Artwork created by local Tlingit artist, Crystal Christopherson

Bridge Conference 2019

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Bridge Conference 2019: Looking Back, Facing Forward
October 28 - 29, 2019

At this premier conference in the Pacific Northwest, come engage and explore with other expanded learning professionals at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport in Renton.

Now in its 17th year, School’s Out Washington’s Bridge Conference brings together nationally renowned speakers, expanded learning professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches and more to focus on: 

  • Engaging and interactive program practices
  • Educational equity
  • System thinking and partnership building 
  • Cutting-edge research, resources and strategies

2019 Bridge Conference: Looking Back, Facing Forward

As we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, how do we ensure that young people can draw upon the past to ground their cultural identities, and raise the advancement for equity to the forefront? How do we widen our lens to truly acknowledge the expertise young people hold? How can we transform the roots of our history and shift systems to uplift the cultural identities of this next generation?

This year’s theme, Looking Back, Facing Forward, explores the importance of culture and the role it plays in shaping and empowering young people and their communities. We will hear from speakers who will share their knowledge and strategies to better create systems, organizations, and programs that affirm their intersectional identities.

Learn more about the art and artist, Crystal Christopherson here. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Take Part in Our Social Media Photo Contest!

Enter our social media photo contest during Bridge 2019. First place winner has the chance to win free entry to both days of Bridge 2020! Second place wins a $50 gift card to the Hyatt Regency Hotel Lake Washington’s restaurant or marketplace.

We’re asking you to look back, while facing forward at Bridge 2019. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Post an original photo and caption inspired by Looking Back, Facing Forward, preferably taken at Bridge 2019. Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram are all fair game. You have from Monday (10/28) at 8:00 AM PST to Tuesday (10/29) at 1:30 PM PST.
  2. Add the hashtag #BridgeSOWA in the caption and make sure to tag @SchoolsOutWA. You can follow us to stay updated and check out the finalist on our pages @SchoolsOutWA!
  3. Entries will be judged by a mix of creativity, aesthetic, and relation to the theme.

To read the full list of contest rules, click here.


Questions? Contact

Select your registration type

Standard Registration

Licensed School-Age Programs

Systems Track (Invite Only)

*Note:The final day to cancel your registration for the Bridge conference in order to receive a partial refund is September 27, 2019. Cancellations made prior to that day will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (e.g. you will be refunded 90% of the total cost, or $427.50 for a two-day registration or $292.50 for a one-day registration). No refunds will be given after September 27, 2019.

Pricing Information


Licensed School-Age Care Providers can register for both days of the conference for $200 and receive up to 10 hours of STARS Credit.

You can also apply for up to $200 of DCYF training reimbursement to attend Bridge. Click here for details on DCYF reimbursement and to apply for your Statewide Vendor Number.

Hotel Information

Where to Park

We have negotiated a discounted daily parking rate of $10, on Monday, Oct 28 and Tuesday, Oct 29, in the Hyatt Regency self-park garage. Please note that this does not apply to valet parking. Valet rates can be found here.

To view the Hyatt's Southport Parking Map, click here.

Stay at the Hotel

The Bridge Conference is thrilled to be returning to the spectacular Hyatt Regency Hotel on Lake Washington. School's Out Washington's special conference room rate expired on September 30, but you may still call to reserve a room, just make sure to reference the Bridge Conference.

Reserve your room online.

If you need additional assistance, please contact the hotel at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region.

Please note, if the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Registration Period Price
WA State Licensed School-Age Programs $200.00
Early Bird Rate
(Through Aug 31)
Standard Rate
(Through Oct 4)
Late Rate
(Through Oct 28)
One-Day Rate $325.00

Keynote Speakers

About LaShawn Routé Chatmon

LaShawn Routé Chatmon is the founding Executive Director of the National Equity Project, leading the organization’s transition from the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES). Under her leadership, the National Equity Project has become one of the leading voices in a movement to change the conversation and approach used to achieve racial equity in education. LaShawn previously served as a coach and director of the high school redesign initiative, where her team pioneered new school design processes, principal network development and site coaching that transformed educational experiences and outcomes for teachers and students in Oakland, CA.

Prior to joining the National Equity Project, LaShawn served as a teacher and leader at Redwood Day School, Alameda, CA; The Wheeler School, Providence, RI; and Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA. While at Berkeley High, she served as Co-Director for The Diversity Project with Dr. Pedro Noguera at the University of California at Berkeley. The Diversity Project is a school-university action research project designed to address the disparity in achievement between white students and students of color and to investigate the causes of racial separation.

LaShawn is a contributing author in the book Class Dismissed: A Year in the Heart of An American High School a Glimpse into the Heart of a Nation and has presented at numerous education conferences and convenings across the country. She was a MetLife Teaching Fellow, and is currently a LeaderSpring ED Fellow. LaShawn earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley; a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University; and an Administrative Credential from California State University, Sacramento’s Urban Leadership Program. LaShawn is a California native and resides in Oakland, CA with her husband and their three sons.

About Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg

Every year, we seek out a keynote speaker to set the tone and ground us together in our opening plenary. This year, we are delighted to introduce our keynote Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg.

Dr. Fryberg is a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, and currently serves as the William & Ruth Gerberding University Professor of American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington. As a social and cultural psychologist, her primary research interests focus on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health, and educational attainment.

In 2011, Dr. Fryberg provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs regarding the impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people. That same year, she was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University. In recognition of her work and service to the field, Dr. Fryberg has received countless awards including: the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Louise Kidder Early Career Award, Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award, University of Arizona Five Star Faculty Award, and the Society for Personality & Social Psychology Service Award.

Click here to view some of Stephanie Fryberg’s publications on race, culture and learning mindsets.

Reference: Mindset Scholars Network, biography of Stephanie Fryberg, PhD."

Select publications include: The truly diverse faculty: New dialogues in American higher education(Edited volume with E. J. Martínez), Cultural models of education and academic performance for Native American and European American students (with R. Covarrubias & J. Burack), Unseen disadvantage: How American Universities' focus on independence underminesthe academic performance of first-generation college students(with N. M. Stephens, H.R. Markus, C. Johnson, & R. Covarrubias), When the world is colorblind, American Indians are invisible: A diversity science approach(with N. M. Stephens); and Of warrior chiefs and Indian princesses: The psychological consequences of American Indian mascots on American Indians(with H.R. Markus, D. Oyserman, & J. M. Stone).

About Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. She is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Learn more about Bettina and her work here and take a few minutes to watch Bettina Love at TEDxUGA.

Workshop Schedule

Check out the full 2019 Bridge Conference Schedule. We use SCHED, an online scheduling platform, to provide you with the most up-to-date schedule and information for Bridge.

Browse all 70+ workshops and read through our speaker bios.

Curious about 2018 & 2017 Bridge? Click on the links below to review our past workshop schedules.

Bridge 2018: Elevate Youth Voice

Bridge 2017: Together We Rise

SCHED link

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities


As a sponsor of the Bridge Conference, your organization will gain access to a diverse group of dedicated professionals working in the afterschool, youth development, and formal and informal education fields. Year after year, participants rate the conference highly with excellent feedback on the quality of presenters, workshops, and opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to improve practices working with youth.

Sponsors of this conference will reach:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Andrea Fullerton at (206) 336-6928 with any questions and to discuss potential sponsorship opportunities further.


Join us as an exhibitor at the 17th annual Bridge Conference – Looking Back, Facing Forward on October 28 & 29, 2019!

The Bridge Conference brings together expanded learning professionals (afterschool and youth development professionals), school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers, coaches and businesses seeking to elevate and empower young people and their communities — We are seeking exhibitors to provide a platform of engaging content & resources over these incredible two days of learning.

Benefits as a Bridge exhibitor:

Past exhibitors have provided:

Exhibiting Opportunities and Pricing

Click here to submit your Bridge exhibitor application! For more details, see the Exhibitor Space Terms and Conditions and the Bridge Conference Exhibitor Guide.

For more information about exhibitor opportunities, please contact Clara Rosebrock at (206) 336-6938.