Bridge Conference 2014
About Bridge Conference 2014: Making Learning Personal
We hope for a world in which all youth are accessing quality services both in and out of school that help them succeed in school and in life. We believe this can only be achieved through strong partnerships between schools and afterschool and youth development (AYD) programs. The Bridge Conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school to come together to strengthen these partnerships between our formal education system and AYD programs.
This year's theme is Making Learning Personal, emphasizing how meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion, supports social-emotional learning all the while building competency in academics. Sessions will focus on how educators can connect to students as individuals, nurture their interests, and support cognitive and social-emotional development.
Pre-Conference Weather Balloon Event
Come to Bridge a day early and engage in an amazing, youth-facilitated workshop where participants will learn, through hands-on participation, all the logistical & practical elements of one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring STEM projects available to our youth, launching a weather balloon!
This exciting event will showcase a powerful example of STEM/Project-Based Learning for afterschool and youth development programs to replicate at their sites.
Workshop leaders include Brent Cummings, 21st CCLC Project Director from Walla Walla School District, and a cadre of Latina student-scientists from Garrison Middle School. Take a look at a video of Garrison’s balloon launch last year.
Keynotes and Major Speakers
Dennis Littky, co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning and the Met Center, will be the Bridge 2014 keynote speaker. Littky advocates for a non-traditional approach to education that delivers concrete results. He believes that children need to be engaged on a personal basis, their interests and passions need to be incorporated into a learning environment so that the education they receive is applicable to their own unique personalities. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
How to register
Groups of 10+
Send your whole staff to Bridge and save!
This year, if 10 people from the same organization register, we will offer an additional registration free!
Scholarships available for state-licensed programs
School’s Out Washington is offering partial scholarships to the Bridge Conference to qualified applicants.
To qualify, you must:
- Identify as a person of color, and/or work in a program or school serving 75% or more youth of color,
- Work at a program site or school in the state of Washington,
- Work in a Washington state licensed, exempt, or tribally-certified child care or afterschool program and
- Commit to attending both days of the conference.
Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first served basis. Applications are due not later than September 26, 2014, so apply for a scholarship now!
Join us as a sponsor!
Looking for an opportunity to engage with the afterschool and youth development field? Have a product or service that you’d like to share? Join us as a sponsor of the Bridge Conference!
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- Contact Bridge Conference Coordinator, Shannon Robinson, for questions.
- Check out the details from 2013 Bridge Conference for a better idea of what to expect from the Conference.