School's Out Washington, in partnership with key stakeholders, developed the Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool & Youth Development Programs. These Standards will support Washington State programs in achieving positive youth outcomes by providing staff with guidelines for what quality looks like in a program setting.
Community meetings will be taking place in May in Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane (plus a webinar) to present the Standards.
We are now accepting request for proposals to present at this year's Bridge conference. Please check out the RFP for more information, and share it with others that you think would make great presenters for this year's conference theme of Making Learning Personal. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2014.
Registration for our two-day, jam-packed, 12th Annual Bridge Conference is now open. Our theme, Making Learning Personal, emphasizes that meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion and supports social-emotional learning as well as building competency in academics. We encourage you to register now to lock-in your place, as we nearly reached capacity in 2013 and we don't want you to miss out.
On April 3rd, we celebrated a victory for kids across Washington State! Governor Inslee signed into law SB 6163 (PDF) which creates the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to advise the Governor, State Legislature and State Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding an Expanded Learning Opportunities system and to develop a comprehensive ELO action plan designed to close the opportunity gap.