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.
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.
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 of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.
How to register
Groups of 10+
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This year, if 10 people from the same organization register, we will offer an additional registration free!
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.
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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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- Check out the details from 2013 Bridge Conference for a better idea of what to expect from the Conference.