Friday, November 7, 2014

Preview of 2015 Bridging the Bay Workshops

NOTE: Most workshops will touch on more than one of the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs, but for convenience, we are listing titles according to a major focus of that session.   

Safe and Supportive Environments
  • Words Hurt! Tools to Prevent and Address Bullying
  • Restorative Practices: Using Engaging Community Building Activities
  • Cultivating a Culture of Peace through Movement and Games

Active and Engaged Learning / Common Core
  • This is Why We’re Hot: Aligning to Common Core and Habits of Mind
  • Lesson Planning Made Simple
  • Sparking a Love of Literacy in Afterschool    

Skill Building / Common Core
  • Write Right!    
  • Math Skill Building for Student Success
  • Hack the Hood! Project-Based Tech Learning

Youth Voice and Leadership / Social-Emotional Skills
  • Giving Voice to Male Youth of Color – A Project Based Learning Approach
  • Creating a Toolbox for Social-Emotional Learning

Healthy Choices and Behaviors
  • Rising Above the Noise: Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Quick, Easy and Fun Nutrition Lessons
  • Head, Hands, Heart and Health: Incorporating Healthy Living Concepts

Diversity, Access and Equity
  • Yes, She Can! Creating Girl-Friendly Environments
  • Opening Your Doors to Youth with Disabilities: Steps to Take

Quality Staff
  • Supporting Staff Learning on the Job
  • Youth Development for Middle and High School Students 
  • Trauma and Self-Help Strategies

Continuous Quality Improvement
  • STEM Education: Bring Exploration and Design to your Programs
  • Transform Continuous Quality Improvement from a Chore to a Game

Program Management / Summer Learning
  • Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input
  • Vision-Driven Summer Planning

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bridging the Bay 2015 - Registration Open!

The 6th Annual Bridging the Bay Conference is only a few months away - save the date and register today! Oakland Unified School District will be hosting the conference at Bret Harte Middle School. Read below for important updates for conference attendees and presenters.

January 30-31, 2015 at Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland, CA.

Outreach Flyer:
Download the conference flyer here!

Important Schedule Updates:
This year our Friday conference schedule will allow for TWO workshops prior to lunch, and ONE workshop after lunch. Our Saturday schedule will remain the same. See below for timing.

Exhibitor Registration:
Register today to be an exhibitor at the conference. Visit and search for #PD3091.

BTB 2015 - Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

The 6th Annual Bridging the Bay Conference is now accepting workshop proposals. Workshops may be designed for front-line staff, site coordinators, school administrators, teacher liaisons, program managers, agency directors and/or district coordinators who support after school programming throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Workshops that connect to the California Department of Education Afterschool Division's Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs are highly recommended. Please connect your workshop to one or more of the Quality Standards.

Deadline to Submit:  
November 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BTB 2014 - Raffle Prize Winners!

Jodi Jones
Napa County Office of Education
$1,200.00 Flocabulary Site License for 1 year
Autumn Belnap
Up On Top – Tenderloin Community Elementary School, SFUSD
Night Owl Covert Mini Video-DVR
Sharlyne Sarinas
FEC Galing Bata Afterschool Program – SFUSD
Night Owl Covert Mini Video-DVR

Sarah Nostdal
Reading Partners – Hillcrest Elementary – SFUSD
Book: “Lego Space – Building the Future”
(sponsoring exhibitor No Starch Press donated)
Liv Karen
Bay Area Community Resources -Sunnyside Elementary, SFUSD
Book: “Botany on Your Plate – Investigating the Plants We Eat”
Linda Ngu
McKinley Elementary – SFUSD
Book: “Math In The Garden, Hands-On Activities That Bring Math To Life”
Tet Naval
FEC Galing Bata Afterschool Program – SFUSD
Book: “Survive – Inside the Human Body” (sponsoring exhibitor No Starch Press donated)

For more details please contact Freddie at

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Room Changes and Workshop Updates.

We have a few room changes and workshop descriptions to update - please review below - and click here to download the full program.

Check the easel in the entrance lobby for updates.

Workshop Grade Level Revisions:
  • Soccer, Teamwork, and Story-Based Learning - K-6
  • Engaging Learning Activities with PBS Resources - Gr. 6-12
Room Changes – NO GYM USE!
We're unable to use the gym on campus - the following room changes have been made to workshops previously listed in the gym:

·         Session 1: Soccer, Teamwork, and Story-Based Learning - moved to Little Theater (Room 140) and possibly outdoors in quad, weather permitting
·         Session 2: Creating a Classroom Culture of Peace Through Movement and Games - moved to Little Theater (Room 140)
·         Session 3: Improvisation and Beach Ball Literacy! - moved to Auditorium Stage

·         Session 1: Raising Self-Esteem Through Creative Fitness Activities - moved to Little Theater (Room 140)

Saturday Workshop Additions and Cancellations:
CANCELLED! Implementing a Fantastic, Fun-Filled Academic (STEAM) After School Curriculum

NEW ADDITION! Creating Respect and Safety, Rosalinda Mancillas: Room 106, Session 2 (12:30 – 2:00pm)
In this workshop participants will explore their own relationship to safety and support by understanding their "frame" - all the things that make up who we are and how we view situations. Our frame is made up of values we hold, our culture and background, and life experiences. Participants will identify their frame for exploring the deeper issues of privilege, anti-oppression, and ally building – and how this impacts youth work.

JUST ADDED TO SESSION 3! Join In the Circle: Singing Together for Group Harmony and Joy, Betsy Rose: Room 221, Session 3 (2:15 – 3:45pm)
You don’t have to be a musician to get everyone singing! Songs help a group come together, calm down, and focus, and can teach valuable life skills of emotional literacy, self-regulation, honoring diversity, and respect for self and others. Come learn new songs, and gain confidence in how to bring lively and thoughtful music into your program. Receive practical resources, and valuable tips on using music to engage your youth and support positive group management.

Saturday Workshop Description Update (description in program is incorrect):
Program Environment & Safety, Eva Meyers: Room 203, Saturday, Session 2
Come learn about Positive Behavior Guidance, Developing Youth as Conflict Mediators, Bullying Prevention - and more! In this workshop you will learn how to use tools from the ELC Resource Guide’s chapter on Program Environment and Safety (Chapter 5), a chapter filled with tools that will help you improve your program's physical and emotional environment. Join us to learn how to use the guide to make improvements in your program that you can implement right away! This workshop is appropriate for both staff working directly with youth, and for program managers/coordinators.

Friday, January 24, 2014

View the Full 2014 BTB Conference Program with complete workshop descriptions for each day

Click here to download the full 2014 Bridging the Bay Conference Program!

The TRIBES workshop is now closed - check in at the conference to see if there is space available.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BTB 2014 - Conference News and Updates

Workshop Titles and Schedule Posted:

Scroll down for workshop times for both Friday and Saturday. For complete descriptions of all workshops download the complete conference program here.