Beyond School Hours

Is a Premier Gathering of Education Practitioners and Thought Leaders

Our conference provides vital professional development opportunities for educators and leaders working with students of all ages, across the learning day, all across America.

Refresh, renew, and have fun connecting with peers and experts. Take home skills, tools, and a renewed passion for improving learning outcomes for young people across the entire day.

Hands on workshops and pre-conferences led by national experts

Motivating keynote presentations and interactive discussions

Powerful networking opportunities and celebrations

Fascinating educational excursions

Premium exhibits unveiling the latest products and solutions

Schedule of Events



8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
21st CCLC Session

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Leadership Institute

2:40 PM – 3:55 PM
Early Bird Workshops

2:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Site Visits
Sponsored by Startup Smartup

4:00 PM
Presenters Meeting

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Sponsored by Lift Enrichment

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Opening Reception



7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Opening Keynote
Sonia Manzano

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Exhibit Hall Break

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Workshop 1

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop 2

12:30 PM – 1:40 PM
Lunch & Champion of Children Award Ceremony

1:40 PM – 2:25 PM
Recess in the Exhibit Hall

2:25 PM – 3:40 PM
Workshop 3

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Workshop 4



7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Nyshawana Francis-Thompson

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Exhibit Hall Break

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Workshop 5

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Workshop 6

12:30 PM – 1:40 PM

1:40 PM – 2:25 PM
Recess in the Exhibit Hall

2:25 PM – 3:25 PM
STEM Fair Keynote

2:25 PM – 3:40 PM
Workshop 7

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Workshop 8

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Game Night!
Sponsored by Learn Fresh



7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Workshop 9

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Grand Finale
Meredith Scott Lynn

2023 THEME


It Starts With Us!

Our world has been irrevocably changed – with gun violence, the pandemic, a war in Ukraine, and more – and our role as educators is constantly evolving. Through it all, our focus is always on supporting our nation’s children through unfamiliar landscapes and guiding them towards an unknown future. We can create the changes we want to see.

Our strands this year focus on the lenses through which we can help transform the landscape and the future of education. Investing in staff, providing youth with real life experiences, and empowering them to make a difference can help us revolutionize the world. Throughout this journey, we need to remember to always focus on the individual – and that high-quality content matters. Be part of the movement – transformation starts with us!

BSH 2023 Strands

Content is King

Everything we do as educators prepares our children to be well-rounded adults. When children feel supported, they are able to learn – so it’s important that we have robust, high-value content to enrich their minds! In this strand, we explore fun, hands-on strategies to engage children in their own educational journey.


  • Digital literacy: identifying credible sources, critical thinking, social engagement
  • STEM: coding, design thinking, outdoor learning
  • Literacy: linguistic diversity, comprehension, adolescent literacy, ESL
  • Visual and performing arts: collaboration, expression, critical reflection
  • History and social studies: identity, culture, civic engagement, current events

Experience Life

There is no substitute for real life experience! The opportunity for hands-on learning is the best way to prepare children and youth for the future. Life can be full of learning experiences for all children – and all ages!


  • Research-backed project-based learning
  • Service learning and internships
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce/career readiness
  • Financial literacy

Transform the World

Children have the power to remake the world! How can we best support and empower them? How can we amplify youth voice? Workshops in this strand focus on providing the tools our kids need to impact the world around them.


  • Civic engagement and volunteering
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Digital citizenship and digital equity
  • Diversity, equity, opportunity, and inclusion
  • Identifying and addressing bias

Empower Your Team

The last two years have been an exceptionally difficult time for educators. Staff burnout is pervasive and many programs struggle to recruit and retain team members. In these sessions, we’ll focus on building collaborative, positive environments that nurture staff and provide them with the necessary knowledge and strategies to grow and thrive.


  • Mental health and support
  • Mentoring and inspiring your staff
  • Developing new leaders and leadership coaching
  • Quality programmatic evaluation and assessment
  • Innovative and creative staffing solutions
  • Sustainability and planning for the future

Focus on the Individual

We know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to education. Each child is unique – each child is special – children require different types of supports to feel safe and become the best versions of themselves. In this strand, we focus on the needs of individuals. How can we create safe spaces, embrace parents as their child’s first teachers and provide children and families with tools to learn and grow?


  • Sense of belonging and safety
  • Mental and physical health and student well-being
  • Creating parent agency
  • Having courageous conversations
  • Mindful wellness-based strategies for delivering content
  • Growth and resilience

Frequently Asked Questions

This is where you will find most answers. It there should still be any questions left, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How do I register for the conference?

Use the link below to register.  If you are having trouble, contact or call 856.533.1600 for assistance.

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What is the registration fee for the conference?

The early bird registration rate is $599 if registered by October 31, 2021. The standard conference registration rate is $609 beginning November 1, 2021.

Is a day pass rate available?

Yes, a day pass rate of $399 is available for Thursday, February 24 OR Friday, February 25.

Does the conference registration fee include the pre-conference sessions?

No, the pre-conference sessions are an additional fee.

Do I need to register for the conference in order to register for a pre-conference session?

Yes, you need to purchase a conference registration first in order to register for a pre-conference session.

How do I register for a pre-conference session?

You can register for the pre-conference session in the Sessions section of the online registration form.

Does Beyond School Hours offer group discounts?

Yes. We offer a discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more attendees. The discount will be applied automatically in the online registration process. Your group must retain 10 or more attendees for this discount to be applicable.

What does the registration fee include?

Each full conference attendee registration includes access to: 9 workshops (chosen from approximately 125 titles, most offered twice), 3 general sessions and keynote speakers, site visits (space limited; pre-registration required), opening reception, exhibit hall of the latest products and services, STEM fair, movie screening, networking and special programming, as well as the option to register for special pre-conference sessions (additional fee & pre-registration required). The registration fee also includes food and drink at the following events: opening reception (Wednesday), breakfast (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and lunch (Thursday and Friday).

What are the payment options?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Checks, and Purchase Orders.  You will select your payment method on the first page of registration.

If paying by credit card – Credit Card.

If paying by check or PO, select – Purchase Order/Check.

What is the Purchase Order payment process?

In order to pay with a Purchase Order, a copy of the PO will need to be faxed to 856-533-1601 or emailed to – attention BSH – Accounts Payable.

You can access your invoice by clicking on the invoice link in your confirmation email or by logging into the Cvent registration page and selecting “My Registration” at the top of the page. You can access a printer-friendly version of the invoice under “More Options.”

What is the deadline to complete Purchase Order payment?

If paying by Purchase Order (PO) or check, payment is due within 30 days of your registration date. If Foundations does not receive payment after 30 days of your registration date, your conference registration will be cancelled (no exemptions). No purchase orders can be taken after December 31, 2021. New registrations made after December 31, 2021 must be paid in full by credit card.

If you are taking advantage of the early registration rates, please note that while registering with a Purchase Order will hold your place, payment must be made in full by the early registration deadline October 31, 2021) in order to secure the discounted registration rates. If payment is not received by the respective deadline, then the prevailing registration rate will apply.

Where do I mail my check?

Send payments to:

Foundations, Inc.
Attention: BSH – Accounts Payable.
701 East Gate Drive, Suite 300
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Do I have to make my own hotel reservation?

Important: You will not be charged the resort fee ($25/night) and will receive discounted parking ONLY if you book under the Beyond School Hours room block.

It depends on your type of payment:

Credit Card Payments: Yes. If paying by credit card go to: to receive the special conference rate of $219 plus applicable taxes per night for a standard room at the Caribe Royale Orlando.

PO and/or Check Payments: If paying with PO and/or check you must request lodging directly in the Online Registration form. You can do this during registration, in the Travel Options section, or afterwards by selecting “My Travel” at the top of the page. However, hotel room(s) WILL NOT BE RESERVED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED IN FULL by Foundations, Inc. Room availability is limited.

No purchase orders can be accepted after December 31, 2021.

All hotel rooms booked January 1, 2022 or later must be paid by credit card through the Caribe Royale Orlando’s link:

Beware of Housing Scammers: Scammers from companies called “Travel Era” and others often call conference attendees to book lodging. They say they are representing Foundations or the Beyond School Hours Conference. This is false. The only way for you to book lodging in our conference block at the Caribe Royale Orlando is to go through our online registration system as described above or call us for assistance at 888-977-5437.

What is the room rate?

Important: You will not be charged the resort fee ($25/night) and will receive discounted parking ONLY if you book under the Beyond School Hours room block.

The special BSH conference room rate for the Caribe Royale Orlando is $219 plus applicable taxes per night for a standard room.

When is the deadline to make my hotel reservations?

The deadline to make all hotel reservations is February 1, 2022. However, space at the Caribe Royale Resort is available on a first-come, first-served basis so registering early is strongly recommended.

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements between the airport and the hotel?

Yes. You may want to make reservations with a taxi or shuttle service to and from the airport.

The Caribe Royale Resort’s recommended provider is Maingate Transportation at 407-390-0000, option 1 or by visiting and selecting the Airport tab.

Does the Caribe Royale Resort accept tax exemption forms?

In order to receive tax-exempt status, your organization must be tax-exempt in the state of Florida. At check-in, guests must present the tax exempt letter and pay by a company check or credit card. It is not valid if they pay by personal check, credit card or cash. The letter must be presented at time of check-in so the applicable taxes will be removed from your folio before your departure. Please note: if your company is eligible for tax exemptions, you must reserve your room directly with the hotel (rather than by Purchase Order) using the following link:

Does the Caribe Royale Resort place an authorization hold on the credit card I use for my reservation?

The Caribe Royale does not place a hold on the credit card, it is used to guarantee the reservation. Guests have until 3:00 pm (EST) 72 hours prior to their arrival to cancel their reservation. Should they “no-show,” then a one night room and tax fee will be charged to the card they used to book the room.

What is the refund policy?

Conference Registration – PO/CHECK and CREDIT CARD
Payments are refundable (less a processing charge of $75 per registration) when written notice of cancellation is received by December 31, 2021. Registration can be cancelled in one of two ways: (1) by logging onto your personal account on the registration page at and clicking the button that says “Unregister” and then “Finish” on the next page or (2) by emailing notice to and indicating your name, organization, and phone number in the body of the email. Cancellations received after December 31, 2021 are non-refundable; however, substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellation anytime.

Hotel Reservations – PO and/or CHECK
Payments are refundable (less a processing charge of $75 per reservation) when written notice of cancellation is received at least 1 week prior to check-in time and date. For any additions, deletions, cancellations, and/or substitutions, please contact Foundations, Inc. at 888-977-5437 or email DO NOT contact the Caribe Royale.

Hotel Reservations made through the Caribe Royale Resort
CREDIT CARD Payments can be changed or cancelled by logging into your reservation at: All refunds for hotel rooms are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the Caribe Royale.

If I cancel my Beyond School Hours registration, does that automatically cancel my hotel reservation?

Credit Card Payments: No, you will need to cancel your hotel reservation at: All refunds for hotel rooms are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the Caribe Royale Resort.

PO and/or Check Payments: Yes, if you cancel your BSH registration, your hotel reservation will be cancelled as well. All refunds are subject to Beyond School Hours Conference Refund Policy and the rules and regulations set forth by the Caribe Royale Resort.

How do I register a substitute if I or someone from my group can no longer attend the conference?

You must log into your account on and select “My Registration” at the top of the page. Underneath “More Options” select “Substitute Registration” and enter the information for the new attendee.

Can I bring my spouse and/or guest?

No. A spouse/guest must register and pay the full BSH conference fee in order to participate in any aspect(s) of the conference, including pre-conference sessions, site visits, workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, the exhibit hall, receptions, breakfasts, lunches, or any other conference-related event.

Can I bring my children/minors?

No. Due to insurance liability issues, children/minors are not permitted to attend any Beyond School Hours conference activities, including pre-conference sessions, site visits, workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, the exhibit hall, receptions, breakfasts, lunches, or any other conference-related event.

How will I get my badge?

To obtain your conference badge you must check in at the Beyond School Hours registration desk on site at the Caribe Royale Resort.  This is not the same as the check-in desk for the hotel; the Beyond School Hours registration desk is at the conference center behind the hotel.

Do I have to wear my badge throughout the conference?

Yes. Your badge must be worn and visible throughout the entire BSH conference in order to attend any/all conference activities, including pre-conference sessions, site visits, workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, the exhibit hall, receptions, breakfasts, lunches, or any other conference-related event. 

To ensure that we are adhering to safety protocols in terms of capacity, no one will be permitted to enter a conference-related event without a badge.

If you lose your badge, you can stop at the Beyond School Hours registration desk for a replacement.

May I pick up my badge(s) for my colleagues?

No, our policies require that all attendees check in and pick up their own badges personally.

What is the conference attire?

We encourage our attendees to feel as comfortable as possible. Most guests wear business casual attire.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Can I get Continuing Professional Education Credit for sessions attended at BSH?

Foundations is a certified provider of professional development and training. Attendance at the Beyond School Hours Conference provides the potential for up to 19 total credit hours, calculated as 14.5 potential hours at the main conference + 4.5 potential instructional hours at a pre-conference session (extra fee applies for pre-con).

All attendees at Beyond School Hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon submission of an overall conference feedback survey, which many states will accept for continuing education credit.

Certain states have additional training requirements, such as Pennsylvania’s Act 48 or Georgia’s Bright from the Start. If you are submitting in one of these states, you will need a Certificate of Completion (rather than a Certificate of Attendance). To earn a Certificate of Completion, you will need to fill out an additional survey; the link for this survey will be provided with your Certificate of Attendance.  Your Certificate of Completion will be e-mailed to you after the conclusion of the conference, once your responses and course mastery have been verified by our staff.

You can also use the form provided in your bag at registration to obtain signatures from your presenters then submit to your particular state or entity for approval.

Questions still not answered?

Contact the helpful BSH team at!

Future Dates

Please mark your calendars with the following important dates. To stay up to date please join our mailing list!


February 14-17, 2024

New Orleans, LA

Hilton Riverside


February 13-16, 2025

Orlando, FL

Rosen Centre