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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Thursday, October 28 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
How SEL and ELL’s Make the Perfect Pair

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In this session, we will share a case study backed up by evidence on how social and emotional strategies and holistic health support English Learners not only building confidence and emotional skills, but how that transfers into academic confidence.  After a very challenging year, participants will learn how to create social equity in program by facilitating SEL as an equal participant. Participants will learn how to SEL as an intervention to help marginalized and struggling youth learn how to find their voice and become more comfortable in the academic environment. Participants will leave this session with new ideas using SEL to lift up their current practice in programs with English Learners or any other students who are becoming disconnected during the school day. This session is best suited for frontline staff. Participants will leave feeling inspired and equipped!

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

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Julia Gabor

Mindful Founder, kid-grit
Julia is an award-winning educator. Born & raised in NYC; she comes from a diverse urban background & has several dynamic life experiences to share. She is a creative & passionate youth development specialist. She is the Founder of kid-grit, a company that focuses on SEL, mindfulness... Read More →

Michelle Pina

Ambassador, kid-grit
Michelle Pina has a professional background that includes working as a middle school teacher, professional development coordinator, program evaluator, and federal grant director. She has 15 years of experience in leading and starting up self-funded out-of-school-time (OST) programs... Read More →

Thursday October 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting