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 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Putting Data to Work for Young People: Community-Wide Use of Data for Equitable Systems

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This session will support system leaders in their data collection efforts  and knowing what to measure and how to use data in real time to drive system change, quality improvement and positive outcomes for youth. Participants will learn why it's so essential to collect data, common challenges, how we can use data to advance racial equity goals, and promising practices, including data simulations and data scenarios. We will introduce the *updated* Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework and accompanying Guidebook, tools to help communities set a shared vision and process for using data for improvement. Erik Skold from Sprockets, St Paul and Lisa Gomi Hui from Boston After School & Beyond will provide citywide practitioner perspectives to guide this discussion and participant's data journey. People will feel less intimidated by data with the introduction of concrete tools.

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

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avatar for Jessica Donner

Jessica Donner

Executive Director, Every Hour Counts
Jessica Donner is the executive director of Every Hour Counts, a coalition of national citywide organizations that increases access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice promoting expanded-learning systems. Jessica... Read More →
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Lisa Gomi Hui

Director of Measurement and Improvement, BASB
Lisa Gomi Hui joined Boston Beyond in 2017 as the Director of Measurement & Improvement. In that role, she oversees the collection and analysis of data across Boston Beyond’s initiatives to inform, design, and deliver professional development for continuous improvement. Prior to... Read More →
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Erik Skold

Director, Sprockets
For more than 15 years, Erik has been deeply involved in bringing learning experiences for children and youth beyond the classroom. This set the stage well for his current role as Sprockets Director, where he works with schools, city governments, parks, libraries and many community-based... Read More →

Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting