Events and Keynotes

A detailed schedule of events, keynotes, and what to expect at the 2023 BOOST Conference. 


*Please note this schedule is subject to change

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

BOOST Conference Orientation

BOOST Conference Orientation will take place LIVE every hour.
9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM
Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby

BOOST Conference Attendee Promising Practices: How to Navigate the Conference and Make the Most of Your Professional Development Experience

Are you new to BOOST? Have you attend BOOST in the past but need a refresher? Stay up-to-date on attendee promising practices during our on-site orientation to help you maximize your time and learning before the conference, during the conference, and how to stay connected post-conference. Topics covered: 

- Preparing for the conference
- How to get involved and play a leadership role at BOOST 
- Tips on Networking 
- Navigating the Exhibit Hall 
- Determining the best learning opportunities for your professional development needs 
- How to use the conference app to maximize your conference experience and much, much more! 

There will be one additional conference orientation on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30AM.

BOOST CONFERENCE ORIENTATION

 

PRE-CONFERENCE ACADEMIEs

WELCOMING SCHOOLS

Welcoming Schools HRC Logo

10:00AM - 4:45PM
$150 per person (includes lunch, materials, and certificate)
ULA, MLA, DS, PK, E

Presenter: Cheryl Greene, Director, Welcoming Schools, Washington, D.C.

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender-inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklist, and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals. 

Participants will participate in two training modules throughout this Pre-Conference Academy, LGBTQ Inclusive Schools module and Gender Inclusive Schools module.

Click here to learn more about this Pre-Conference Academy.

NASEF - 8 STEPS TO GETTING YOUR ESPORTS CLUB STARTED

1:00PM-4:00PMNASEF logo
$99 per person (includes materials and certificate)
M, H, MLA, DS

Presenter: Kevin Brown, Chief Academic Officer, North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), Anaheim, CA

The “8 Steps to Getting Your Esports Club Started” is designed to illustrate the successes, challenges, and best practices in starting a Scholastic Esports community for your school, program, or community-based organization. Kevin Brown, Chief Academic Officer and Global Education Trainer for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) has experience in supporting thousands of clubs around the world in creating unique programs that intersect esports and education. What we’ll cover in this half-day session will take you from “don’t know” to “let’s go!” carefully walking through each step to success along with an exploration of the various curricula, toolkits, and resources available in the NASEF Community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices, laptop (optional)

Click here to learn more about this Pre-Conference Academy.

BOOST Swim Club

1:00PM - 5:00PM
Renaissance Hotel Pool

Not attending a Pre-conference Academy? No problem. Hang out at our Swim Club and catch some good vibes and gear up for the conference. Chill out to the grooves during this pre-conference networking mixer! Sunscreen not included.  

BOOST Swim Club logo   DJ Walt White

 

BOOST Swim Club DJ Walt White

BOOST LIVE PODCAST LOUNGE

2:00PM - 8:00PM

BOOST Live Podcast Lounge provides an intimate setting where attendees are a part of a live podcast audience. Podcasters will interview thought leaders, facilitate Q&A sessions, and expert panels all in front of a live audience! Be a part of the conversation, learning, and podcast community, live at BOOST.  

Click here to see the BOOST LIVE PODCAST SCHEDULE

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BOOST Live Podcast Lounge Juan Alvarado Raize the Bar

WELCOME RECEPTION and HAT CONTEST

5:30PM - 6:30PM
Renaissance Hotel Pool and Rocks Lounge    

The BOOST Welcome Reception is truly a day to celebrate in Palm Springs with colleagues from all over the globe. Join us for our early evening reunion and welcome 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!

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 headwear, fancy floral arrangements, sports-themed caps, or boost your company/agency flair! Be entered into 1 of 3 different Hat Contest categories: Most Glamorous, Best Theme, and Most Creative during the Welcome Reception.

Mask and Hat Contest Judging will take place between 5:30-5:50PM PDT
Mask and Hat Contest Winners will be announced at 6:00PM PDT
Must be present the entire time during judging and announcements to win.

BOOST Conference Hat Contest

LIVE DJ SET FEATURING DJ WALT WHITE 

DJ Walt White 

Escape Room Palm Springs

Sunday - Thursday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Escape Room Palm Springs

A fun and exciting team-building experience where you and your team will work together to achieve a common goal, and in doing so, bond, strengthen your relationships, and improve communication and teamwork. Each game is 60-minutes in length and includes an orientation and debriefing after each game. Who will escape first?

The Escape Room will be offering a special rate of $22 per attendee per game throughout the entire week of the BOOST Conference. *You must be registered for the conference and your account paid in full to register your team for an escape room experience and receive the BOOST Conference price of $22 per game. All games are private so book for the number of people you want to play with. You may add additional players at the door to the capacity of the room you choose. *To book an escape room experience, visit http://escapePS.com using the promo code IAMBOOST to book online. Credit card payments are preferred.

*Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room Palm Springs is located at 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B3, Palm Springs, CA 92262. BOOSTers are responsible for their own transportation.

EscapeRoomPS

  

POP-UP DINNERS

6:30PM - 9:30PM
Meet in the Renaissance Hotel Lobby

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 Dinners for just that purpose! Space is limited, please click the links below to register for a BOOST Pop-Up Dinner. *Please note that you must be registered to attend the 2023 BOOST Conference with your account paid in full in order to register for a Pop-Up Dinner.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Breakfast & NETWORKING with Exhibitors

7:30AM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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

BOOST Confernce Exhibit Hall

BOOST Conference Orientation

7:30AM
Palm Springs Convention Center Lobby

BOOST Conference Attendee Promising Practices: How to Navigate the Conference and Make the Most of Your Professional Development Experience

Are you new to BOOST? Have you attend BOOST in the past but need a refresher? Stay up-to-date on attendee promising practices during our on-site orientation to help you maximize your time and learning before the conference, during the conference, and how to stay connected post-conference. Topics covered: 

- Preparing for the conference
- How to get involved and play a leadership role at BOOST 
- Tips on Networking 
- Navigating the Exhibit Hall 
- Determining the best learning opportunities for your professional development needs 
- How to use the conference app to maximize your conference experience and much, much more! 

BOOST CONFERENCE ORIENTATION

BOOST Blood Drive

8:00AM - 1:00PM
Palm Springs Convention Center 

Join us at BOOST and donate blood this year for a worthy cause! We are partnering with LifeStream to bring their donor truck to Palm Springs with one valued mission that we support - to help save lives by connecting donors and patients through the gift of blood. 

LifeStream is a non-profit 501(c)(3) blood center founded in 1951 as the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. In 2008, the organization’s name was changed to better reflect the breadth of services offered and its expanding geographical service area. Today, LifeStream provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals and medical facilities in six counties. To fulfill patient need, LifeStream must collect 600 blood donations daily.

Sign Up: https://www.lstream.org/boost/

Blood Drive COVID-19 Guidelines: FAQ's and Information provided by LifeStream

LifeStream Blood Bank
LifeStream Blood Bank bus at the BOOST Conference 

Conference Opening & General Session

8:45AM - 9:45AM
Palm Springs Convention Center 

Keynote Address

Principal Wayman round

Principal Wayman
CEO, Principal Wayman Consulting, Founder of CurrentlyTrending, Speaker and Author, Philadelphia, PA

Principal Wayman is a passionate education advocate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. She grew up in North Philadelphia, where she experienced firsthand the injustice perpetrated against poor students in their education. She has dedicated her career to ending that injustice and helping students succeed in school and beyond.

Click here to learn more about Principal Wayman.

BOOST BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS & MEET THE AUTHORS

9:45AM - 10:15AM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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.  

BOOST Conference Meet the Authors with Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Lunch & GENERAL SESSION

12:30PM - 1:30PM
Palm Springs Convention Center 

OSTI Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

Claudine James

Claudine James (she/her/hers)
NBCT Teacher and Community Liaison, Malvern Middle School, Malvern, AR

Over her 13-year teaching career, 8th grade ELA teacher, Claudine James, has won numerous awards as well as being National Board and ESL certified. But recently her success has been on a different level. At the end of 2020, Ms. James, known on TikTok as @iamthatEnglishteacher, started png grammar lessons on TikTok in order to reach virtual students who weren’t watching her YouTube tutorials. However, her students weren’t the only ones watching her videos. She has now amassed 3.7 million followers from 84 countries and was chosen as ARKTESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher of the Year. Her grammar videos and stories motivate and inspire current/future teachers. Now her classroom expands around the world, plus she’s helping to remind other educators how much they are needed in the education profession. A blog written by College Board, “Five TikTok Famous Teachers Everyone Should Follow”, lists Ms. James as number one. In addition to being the district’s community liaison, Ms. James serves on several advisory boards, the board of directors for the local library, and is a BOOST Ambassador and the 2023 BOOST Conference OSTI Award recipient. 

Click here to learn more about our OSTI Awards.

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BOOST Break with Exhibitors & Meet the Authors

1:30PM - 2:30PM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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. 

BOOST Conference Popsicles in the Exhibit Hall 

BOOST Live Networking Reception

4:45PM - 6:00PM
Renaissance Hotel Pool

Whether you're 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 BOOST Live Networking Reception. Light snacks and cash bar available.

BOOST Conference Live Networking Reception

Escape Room Palm Springs

Sunday - Thursday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Escape Room Palm Springs

A fun and exciting team-building experience where you and your team will work together to achieve a common goal, and in doing so, bond, strengthen your relationships and improve communication and teamwork. Each game is 60-minutes in length and includes an orientation and debriefing after each game. Who will escape first?

The Escape Room will be offering a special rate of $22 per attendee per game throughout the entire week of the BOOST Conference. *You must be registered for the conference and your account paid in full to register your team for an escape room experience and receive the BOOST Conference price of $22 per game. All games are private so book for the number of people you want to play with. You may add additional players at the door to the capacity of the room you choose. *To book an escape room experience, visit http://escapePS.com using the promo code IAMBOOST to book online. Credit card payments are preferred.

*Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room Palm Springs is located at 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B3, Palm Springs, CA 92262. BOOSTers are responsible for their own transportation.

EscapeRoomPS

DUCK DUCK BOOST RELAY RACE

6:00PM
Renaissance Hotel Pool

Oh yes, it’s a new twist on the classic Duck Race! Get your ducks in a row and cheer on our duck racers in the Duck Duck BOOST Relay Race in the pool! Who will be the lucky duck?! 

There are two ways to participate:

1. Duck Duck BOOST racing team fundraiser

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. We are looking for 4 teams of 3 people to hop in the pool and splash to the finish. Duck Duck BOOST team members get extra exposure for their organizations and compete for a year’s worth of bragging rights. Each Duck Duck BOOST team will receive (1) social media recognition, including logos from each team member’s organization as well as promotion in (1) Conference Newsletter.

This event costs $350 per team and is held immediately following the BOOST Live Reception at the Renaissance pool. Get your team together and enter the race, we can't wait to watch you win! 

2. Bid on your favorite Duck Duck BOOST racing team for our 50/50 raffle

Duck Duck BOOST is also 50/50 fundraiser. Attendees can bid on their favorite duck racing team - 50% of the collected funds go towards the scholarship fund and 50% goes to the winning ticket holder. $5 BUCKS PER DUCK (cash only)! The race starts at 6PM at the Renaissance Hotel pool, go early to enter the raffle.

Questions about Duck Duck BOOST? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2022 DDB Champions Eleyo

BOOST Homecoming Party

7:00PM - 11:59PM
Rocks Lounge Terrace, Renaissance Hotel

Join our annual Homecoming celebration to welcome former BOOST attendees and newcomers alike!

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Still feel like dancing? Wireless headphones will be available to rent so you can keep your groove going a little bit longer! The music will be silent to everyone except those with headphones. Dance on! Take photos at the Peachjar photo booth and post your selfies on Instagram to win our social media contest! Don't forget to use hashtag #boostconference and #BOOSTselfie to win.

7:00PM - Bring your VIP ticket and redeem for a free beer (while supplies last)
*VIP tickets can be obtained at our Homecoming sponsor booths in the exhibit hall.  
7:00PM-10:00PM - Homecoming Dance Party
9:30PM - Headphone distribution for Silent Disco ($5 for headphones, cash only, and your license as collateral)
10:00PM - Silent Disco- The After Party
11:30PM-11:59PM-Return Headphones 


THURSDAY, APRIL 27

TOUR DE BOOST WALK/SCAVENGER HUNT

6:45AM - 8:30AM
Palm Spring Convention Center, East Lawn

Join fellow BOOSTers on a fun Tour de BOOST walk and scavenger hunt around Palm Springs. This 2-mile hunt through scenic Palm Springs will lead you to some of Hollywood's most famous stars' Palm Springs getaways. 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!

All Tour de BOOST participants will meet in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center on the East Lawn. Please be prepared to complete paperwork and form your Tour de BOOST team at 6:45AM. Teams will receive their clues and start the race promptly at 7:00AM. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. One smartphone and Twitter account will be needed per team to complete the scavenger hunt. If you don't have your own, bring a friend! Complimentary bottled water and snacks will be provided.

All Tour de BOOST participants must pre-register for this event. To sign up, access your online BOOST registration account, select Tour de BOOST, and make your payment. To sign up at the conference, visit the BOOST Collaborative Booth (0101 & 0105) in the Exhibit Hall. $30 Tour de BOOST fees are non-refundable and all proceeds benefit our 2023 Giveback Organization.

Proceeds to benefit: Voices for Children

NEW Tour de Boost logo    Voices for Children

 

BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS

8:00AM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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

Breakfast in the BOOST Exhibit Hall

Opening & General Session

8:45AM - 9:45AM
Palm Springs Convention Center

Dee Hankins roundKeynote Address - Dee Hankins
Inspirational Speaker, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Dee Hankins (he/him/his) is on a mission to share one powerful message: Resilience is everything! African American, male, fatherless, motherless, and placed in several different foster homes, statistically Dee shouldn’t be where he is today. Instead of letting the system write his story, Dee took his pen back, focused on his resilience, and started writing his own story. A story he now shares with thousands of people every year. 

Click here to learn more about Dee Hankins

NETWORKING LUNCH & MEET THE AUTHORS

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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 Conference Exhibit Hall with The Magician School

BOOST BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS & MEET THE AUTHORS

2:30PM - 3:30PM
Palm Springs Convention Center Exhibit Hall

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! 

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Escape Room Palm Springs

Sunday - Thursday, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Escape Room Palm Springs

A fun and exciting team-building experience where you and your team will work together to achieve a common goal, and in doing so, bond, strengthen your relationships and improve communication and teamwork. Each game is 60-minutes in length and includes an orientation and debriefing after each game. Who will escape first?

The Escape Room will be offering a special rate of $22 per attendee per game throughout the entire week of the BOOST Conference. *You must be registered for the conference and your account paid in full to register your team for an escape room experience and receive the BOOST Conference price of $22 per game. All games are private so book for the number of people you want to play with. You may add additional players at the door to the capacity of the room you choose. *To book an escape room experience, visit http://escapePS.com using the promo code IAMBOOST to book online. Credit card payments are preferred.

*Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Room Palm Springs is located at 2500 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B3, Palm Springs, CA 92262. BOOSTers are responsible for their own transportation.

EscapeRoomPS

VILLAGEFEST STREET FAIR

6:00PM - 10:00PM
Downtown Palm Springs

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!

The Palm Springs Art Museum offers free public admission every Thursday evening from 4:00PM - 8:00PM during 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.

www.psmuseum.org

 PalmSpringsArtMuseum    

Palm Springs VillageFest BOOST Conference

THINK RED INSPIRE & PAINT

6:00PM - 8:00PM
Date Terrace at the Renaissance Hotel

Please join us for a fun event of painting while raising funds to benefit organizations that serve the San Diego HIV & AIDS community. This fun event will be guided by a professional artist and drag queen (Xrystal), Nathan Mohle from San Diego, CA.

To sign up, access your online BOOST registration account, select Think Red Inspire & Paint, and make your payment. 100% of the proceeds go to the San Diego non-profit Think Red Project.

BOOST Conference hosts Think Red paint night with Drag queen artist Xrystal

TICKETS- $35

Ticket includes:

  • • 2 hours of professional painting instruction
    • Use of acrylic paints, paintbrushes, canvas, and easel
    • Canvas painting project to paint and take home 

Drink specials will be available for BOOST attendees participating in this special event.
Think Red Project & Red Dress Party San Diego / www.reddresspartysd.com 

Think Red Project

POOLSIDE DIVE-IN MOVIE (FREE EVENT!)

8:00PM - 10:00PM
Renaissance Hotel Pool

Gather poolside in a chaise lounge or on a raft in the pool and watch the film on the big screen! Drink and appetizer specials will be available. Rafts and BOOST beach towels will be available for purchase at the BOOST Booth in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday & Thursday only.

Dirty Dancing
In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskills resort. One evening, she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music, and there she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. She soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.

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boost Karaoke night

8:00PM
Retro Room Lounge Palm Springs

Calling all BOOST superstars! It’s time to get down and get your groove on at the BOOST Talent Show! You can bring your team, your friends, or come and find your new crew. Sit back and relax, people-watch from the sidewalk patio, or join in the karaoke party and let your talent shine! Don’t forget to wear your BOOST name badge. Drink specials will be available exclusively for BOOST attendees!
*Retro Room Lounge is located at 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way #102, Palm Springs, CA

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FRIDAY, APRIL 28

BREAKFEST

7:30AM
Rocks Lounge Terrace & Poolside 

It's a new twist on breakfast! Meet us poolside for a breakfast festival experience with breakfast foods, a live DJ, live screenprinting, and more! Coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase. This is the perfect opportunity to say your farewells and connect before heading to morning workshops, closing & raffle.

BreakFEST Logo FINAL DJ Walt White

Closing & Raffle

11:15AM - 12:00PM 
Renaissance Hotel

Don't miss our fun and energetic conference closing with thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes! All attendees will automatically be registered in the closing raffle upon entrance to the closing for a chance to win!

BOOST Conference contest winner 

BOOST Conference Closing Raffle

EXTRA CREDIT

12:00PM-5:00PM

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 the end-of-year, summer, and upcoming school year.

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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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