dear BOOST Community, After long and serious deliberation, the BOOST Team has made the difficult decision to postpone the October 2020 BOOST Conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. We simply are still not able to gather safely in large groups at this time and your safety is of utmost importance to us. Several factors went into our decision. When we were forced to postpone our April 2020 conference back in March, it seemed viable that October would be a reasonable time for our reschedu...Read More


BOOST Collaborative is proud to announce formal, strategic partnerships with two national organizations to enhance our collaborative role in supporting educators. Sanford Programs at National University- Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire Sanford Programs were established through a generous gift by renowned philanthropist and businessman, Mr. Sanford, in order to serve the global needs of the 21st century. Sanford Programs provide innovative and inspirational education programs to teachers and ...Read More

BOOST Stands in Solidarity with Black Communities

TEAMBOOST stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, families, and communities. We love you. We support you. We are here for you. Today, we are recommitting to our fight for racial justice, inclusion, and equity. Going forward, we will continue to take meaningful action toward positive change. Over the years, we’ve sought out powerful Black voices to educate, inspire, and uplift the BOOST community. We hope you’ll take some time to listen, read, and continue your anti-...Read More

2,500+ Free Online Resources for Learning

We’re in an unprecedented moment. The ways we teach, and how students learn, are shifting in ways they never have before. It’s hard to stay connected, focused, and on-plan with so much change happening daily. But, fortunately, we also have tools, technology, and community keeping us all together. TEAMBOOST has collected a wealth of free, online resources that teachers, afterschool program staff, youth workers, and families can access to keep the kids in your life learning and growing...Read More

In Memory of Our Friend and Colleague, Mary Jo Ginty

On December 29, 2019, we lost a colleague, leader, mentor, friend, and giant. And it hurts. Mary Jo Ginty made a significant impact on all of us in so many ways, personally and professionally. Her passing is a momentous loss to everyone who knew her. Her contributions to the Expanded Learning field will be one of her greatest legacies. It is fair to say she taught us so many valuable lessons along the way. As many of you know, Mary Jo was chosen as our 2020 BOOST OSTI Award winner for the trailb...Read More

The BOOST Conference: By The Field, For The Field

This year the BOOST Conference was beyond measurable and loaded with learning opportunities, networking receptions, film festivals, Town Halls, Pop-Up Dinners, Inspiration Stations, and so much more. Our small but mighty team of dedicated volunteers, the BOOST Leadership Team (BLT), worked for a year to welcome all the BOOSTers to sunny Palm Springs April 30-May 3, 2019! In this blog, we want to provide you with a quick glimpse of the magic that goes into building this wonderful and inspiring co...Read More

Meet The Author Guest Blog: Finding Pinecones | Phil Brown

We are pleased to introduce you to Phil Brown, a BOOST Conference presenters and Meet the Authors participant. You can meet Phil and buy a signed copy of his book Tinker: Building Purposeful Experiences from Classic Adventure Activities at the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA, May 1 & 2 at Booth 508 in the Exhibit Hall. Read on for more information about Phil, and enjoy his guest Breakfast Club blog below! Phil joined the High 5 team in May 2015 having previously worked in Adventure and ...Read More

Leaders Who Inspire Us: Liz Weir

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our Leaders Who Inspire Us campaign, check out today’s featured leader Liz Weir! Keep an eye out for more inspirational people in our field who are change makers. If you want to recommend someone, please send a note to [email protected] As Lecturer in Charge (LIC) of all Health, Physical Education, and Sport programs for Education Victoria, Liz provides exceptional leadership and innovative programs for students in Under Graduate (Bachelor...Read More

Join The Largest Global Convening For After School, Expanded Learning, And Out-of-School-Time Professionals

The BOOST Conference is the largest, most recognized, and comprehensive global convening for after school, expanded learning, and out-of-school time professionals. Set in a retreat-like atmosphere in Palm Springs, CA, this extraordinary annual event will rejuvenate your passion, boost your creativity for quality programming, and provide tools and resources that will inspire you to create change. We invite you to join us, and 2,500 global educators April 30-May 3, 2019 to inspire youth, inspire l...Read More

Leaders Who Inspire Us: Nathan Houston

Editor’s Note: Continuing with our Leaders Who Inspire Us campaign, check out today’s featured leader Nathan Houston! Keep an eye out for more inspirational people in our field who are change makers. If you want to recommend someone, please send a note to [email protected] Nathan is the founder of #iAmImpact, a non-profit focused on educating and inspiring educators everywhere. He provides keynotes, motivational speeches, and training for various levels of expanded lear...Read More

Leaders Who Inspire Us: Linda Barton

Editor’s Note: We hope you enjoy this new campaign, Leaders Who Inspire Us!  Today’s featured leader is Linda Barton. Linda is skilled in systems development and committed to the advancement of high-quality afterschool programs throughout the state of Wyoming. Contact: Linda Barton, Director, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, 933 Main Street, Suite 7, Lander, WY WYAA is a Statewide Afterschool Network for the state of Wyoming. I have been Director since its inception in 2007 and the founder of WYAA....Read More

Leaders Who Inspire Us: Kendrick Dial

Editor’s Note: We hope you enjoy this new campaign, Leaders Who Inspire Us!  Today’s featured leader is Kendrick Dial, a Substance Abuse Counselor, mentor for foster, homeless, and runaway youth, conflict resolution consultant/trainer, and facilitator of the Restorative Justice Mediation Program’s victim/offender dialogue conferences. He is also an adjunct at City College EOPS department and teaches a Personal Growth class. He has also cultivated his role as an artist for over 12 yea...Read More

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