Unlocking Inspiration: My Journey at the 2024 BOOST Conference

boostconference Apr 24, 2024
2024 BOOST Conference

As I prepare to embark on an enriching journey to the 2024 BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, I am thrilled to share my upcoming engagements and the vibrant atmosphere this event promises to deliver. The BOOST Conference, renowned for its commitment to fostering professional development and igniting positive change within the realms of education and youth development, serves as a beacon of inspiration for educators, leaders, and advocates alike.


Cultural Change: Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Responsible Leadership

Kicking off my engagement is a thought-provoking dinner session on Tuesday, April 30th, where we delve into the vital topic of emotional intelligence in responsible leadership. Amidst the backdrop of a shared meal, we'll explore strategies to cultivate empathy, resilience, and effective communication, essential qualities for navigating the complexities of leadership in today's world.



Identifying Youth Potential through Opportunity-Based Learning

On Wednesday, May 1st, I am honored to lead a workshop session focusing on identifying and nurturing the potential within our youth through opportunity-based learning. Together, we'll explore innovative approaches to education that empower young minds, fostering a culture of curiosity, creativity, and lifelong learning.



Moderating BOOST Film Festival: Clarissa's Battle

Thursday, May 2nd brings an exciting opportunity to moderate a Q&A discussion following the screening of "Clarissa Battle" at the BOOST Film Festival. This captivating film promises to shed light on important issues within the education landscape, sparking meaningful dialogue and reflection among attendees.




Exploring Emotional Intelligence on the Podcast Stage

Later that day, I am privileged to record a live podcast episode centered around the theme of emotional intelligence and workplace stress among afterschool supervisors in low-income communities. Our conversation aims to highlight the significance of fostering emotional resilience and supportive environments within educational settings.



Examining Culturally Affirming SEL and Equity in Program Design

Closing out my engagements at the conference is a dynamic session on Friday, May 3rd, where I will serve as a room host for an insightful discussion on culturally affirming social-emotional learning (SEL) and equity in program design. Together with esteemed speakers, we'll explore strategies for creating inclusive and empowering environments that honor the diverse identities and experiences of all learners.


Join Me at the 2024 BOOST Conference

As I eagerly anticipate the enlightening conversations, valuable connections, and transformative experiences that await at the 2024 BOOST Conference, I extend a warm invitation to fellow educators, leaders, and change-makers to join me in Palm Springs from April 30th to May 3rd. Together, let us ignite inspiration, cultivate innovation, and pave the way for a brighter future in education and youth development.


For more information and to register for this unparalleled event, visit BOOST Conference. Let's unlock the potential within ourselves and our communities as we journey towards a brighter tomorrow. See you at BOOST!

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SONIA M. TOLEDO, PhD, founded Dignity of Children® in 2008 to develop children and youth holistically and reduce education inequality. She has a PhD in education and 25-plus years of experience building quality after-school programs. She focuses on emotional intelligence training, youth development, and organizational culture change. Dignity of Children® serves after-school programs nationally, providing exceptional child and youth development training programs.

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