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Bridge Conference 2019

Save the Date for Bridge Conference: November 9-10, 2020

Mark November 9-10, 2020 on your calendar for School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference. Join expanded learning professionals, school leaders, funders, researchers, policymakers, trainers/coaches, and nationally renowned speakers to learn engaging program practices, deepen your understanding of how we can advance educational equity togetherand access cutting-edge research, resources, and strategies. 

We look forward to welcoming you for an inspiring and energizing conference in a gorgeous lakeside location at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport in Renton. As an attendee of our 2019 conference stated, “Today's participation gave me a feeling of being renewed and healed! This work is exhausting and this was a great opportunity to refuel.” 

Registration will open in May 2020.

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


Thank you for your interest in attending the Bridge Conference this year! More information coming soon.
Registration Period Price
WA State Licensed School-Age Programs $TBD
Early Bird Rate
(Through TBD)
Standard Rate
(Through TBD)
Late Rate
(Through TBD)
One-Day Rate $TBD

Keynote Speakers

Identifying keynote speakers to inspire and engage you is an exciting part of our planning process! We look forward to announcing keynote speakers in the months leading up to the conference.

Workshop Schedule

Check back here when registration opens for information on how to submit a proposal to present at Bridge.

Whether you plan to attend or are interesting in presenting, walk on a bridge back into history by clicking on the links below to review our past workshop schedules.

Bridge 2019: Looking Back, Facing Forward

Bridge 2018: Elevate Youth Voice

Bridge 2017: Together We Rise

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities


Show your company’s support of exceptional expanded learning and educational equity by being a Bridge sponsor and reach:

Contact Andrea Fullerton at (206) 336-6928 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


We are also seeking exhibitors to provide a platform of engaging content & resources over these incredible two days of learning.

Benefits as a Bridge exhibitor include:

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