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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Wednesday, October 27 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Designing Our Own Learning: Disrupting power dynamics and invigorating student voice and power

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Youth and adult educators (middle and high school) will share learning from working together over 3 years in a summer institute. You’ll engage in an immersive experience trying out some of the tools, strategies and activities that have brought about profound transformation in the presenters and their schools. The session will be structured to mirror and model the structure of the summer institute to provide an authentic opportunity for learning and understanding. Our session, will be holistic, interactive, decolonized, and rooted in values of love, belonging, reflection, and storytelling. You will leave with a different sense of what is possible. You’ll have a new understanding of the power of building a learning community and what it looks like when youth and adults truly collaborate. Join us if you’re interested in transforming power dynamics between youth and adults in your program!

STARS Credit offered for live attendance or watching the recording of this session.

Session Survey​​​

avatar for Alan Wong

Alan Wong

Facilitator/Trainer, Sound Discipline
Alan Wong has dedicated his life to helping youth, educators, and communities to grow. He began his career in education, working as a reading tutor in the South Seattle neighborhood where he grew up. Over the last 20 years, he’s worked as a lead facilitator and trainer with innovative... Read More →

Tymmony Keegan

Abolitionist Educator, Cleveland High School
Tymmony Keegan identifies as a Black and White-adjacent, mixed-raced queer educator and is a Humanities teacher at Cleveland HS. She’s been an educator in different capacities at non-profit, gov’t and labor organizations. Her success is rooted in the transformation of people and... Read More →
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Krystal Correa

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Krystal Correa, (she/her) is a Facilitator with Sound Discipline. Krystal’s work with youth and families spans over a decade, beginning as a paraprofessional educator at a non-traditional high school in Arizona. Since then she has held positions at residential housing programs... Read More →

Sylvia Hadnot

Facilitator, Sound Discipline
Sylvia Hadnot, (she/them) is a Facilitator with Sound Discipline. She has several years of classroom teaching experience, from working with students in the King County Youth Detention Center to special populations, and has written youth curricula for social-emotional health, college... Read More →

Wednesday October 27, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting