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.

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Tuesday, October 27 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary with Keynote: "From Education Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter"

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2020 is a year like we have never witnessed. A pandemic that exposed structural health inequalities was followed by the largest civil rights uprisings in American history against police violence and systemic racism. The sustained demonstrations and radical imagination of young people have challenged the nation to rethink the relationship between government and citizens. How did we get here? What is the role of educators and youth development professionals in this movement? How do we show up differently and support student organizing? Megan Ming Francis will discuss how we got to this urgent moment, the power of organized protest, and responsibility we all share to transform our society.

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Dr. Megan Ming Francis

An Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and Field Director for History and Political Development at the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race, Dr. Francis will bring her historical knowledge and valuable insights to reimagine new ways to engage in our work with young people. She will ground us... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Zoom- Webinar