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.

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Wednesday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Empowering Kids Online with Creative Expression to Build SEL and Foster Connection

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As we adapt to a changing landscape, our strategies to support kids and families must also pivot. In this interactive workshop, we'll highlight the benefits of using creative expression online to build SEL skills. You'll practice strategies to help kids name and manage their emotions, develop tools for coping, and build resilience. Combining theory and anecdotal experience, we'll focus on the process for engaging kids in creative expression online and how to respond to their work in ways that build trust and connection. We'll learn together as a community and then take a student's seat and do hands-on activities to help understand what it's like to participate in creative expression online. You'll leave with a deeper understanding of ACEs, healing-centered engagement, and how creative expression buffers the impact of stress and adversity on kids' brains and bodies.

Workshop attendees will get a downloadable packet with a selection of activities, guidance, and program crosswalks from each of our age-specific curriculums that can be utilized in their programs.

How to prepare for this session: We will be leading participatory activities using markers, varying colors of construction paper, drawing/printer paper, and glue during the session. Please gather supplies before the session if possible. Having the materials on hand will give you the opportunity to experience creative expression and do some self-care as well as experience what it is like to be a kid or youth doing an activity and be prepared to lead the activity when we're done.

If you do not have access to these materials, we will provide adaptations for just using markers and paper.


Jessica Ryan

Speech & Language Pathologist Early Intervention, Childhaven
Jessica Ryan is a Speech Therapist on Childhaven’s ESIT Team. After working in the school system, a desire to work closer with families and build upon their strengths brought her to ESIT. A passion for helping children communicate, gain social-emotional skills, and actively engage... Read More →
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Chelsey Thornton

Senior Operations Manager, Art with Heart
Chelsey leads community engagement and impact research at Art with Heart, including creative expression resource design and publications, partner support, and manages the development of training and online learning. She has an MS in Arts Administration with a focus in Community Arts... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting