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
Designing for Equity and Impact: Quality Improvement Systems in the Times of COVID-19 and Beyond

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A global pandemic, social unrest, and challenging fiscal environments have required shifts in the way we work, prioritize strategies for change, and take action in support of young people. Amidst this climate, what is the role of continuous quality improvement and how might quality improvement systems need to adapt to ensure young people still have access to high quality experiences? In this session, we’ll reflect on lessons learned from this past year, including the challenges of trying to quickly transition and provide supports to families and youth across disparate systems. We’ll share how networks across the country have adapted continuous quality improvement supports to meet these unprecedented times, including changes in data collection processes and ongoing professional development, and we’ll explore new approaches to promote more responsive and equitable quality systems for the future.

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Sheely Mauck

Statewide Quality Education Director, School's Out Washington
For over 10 years, Sheely has served as a program quality coach, assessor, and trainer for School’s Out Washington. Sheely now serves as their Statewide Quality Education Director to support high-quality ELO programs across the age continuum and is a liaison to the Weikart Center... Read More →
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Jennifer Harris

Senior Manager, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, Forum for Youth Investment
Jennifer Harris has 20 years’ experience in the field of out-of-school time programs.  She has worked in direct service for the Alaska Council of Camp Fire USA, served as the Special Projects Coordinator for School-Age Projects with Arkansas State University, Chair and Network... Read More →

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