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
Understanding and Addressing Anti-Blackness at Expanded Learning Opportunities

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Expanded Learning Opportunities can be important places of youth development for Black youth. However, Black youth often experience racial inequity in ELOs because leadership and outcomes tend to uphold anti-blackness. For example, Black youth routinely experience programs that have the least funding and youth development curricula that problematizes their culture as deficient. Leaders must be able to recognize the ways that anti-blackness is occurring and shift their practices if they hope to address the youth development needs of Black youth. This presentation will discuss the concept of anti-blackness and discuss how it is pervasive in ELOs. Along with providing attendees tangible culturally sustaining leadership practices that might assist organizations to better center the youth development needs of black youth.


Ishmael Miller

Educational Researcher, University of Washington-Seattle
Ishmael Miller is a Ph.D Candidate studying Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the University of Washington-Seattle (UW). Miller has worked at several expanded Learning opportunities as a volunteer, front-line staff, program manager, advisory board member, and educational... Read More →

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