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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Wednesday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Designing Decolonized Tech Curriculum

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Participants will learn about the Geeking Out Kids of Color youth program, its decolonized tech curriculum, our curriculum design process, and a case study of one of our curricula. The group will then get the opportunity to apply what they have learned about how we center our tech curriculum on building understanding and agency around a social issue. There’s no need for technical expertise, only imagination! The groups will come back together to share and discuss key takeaways about designing decolonized tech curriculum. Since this is about program curriculum design, the intended audience is direct service staff, but this session will be engaging and useful for all who are interested.

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Samantha Gil-Vargas

Project Manager and Lead Curriculum Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color (GOKiC)
I have an undergraduate degree in Human Centered Design and engineering from UW-Seattle. Throughout my undergraduate I participated in research studies, internships with start-up or non-profits to design for and around communities that have been the most impacted by oppressive systems... Read More →
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Heven Ambachew

Tech Educator and Software Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color
Heven is currently studying Computer Science as an undergrad at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the co-founder and program coordinator of Collective Youth - A youth program with-in Geeking Out Kids of Color. As an instructor at GOKiC, she integrates technology and social justice... Read More →
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Linda Vong

Curriculum Developer and Software Developer, Geeking Out Kids of Color
I am a proud South Seattle resident, daughter of refugees from Vietnam, and computer science and education student at the University of Washington. I leverage my technical background, interdisciplinary lenses, passion for educational equity, and engagement with critical race theory... Read More →

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom- Meeting