BOOST Conference Panel Sessions


Wednesday, April 27

10:30AM - 12:15PM

Providing Hope to Foster & Homeless Youth
Moderator: Michelle Lustig, Ed.D, MSW, Program Director, Foster Youth Technical Assistance Program, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA
Panelists: TBD

Every year, thousands of youth age out of the foster care system challenging the stability and life skills to prepare them to live as productive adults. Many of these youth will find themselves without a high school degree and unable to secure gainful employment, which can lead to homelessness, poverty, and entry into the criminal justice system. In this session, participants will hear from former foster youth (ages 20-40) who will share who and what has helped them find success in the journey. Participants will also learn innovative approaches organizations are taking to protect foster care children and youth and provide hope to those who find themselves rapidly aging out of the foster care system.

2:45PM - 4:45PM

Building Consensus for Action Among LEAs and Juvenile Justice Stakeholders
Moderator: Deborah La Touche, Deputy District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, San Diego County Juvenile Branch, San Diego, CA
Panelists: TBD

Join the conversation to ensure our educational system is a doorway to opportunity and not a point of entry to the criminal justice system. Learn from judges, law enforcement, and community leaders on how we can all be a part of the solution for our youth.

Thursday, April 28

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Celebrating Women in STEM
Moderator: TBD
Panelists: TBD

Join us as we highlight women in STEM careers and gain more insight into their career journeys and what their experience has taught them. Our panelists will share the triumphs achieved and challenges faced by women working in science, technology, engineering, and math field(s) and how they champion diversity and commitment to closing the STEM gender gap for the next generation. 

1:15PM - 2:30PM

Innovative Practices: A Conversation with Superintendents & Principals
Moderator: TBD
Panelists: TBD

The pandemic of COVID-19 has shifted how we think and operate as we serve our students and lead our staff. Learn about innovative practices that truly bridge our extended learning programs and our educational institutions to meet the needs of our students, families, and communities. 

3:45PM - 5:15PM

Promising Practices in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Moderator: TBD
Panelists: TBD

Dive into courageous conversations around promising practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our educational ecosystem. Expanded Learning Programs play a vital role in our students' lives and the communities they serve. How are we as an educational ecosystem being fully inclusive, working collaboratively with all stakeholders, and providing equitable resources?

Friday, April 29

9:15AM - 11:15AM

Extended Learning Opportunity Program Funds
Moderator: TBD
Panelists: TBD

Expanded Learning Program opportunities are expanding through federal funding allocations. Through the lens of our leadership in rural, suburban, and city areas, learn from how our diverse panel is utilizing and expanding the quality of their programs.

Panel Session workshops contact

Have a suggestion for a Panel Session workshop? Please contact:

Jessica Ochoa

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Becky Shultz round 

Becky Shultz
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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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