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BOOST Conference to Inspire Youth, Inspire Learning, Inspire Change – April 29 – May 2, 2014

By Teachers.Net News Desk

BOOST Conference Boosts its Impact with Presentations by Jack Andraka, John Hunter, Scott Barry Kaufman and Sandy Hook Promise

The BOOST Conference, taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center from April 29 to May 2, 2014, will feature prominent speakers true to its mission to “Inspire Youth, Inspire Learning, Inspire Change.”

This conference hosted by BOOST (Best of Out-of-School Time) Collaborative highlights resources, promising practices and the latest innovations for afterschool time educators. 

The workshop by the Sandy Hook Promise called “Preventing Violence and Protecting Our Children,” will be led by Wayne Sakamoto, director of Safe Schools at Murrieta Valley Unified School District, who has more than 30 years experience working in the arena of school safety and violence prevention. Sakamoto will explore the ways in which programs and training can help reduce violence in schools. Nicole Hockley, mother of six-year-old Dylan who was killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, will also present at this workshop as she shares her story and personal promise to protect our children.

Jack Andraka, a high school student from Maryland, is also on the lineup of influential speakers at this year’s BOOST Conference. In Andraka’s presentation entitled “Tapping into the Hidden Innovator,” he will give his testimonial on creating a novel paper sensor to detect pancreatic and ovarian cancer at the young age of 15.

The Meet the Authors event will provide an up close and personal interaction with the BOOST Conference Keynote Speakers, John Hunter and Scott Barry Kaufman, as well as many other distinguished authors.

John Hunter is a teacher and educational consultant who believes that fourth graders have the ability to solve world peace and as a result, founded the World Peace Game. In his book, “World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements,” Hunter reflects on his experiences and provides an insightful outlook on the possibilities of our youth.

Author of “Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined,” Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD will host a lecture entitled “From Evaluation to Inspiration: Why the Culture of the Classroom is Broken, and How to Fix It.” In his book, he explains the potential of different mindsets, proclaiming even the “ungifted” are talented.

“Our team at the BOOST Collaborative is thrilled to have John Hunter and Scott Barry Kaufman keynote at the 2014 BOOST Conference,” Tia Quinn, CEO of BOOST Collaborative said. “They will be a motivating and inspiring force to all our attendees. These speakers truly embody the mission of the conference as they provide challenging, innovative alternatives to learning in the out-of-school time hours.”

To learn more about the presenters and workshops at the 2014 BOOST Conference, please visit



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