Meet the Authors

Each year, we are pleased to welcome many talented authors to the BOOST Conference. Attendees will have an opportunity to pre-purchase keynote speaker books at the time of online registration and have them signed in the exhibit hall during the conference. Due to high demand, we are oftentimes unable to guarantee the availability of books on-site. Additional authors will be selling their books at exhibit booths throughout the Exhibit Hall during the conference. 

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Wednesday, May 1

9:45AM-10:15AM

Hamish Brewer   Relentless book cover Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer
Award-Winning Educator and Principal, Author, International Speaker
Booth 0101 & 0105

Relentless - Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm

Hamish Brewer (aka the Tattooed Skateboarding Principal) grew up in a home disrupted by poverty, addiction, and family dysfunction. He understands the feelings of fear, lostness, and desperation that overwhelm too many children today—because that was his life. That experience is what drives him to work relentlessly to empower people living in the toughest areas to envision and create a better future for themselves.

Disrupt the norm. That is the challenge Hamish, a Nationally Distinguished Principal, calls educators, students, families, and communities to accept. And as he authentically shares his life experiences and adventures in this book, you, too, will be inspired to . . .

  • Believe that something bigger and better is possible.
  • Pursue your best, whatever it takes.
  • Transform your school.
  • Become the educator you always dreamed of being.
  • Leave a legacy that pushes others to achieve their best!

Relentless is more than a motto. It’s a mission of total passion and purpose. And it’s the only way to win at work and at life.

Are you ready to take your life and work to the next level? Be Relentless!

Read more about Hamish Brewer here.


1:30PM-2:30PM

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris round    The Deepest Well Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
Founder of Center for Youth Wellness & Former Surgeon General of California 
Booth 0101 & 0105

The Deepest Well

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault—who galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses.

The stunning news of Burke Harris’s research is just how deeply our bodies can be imprinted by ACEs—adverse childhood experiences like abuse, neglect, parental addiction, mental illness, and divorce. Childhood adversity changes our biological systems and lasts a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or who cares about the millions of children who do, the fascinating scientific insight and innovative, acclaimed health interventions in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for preventing lifelong illness for those we love and for generations to come​.

Read more about Dr. Nadine Burke Harris here


Thursday, May 2

12:00PM-1:00PM 

Dominique Smith round   Belonging in School Dominique Smith Ed

Dominique Smith
Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support, Health Sciences High and Middle College, San Diego, CA
Booth 0101 & 0105

Belonging in Schools
Creating a Place Where Kids Want to Learn and Teachers Want to Stay--An Illustrated Playbook

Belonging is an instinctual feeling: you know when you feel it—and you really know when you don’t. Creating a sense of belonging in the classroom has a significant impact on student learning and well-being; it serves as a gatekeeper for other aspects of learning to take root. But how do we create classrooms and schools where every student knows they belong?

This easy-to-use, illustrated playbook has you covered. 11 evidence-based modules feature actions and strategies that teachers can apply to help students feel more included. Interactive features such as essential questions and reflective prompts are designed to engage educators and deepen their understanding of the importance of connection and belonging in a student's educational experience.

Readers will find:

  • Detailed coverage of the 11 dimensions of belonging
  • Evidence-based actions in every module to help foster belonging, balanced between elementary and secondary levels
  • Interactive features like Essential Questions, Two Truths and a Lie, Case in Point, What's Your Advice? and What's Next? to facilitate engagement and reflection
  • A highly visual illustrated style to promote comprehension and information retention

By utilizing this playbook’s strategies to create environments where students feel a sense of belonging, educators can help improve learning outcomes and academic performance while supporting the overall well-being of their students.

Learn more about Dominique Smith here.


2:30PM-3:30PM


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