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
School-Community Partnerships for Students: Better Together

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It will take a community effort to meet the learning needs of our K-12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The solutions to keep kids engaged normally are not going to be enough. Given the injustices against black, indigenous, and students of color; racial equity must be a central component to solutions along with health and safety, which means doing things differently and working with partners that are of the communities in which students live and with caring adults and peers they trust. This session will focus on school and community-based partnerships that were created or are developing during the pandemic to support academic and social-emotional learning, keep kids safe, and help parents work.

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David Beard

Policy & Advocacy Director, School's Out Washington
David facilitates SOWA’s advocacy efforts, including educating policymakers and working with providers and stakeholders to secure more funding and better policies for the field. Throughout his career, David has been an advocate for children and families. After working as the policy... Read More →


Kristi Dominguez

Executive Director, Teaching and Learning, Bellingham Public Schools
Kristi Dominguez, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in Bellingham Public Schools, has been invested in the early learning community for the past 30 years.  She has served as an early learning consultant in both Washington and Oregon, coauthored Washington State's Full Day... Read More →

Shannon Millican

After School & Camp Program Director, Whatcom Family YMCA
I have been working in the after school industry since 1995 beginning as a YMCA summer camp counselor and after school assistant. During college, I worked for 2 YMCA's in Colorado as a Camp Director and Site Director. In 2003, I started as the After School and Camp Director for the... Read More →

Beth Wyant

Education Program Manager, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic

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