Quality & TrainingSchool'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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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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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.
After joining forces with the National Summer Learning Association in 2016, Bridge is coming back to the University of Washington on October 16-17, 2017.
Registration for the 2017 conference will begin in Spring.
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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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