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 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Sensory Foundations and the Power of Movement

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Sensory Foundations is to provide a deeper understanding of the sensory systems and how they affect our behavior, daily activities, and learning in school, at home, and in life. Learning outcomes include:

  • The impact of sensory processing on behavior.
  • Modifications for the home/school environment.
  • Accommodations to provide the child.
  • Sensory strategies to use to assist with bringing a child to a ready-to-learn state.

The Power of Movement focuses on the motor difficulties associated with ASD, SPD, ADHD, and other neuro-diversities and the importance of posture and movement in the classroom and at home and how it relates to behavior. Learning outcomes include:

  • The impact of movement in development, behavior, and learning.
  • Specific activities to incorporate at school or home.
  • Ways to incorporate movement at home and in the classroom.


Matt Sloan

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Sensory Fitness
After teaching special education for 13 years as both a classroom and adaptive PE teacher, I became an occupational therapy assistant specializing in sensory integration therapy. Combing my years of experience as a fitness trainer and coach I am bringing my experience back into the... Read More →

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