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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Thursday, October 29 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Creating a Culture of Belonging in the Online Classroom

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The lived experiences of BIPOC students are often ignored in classroom settings; this issue is exacerbated in online environments. So how can we best support our BIPOC students from a distance? Aaron Norman and Maurianna Zingarelli are addressing this question every day through their roles as educators at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, a youth education program that has pivoted to serve over 2,000 students in online programming since March. They believe the answer lies within a culture of belonging. In this session, direct service staff will gain an authentic approach to community building, brainstorm ways to make their students feel seen as individuals, and learn how to quickly adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the individual and the group - all in the online environment.

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Maurianna Zingarelli

Education Manager and Educator, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE
Maurianna Zingarelli (she/her/hers) is an educator and activist with 12 years of creative facilitation experience. Her teaching superpower is recognizing and addressing each student’s unique experiences, backgrounds, and gifts. As the Education Manager for Village Theatre KIDSTAGE... Read More →

Aaron Norman

Theatre Educator/Music Director at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Voice Teacher at Cornish College of The Arts, Performer
Aaron Norman is an educator, performer, and artist/activist. Originally from Compton California, Aaron comes from a lineage of activists and folks who care deeply for others. He received formal training from Biola Conservatory of Music and Cornish College of the Arts, and studied... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom- Meeting