School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference is a multi-day regional convening focused on exploring, celebrating, and influencing our collective field(s) through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Expanded learning professionals, community organizers, school district representatives, funders, policymakers, and systems leaders 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; and strive to recognize power dynamics throughout programs and systems and begin to strategize how to co-create stronger partnerships across sectors. Join us at the 2020 Bridge Conference from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020. 

2020 Bridge ConferenceThe Seeds We Sow, emphasizes intention in the act of reimagination. Only together, as a collective, will we solidify a new foundation that intertwines our cultures, values, and leadership to nourish all our young people’s excellence and right to thrive.

Bridge Conference Registrants: Within 12 hours of registering, 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.

This schedule was updated most recently on 10/20/20.
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Amanda Ruud

The Forum for Youth Investment's David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Training Product & Process Design Specialist
Ypsilanti, MI

Amanda serves as the Training Product & Process Design Specialist for The Forum for Youth Investment’s Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. Fifteen years of experience in out-of-school time settings--in roles ranging from volunteer to site director to board chairperson--informs her work every day. In all things she does, she is ever mindful that her work is always in service of young people.

Amanda holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Michigan (Go, Blue!) as well as a Provisional Teaching Certificate for grades K-8 with endorsements in ELA, Math, and ESL. Amanda also has a professional background in project management and marketing, which she regularly applies to her youth development work.
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