Summer Learning Week

Celebrate Summer Learning Week July 12-16, 2021! Put Washington and your program on the map for National Summer Learning Week 2021! Summer Learning Week is the largest advocacy and communications event of the year for summer programming – help us show how amazing we are in Washington and how incredible all of our summer programs are by registering your event on the National Summer Learning Association website. Anything goes – a field day, family night, or a site visit with legislators – use your creativity to show the state and country how great your program is. Join us for a statewide virtual kick-off for Summer Learning Week! … [ ]

2021 Bridge Conference

For our second virtual conference, we will come together to celebrate, influence, and learn in community with the expanded learning field on October 26-29, 2021. Join us for a Systems Leaders Pre-Conference, inspiring keynote speakers, up to 28 workshops to choose from, and unique opportunities to connect with your peers from across Washington State and beyond. About our 2021 theme Across time and cultures, humans have found comfort, guidance, and knowledge amongst the stars. Before we had the technology to tell us what was out there, we were grounded and deeply connected to this unknown we reached for it. The … [ ]

We Build. We Rise. We Soar. Best Starts for Kids Summit kicks off!

We Build. We Rise. We Soar. The King County Best Starts for Kids Summit delivers four days of learning, sharing, and celebrating. In his opening remarks, King County Executive Dow Constantine pointed to the Out-of-School Time strategy as an example of the success of the overall initiative.   Between 2018 and 2020, OST cohort members have:  Delivered more than 130,000 hours of out-of-school time programming  Seen more than 11,000 enrollments  The week features trainings and panels from organizations from across the many Best Starts strategies and also boasts out-of-school time grantees.  Highlights: STEMPaths Innovation Network has invited their student leaders to demonstrate the engineering design process and to help attendees empower girls to … [ ]

Thriving as a Leader in Changing Times

Belonging to a team, feeling valued and respected (as a whole person, not just “as an employee”), and being encouraged to innovate–this kind of culture enables us to adapt during challenging times, and it emerges when we lead by integrating racial equity and social and emotional learning to create equitable environments for youth and adults. Join us to explore what it means to be this kind of leader, and how each of us, from wherever we stand within organizations, can work towards building thriving organizations.