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Quality & Training

School's Out Washington has led the process of building a quality improvement system for expanded learning programs. We also offer a wide array of training options from workshops and our annual Bridge Conference, to long-term engagement in quality improvement processes, to support organizations big and small in having the greatest impact on youth.

Quality Improvement System

We are building a quality improvement system in Washington to help expanded learning programs strive to achieve quality as defined in the Washington State Quality Standards and Core Competencies for Child & Youth Development Professionals.

Our work is guided by a a growing body of research that shows quality matters when it comes to delivering programming that results in positive outcomes for children and youth. When we say quality, we mean the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to better engage and interact with youth.

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Washington Assessment for Youth Programs

The Washington Assessment for Youth Programs provides a baseline for quality and a process to identify goals to work toward improvement.

Our well-trained staff work with your program to develop a quality improvement plan based on in-person assessments, incorporating training and on-site coaching services.

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Elevate Washington

Elevate Washington is a community resource and comprehensive database to support expanded learning opportunities, youth development professionals, and critical data for Washington's youth-serving organizations.

Elevate Washington is managed by School’s Out Washington.

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Our in-person workshops are a great option for professionals wanting to develop their own skills or for program managers wanting to train their staff without additional commitments. Open to all, these workshops are designed to teach how to work with children and youth, program management skills, and much more.

We host workshops in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and occasionally in other regions around Washington, usually in Spring and Fall.

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Online Courses

School’s Out Washington provides two online learning options for the staff of licensed school-age programs looking to fulfill their state-mandated professional development requirements.

Whether you are a new staff person looking to fulfill your 30-Hour Initial Training Requirement or a long-time staff member who wants to complete ongoing credits online, we have an affordable option for you!

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Bridge Conference

The annual Bridge Conference is the premier conference for afterschool and youth development professionals in the northwest. It is an opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn from some of the top minds in our field.

The premier conference for expanded learning professionals in the Pacific Northwest is returning on October 29 & 30, 2018 to a new location at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport in Renton. This venue combines the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with all the amenities to deliver a top-notch conference experience.

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Customized Training

We offer customized training tailored to the needs of specific programs. It can take the form of one-on-one coaching, consulting, or delivering a workshop right at a program site so all staff can learn together.

In all cases, one of our experience trainers will work with program leaders to develop exactly the content and resources their staff need.

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Quality & Training