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Now in its 19th year, School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference brings together school-age care providers, youth development professionals, leaders, community organizers, funders, and policy makers from across the country.

Attendees hear from thought-provoking presenters and learn new strategies to build strong programs and equitable systems for young people, in and out of school. Reflected in all aspects of the Bridge Conference are the values of equity, belonging, leadership, nourishment, change, innovation, and community. Our attendees and presenters represent the diverse communities we work with across the state. In 2021, for our second virtual conference, we will come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field.

We gather to:
  • Engage with a diverse range of knowledge, people, and perspectives
  • Identify the ways that racial inequities impact youth, expanded learning opportunities, and educational outcomes
  • Experience a sense of belonging to nourish social connection and professional networking
  • Learn how to implement tangible practices that promote an equitable expanded learning opportunity ecosystem
  • Strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors

2021 Bridge: From Seedlings to Stardust
Across time and cultures, humans have found comfort, guidance, and knowledge amongst the stars. Before we had the technology to tell us what was out there, we were grounded and deeply connected to this unknown we reached for it. The stars can be said to be our first home, the first dreamscape of humankind. We have only just begun our rupture – the shattering and deconstruction of—individual and collective realities. This change has brought exhaustion—with no clear path in sight. Yet, we cannot stifle ourselves in normalcy. 2021 Bridge: From Seedlings to Stardust dares us to dream and to pour into the tenaciousness of transformation. The seeds have been sown—now, how do we shape this change?

Systems Leader Cohort
For 2021, the Systems Leader Cohort will include a Pre-Conference on October 26 and a series of recommended workshops for funders, policymakers, and community leaders. This cohort will focus on advancing equity through a well-supported expanded learning system in this profound moment of change.

Bridge Conference Registrants: Once you register, participants will receive an email from Sched inviting you to create and/or log into your Sched account so you can create your personalized schedule and prepare to attend the event. Check out our Attendee Guidance Checklist for more info on "how" to show up to this virtual event or contact our Customer Service team at bridge@schoolsoutwashington.org if you have any challenges navigating the platform. 
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Suzette Espinoza-Cruz

City of Seattle-Dept of Education and Early Learning
Senior Education Programs Specialist
Seattle
Professional with 20 + Years working in Youth and Early Learning Programs with 15 of those years dedicated to working in Quality Assurance of School Age Youth, Early Learning and Child Care Programs. I have experience with and an intrest in:

Partnering with youth programs  offering High Quality Learning Environments and Positive Social Emotional Supports for School Age Youth and Preschoolers
Creating Solid Pre -Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Connections for staff , youth and thier families
Designing Flexible, Functional, Cozy, and Creative Enviornments for tempoary School Age Spaces
Advocating for Culturally and Linguistically Relevant and Anti Bias After School Academic Enrichment Curriculums for School Age and Preschool youth
Informing Municipal Government and School Age Contractor Quality Assurance/ YPQ
Supporting Arts and Project Based Education that supports SEL and  the Common Core Standards for K-12 youth
Tuesday, October 26
 

9:00am PDT

 
Wednesday, October 27
 

9:00am PDT

10:30am PDT

12:00pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

 
Thursday, October 28
 

9:00am PDT

10:30am PDT

11:00am PDT

12:15pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

 
Friday, October 29
 

9:00am PDT

10:30am PDT

11:00am PDT

 
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