Learning and Leading Resources: YDEKC works to support our members to be continuously learning to be better able to support our communities.
Join Our Annual Symposium to Learn How SEL Can Promote Educational Equity:
In this time of unprecedented school closures due to COVID-19 and the undeniable trauma that racism has caused in our Black students and families, social and emotional learning can serve as a lever for educational equity. Check out our recent blog post about this work and then join us for our virtual SEL Symposium — Whole Child, Whole Day: Heart, Mind, & Body on July 24, July 31, and August 7, 9 AM to 1 PM. Clock hours will be available ($2 per clock hour in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, estimated at least 9 clock hours), as well as full Scholarships for WA State Licensed School Age Care Providers (email Nerrisah Townsend for more information). Register for the Symposium here or check out the Symposium web page for more details, including a list of our 2020 presenters!
- Every Hour Counts hosted a virtual event on June 4, 2020 on the power of local intermediaries — Connections and Solutions: Local Intermediaries Leading the Charge for Afterschool. Nearly 300 after-school leaders came together to learn about topics including racial equity, partnerships between school districts and community organizations, re-imagining learning, and supporting providers and youth workers. Check out the Every Hour Counts E-blast for recordings from the event, along with resources highlighted during the conversation.
- Accessibility to (and enjoyment of) parks and outdoor space has taken on somewhat of a new meaning in the time of COVID-19. In King County Play Equity Coalition’s blog post, Re-imagining Outdoor Space During and After COVID-19, they look at the critical role of urban nature and how some regional policymakers are planning addressing this issue.
- Upower is distributing Play Kits to over 500 families weekly across King County in partnership with organizations including: Baden Sports, DiscNW, Rainier Athletes, NHL Seattle, Seattle Cascades, and Family First Community Center Foundation. The kits contain a piece of equipment for at home play and a flyer with activities and games to go with the equipment. If you/your organization would like to donate equipment (balls, chalk, frisbees, jump ropes, water balloons, etc.), please email Andrew Bloom.
- Save the Dates (October 14-16) for the Decolonizing Education Conference! The Equity in Education Coalition has announced their 2020 Keynote Speakers.
- Save the Dates (October 27-30) for School’s Out Washington’s annual Bridge Conference: The Seeds We Sow. This multi-day virtual convening is grounded in creating responsive and equitable practices and will focus on exploring, celebrating, and influencing the expanded learning field through the act of solidarity and unified learning. Registration opens July 1, 2020 with Early Bird rate of $225.