Bridge Conference 2014

October 27 and 28, 2014

@ The HUB, UW Campus, Seattle


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.


Keynotes and Major Speakers

Dennis Littky
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Big Picture Learning and the Met-Center
Darlene Flynn
Racial equity consultant
& trainer
Robin DiAngelo
Associate Professor, Westfield State University
Baratunde Thurston
Author and comedian, co-founder of Cultivated Wit

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.

Watch Dennis speak at TEDx NYED.

Robin DiAngelo and Darlene Flynn will discuss power dynamics in cross racial relationships and how to address them as a primary strategy for creating racial equity in our work. Robin received her PhD from the University of Washington and is currently an Associate Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Darlene works as a racial equity consultant and trainer.

Baratunde Thurston, former Director of Digital of the satirical news source The Onion, will inspire and entertain us with his stories about his own learning journey. As a young person, he participated in out-of-school activities such as Higher Achievement and the DC Youth Orchestra. Now, Baratunde is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.

Hear Baratunde interviewed on Please Speak Freely.

How to register


Simply go to our registration page and fill out your information.

The fee for registration is $375—the same as last year—and includes all sessions, breakfast and lunch on both days, and time to network.

You can pay with credit card, check, or purchase order. We must receive payment before you can attend the conference.

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!

Simply register your first 10 as individuals at our registration page, and let us know at We'll then provide you with a discount code for your eleventh staff member!

Win A Free Hotel Stay & Dinner in Seattle

We want to see you at Bridge, so we’re offering a free night at a University District hotel plus dinner to one lucky person who registers between now and August 31st.

Our Sponsors

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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