Bridge Conference 2015: School's Out Washington

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Now in its 13th year, the Bridge Conference is the premier conference for afterschool and youth development professionals in the Northwest. During this year’s conference, participants will explore the big question, What is at the heart of learning? Rather than focusing on getting the "right answer," educators should develop good questions, support children and youth in the process of learning, and inspire curiosity. This conference will provide informal and formal educators with the vision and tools they need to facilitate inquiry for children and youth. Sessions will explore current research on learning, the role of educators to instigate learning, global perspectives on the importance of building curiosity, and how inquiry-based learning supports a more equitable education.">the Bridge Conference offers participants the opportunity to explore the big question, What is at the heart of learning? Rather than focusing on getting the "right answer," educators should develop good questions, support children and youth in the process of learning, and inspire curiosity. This conference provides informal and formal educators with the vision and tools they need to facilitate inquiry for children and youth. Sessions explore current research on learning, the role of educators to instigate learning, global perspectives on the importance of building curiosity, and how inquiry-based learning supports a more equitable education.

The Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest will present these two sessions on October 19:

Developmental Relationships and Supportive Communication

Presenters: Sarah Nance and Celeste Janssen
Looking for concrete strategies to promote the healthy development of young people? This session explains the dynamics of developmental relationships and why they are critical to growth and development of young people. We'll help you uncover strengths you bring to your work with youth and what role you play in their development. You'll also improve your supportive communication skills, and begin practicing using non-evaluative language to help youth develop a growth mindset.

Igniting a Youth’s Spark

Presenter: Sarah Nance
Educators and youth leaders know how motivating it can be for young people to discover their "sparks"—those activities and interests that truly engage kids to be their best. Discovering those sparks can help students express their personalities and make unique contributions to the world. Participants in this training will learn how to uncover a young person’s spark and encourage its development. This training is based on the book, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers, by Peter L. Benson, and research by the Search Institute.