Bridge Conference 2015

The Top Conference for Afterschool in the Northwest

Coming to the
University of Washington

October 19 & 20, 2015


Register now for $425!

What is at the heart of learning?

Now in its 13th year, the Bridge Conference is the premier conference for afterschool and youth development professionals in the Northwest.

During this year’s conference, participants will explore the big question, What is at the heart of learning? Rather than focusing on getting the "right answer," educators should develop good questions, support children and youth in the process of learning, and inspire curiosity.

This conference will provide informal and formal educators with the vision and tools they need to facilitate inquiry for children and youth. Sessions will explore current research on learning, the role of educators to instigate learning, global perspectives on the importance of building curiosity, and how inquiry-based learning supports a more equitable education.

Keynote and Highlights

Dr. Chris Emdin (merger of hip-hop and STEM learning) and Adora Svitak (young author and activist) will join us as keynote speakers.

Workshop Schedule

Check out our stellar line up of presenters and workshops coming to Bridge, with topics ranging from STEM to growth mindset.

Be a Sponsor

Sponsor the Bridge Conference and gain access to dedicated professionals in the formal and informal education fields.

Conference Location and Logistics

What to Do While In Seattle

Come to Bridge and experience more than just the conference! Seattle is the fastest growing major city in the nation, and the University of Washington one of the most beautiful college campuses. We've written a short travel guide for our out-of-town guests who want to take in the city after sessions have ended.

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Hotel Reservations

We will have special hotel rates for conference attendees travelling from outside the Seattle area! Conference attendees can stay at the Silver Coud Inn for as low as $139 plus tax and the Watertown Hotel for as low as $145 plus tax.

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Directions, Transit, and Parking

Ample parking is available for conference attendees on campus, close to the conference venue. The University of Washington is also highly accessible by transit.

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Scholarships to the Conference

School's Out Washington is committed to seeking funds to support scholarships for professionals with limited resources to attend the Bridge Conference. As scholarships become available, we will list opportunities along with eligibility requirements.

We currently have one scholarship available to providers in rural Oregon and Siskiyou, California. Learn More.

If you would like to be notified if any future scholarships become available, please complete this form.

Group Rates

Are you considering sending a group of five or more to Bridge? Do you have a long standing relationship with School's Out Washington? We want to recognize our partner organizations by offering a 10% discounted rate for large groups. Contact Bridge Conference Coordinator Shannon Robinson to learn more.

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