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
“Gramma Loves Star Wars!”: Families and students learn together at home

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When school closed in 2020, ALTERA pivoted to make students’ homes their extended learning space. Because of inadequate internet we activated face-to-face daily learning opportunities with parents and siblings as teachers and co-learners engaged in home-centered, place-based and culturally responsive learning activities relevant to rural Eastern Washington Hispanic, Caucasian and Native American agricultural families. A panel of six Altera Site Directors from elementary and secondary settings share specific tools and student feedback that will inform participants in innovative practices with: learning through place-based themes; celebrating students’ unique home settings; academic content enmeshed with social emotional supports; student voice via visual and oral storytelling; tracking and measuring in-home learning through choice boards and family interviews; sustaining student engagement through text, ZOOM and social media; and elevating the role of multimodal literacies to diversify access to literacy experiences, from family reading to the backyard night sky.

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

Session Survey​​​

avatar for Tiffany Coulson

Tiffany Coulson

Associate Director, Programming, Altera/NLA
Tiffany Coulson has an MLIS from the University of Washington with 20 years of experience working in a variety of capacities in rural education.  During the past eight years she has been an embedded librarian for the educational non-profit Altera, researching and implementing best... Read More →
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Bertha Villa

21st Century Site Director: Tonasket Elementary, Altera/NLA
Bertha Villa has an MA & PhD in Spanish Literature from Arizona State University.  As the 21st Century Site Director at Tonasket Elementary, she seeks out ways to integrate authentic Spanish titles into STEM, art and social programming in after school.
avatar for Barbara Peterson

Barbara Peterson

Executive Director, Altera/NLA
Barbara Peterson is Executive Director of Altera.  She holds an Master’s degree in Public Policy and an Ed.D. from the University of Washington.  She has 25 years experience specializing in rural education, having published several state and regional articles on equity for rural... Read More →

Abigail Castillo

21st Century Site Director: Warden Middle School and High School, Altera/NLA
Abigail Castillo is the 21st Century Site Director at Warden Middle School and High School where she graduated before pursuing her education at the University of Washington.  She is new to the 21st Century Program but her personal experiences with rural youth and bilingual Spanish... Read More →

Diego Laguna

21st Century Site Director: Tonasket Middle School and High School, Altera/NLA
Diego Laguna is the 21st Century Site Director for the middle school and high school in remotely located Tonasket Washington near the Canadian border. Mr. Laguna has a business degree a master’s degree in Sports Management. For the past 5 years he has translated his international... Read More →

Luann Anderson

21st Century Program Director, Altera/NLA
Luann Anderson is a veteran educator having a BA in Elementary Education with an MA Ed as well. After many years as a teacher, she has worked in after school programs for the past 8 years and currently is a 21st Century Program Director over 5 schools in 2 communities nearly 120... Read More →

Fredy Marin

21st Century Site Director: Highland High, FMarin@highland.wednet.edu
Fredy Marin is the 21st Century Site Director at Highland High School in Tieton, Washington. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and has worked in after school programs since 2018. Fredy has lived in the area since he migrated from Mexico with his family at the age of 4... Read More →

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