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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Thursday, October 29 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp

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Transition your meetings and workshops to a virtual space! If your meetings, classes, and events have been moved online, this session will help!

We hope to answer questions like,
  • “How do I run collaborative processes like brainstorming, action planning, and team building?"
  • “How do I ensure fully inclusive participation that engages quiet participants and keeps people from talking over each other, ‘checking out’ or multitasking?”
  • “How do I foster a connected, relational and high-energy atmosphere online?”
  • “How do I do all this with a group who’s not very tech savvy? (And what if I’M not very tech savvy?)”
  • “Which tools and software could support me in doing all this?”

This session will focus on:
  • How to translate in-person processes and facilitation skills to online spaces
  • Simple tools to support a range of activities
  • Best practices, tips, and resources for online engagement

Workshop Details
We look forward to having you join us for the Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp! You are encouraged to join the session a few minutes early to get settled in.

This workshop will take place using Zoom and Google Slides. It is best if you can join the workshop from a desktop or laptop computer and set your screen up as demonstrated in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrTSRNpamkg&feature=youtu.be

If you have never used Zoom before, here is a quick video to show you some of the features we’ll be using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYHlN8zVA24&t=37s

SLIDES: Click here to have your own copy of the slide deck Virtual Facilitation Bootcamp - SOWA - 10-29-2020

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Eva Jo Meyers

Co-Founder of Spark Decks, Spark Decks
Eva is the author of “Raise the Room: A practical guide to participant-centered facilitation.” She has held positions as a bilingual classroom teacher, as an administrator for afterschool programs for San Francisco Unified School District, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand... Read More →
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Oscar Wolters-Duran

Facilitator, Spark Decks
For the past ten years I’ve had the privilege of meeting thousands of afterschool professionals throughout the country, as a trainer and coach in the areas of literacy development, classroom management, program assessment, and project-based learning. I’ve learned that after school... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting