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
Equity and Inclusion + Improving your Program: How to use micro-practices to change the way you do evaluation

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The highest performing afterschool programs have inclusive, equitable work environments that engage stakeholders & teams. However, continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are often top-down experiences, with high stakes for staff, but limited opportunity for engagement. This session introduces micro-practices as a tool to shift to more equitable & inclusive CQI. This session is intended for program leaders & others who lead CQI processes. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to: Understand how & why participatory CQI can help organizations dismantle historically oppressive evaluation practices/Use participatory approaches to CQI to engage the staff & community and support a more equitable & inclusive program environment/Reinforce the importance of “micro-practices” in supporting lasting change, & create participatory CQI micro-practices that meet organizational aims.

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

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Corey Newhouse

Founder and Principal of Public Profit, Public Profit
Corey founded Public Profit to build a team that would blend social science research methods, organizational change strategy, and a deep commitment to supporting changemakers. Corey leads the team’s strategic direction, external relationships, & business development. She also serves... Read More →
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Eva Jo Meyers

Co-Founder of Spark Decks, Spark Decks
Eva is the author of “Raise the Room: A practical guide to participant-centered facilitation.” She has held positions as a bilingual classroom teacher, as an administrator for afterschool programs for San Francisco Unified School District, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand... Read More →

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