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The National Summer Learning Association and School’s Out Washington will co-host the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, October 24-26, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

The National Summer Learning Association joins School’s Out Washington to present, Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Excellence and Equity in Education, October 24-26 in Seattle, Washington.

This event will bring together the nation’s top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs.

Practitioners, policymakers, funders and researchers from across the out-of-school time field will share leading ideas and forge a path for the future as we dare to disrupt the role of afterschool and summer in an emerging new learning frontier.

Featured Speakers

Sarah Pitcock, CEO at NSLA

Sarah Pitcock 2016Sarah joined the Center for Summer Learning in 2006 and held progressive leadership roles in research and training prior to being appointed CEO of the National Summer Learning Association in 2013. Sarah is a leading expert on summer learning research, practice and policy.


Tavin Dotson is an active delegate in the Washington State YMCA Youth & Government program. He serves as the Speaker Pro Tempore for the statewide legislative conference. Outside of Youth & Government he works at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and does technical theater support with the Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts in Port Angeles. Post high school, Tavin plans on attending the University of Washington to earn a Bachelors of the Fine Arts degree in theater, and eventually a Master’s in Stage Management.

Hikma Sherka, 19, is born and raised in Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States when she was 11 years old. She is currently completing her Associates of Arts degree at Seattle Central College with a goal to transfer to a 4-year University and pursue a career as a civil rights attorney. Hikma, strongly believes that all who has the right to vote must vote, “The first thing I did when I turned 18 was fill out my voter registration form. Not too long ago, being Black and being a woman would have prevented me from voting. Today, being Black and a woman are the reasons why I vote.” When Hikma is not in school, she volunteers and teaches at her Mosque and serves as Youth Board Vice President. In addition, she is a youth organizer with the King County Youth Advisory Council, learning, engaging and organizing with her peers to address barriers that young people face in their communities.

Qymoni Wells, 18, early in his life, has seen and experienced how poverty plays in his community – homelessness, drugs and violence. He made a commitment to himself and his community to break the cycle of poverty and to promote opportunity through his work as a youth organizer with the King County Youth Advisory Council and Opportunity Youth United.  “I want to make changes not just for me but for others that have had the same struggles I have or who have had it worse.” He is currently working on his GED at Multiservice Center in Federal Way and hopes to one day become a police officer to keep the peace in communities. Moni aspires to affect change in the school and juvenile systems, and one of the steps to get there is to speak up and take action in both local and national elections.

Amity Addrisi, Journalist at KING TV (NBC Seattle - Tacoma)

Amity Addrisi came to KING from California where she built her career working in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Bakersfield. As an Emmy Award winning journalist with over a decade of experience she’s uncovered injustice through her investigative reporting, gotten up close and personal with many California wildfires and covered stories that captivated the nation, including the Jaycee Lee Dugard case.

Unlike many of her peers Amity did not study communications or broadcasting in college; instead she fell in love with journalism during an internship at KNBC, Los Angeles. Amity received her B.S. in English Literature at the University of California, at Los Angeles where she also studied Geology.

Her passion for Earth Science was a driving factor for settling in the Pacific Northwest. She finds the complexities of the regional geology both fascinating and important in regards to education and preparation.

When she’s not at work, she has her hands full with her busy toddler and husband. Amity and her family have chosen the Pacific Northwest as a place to grow roots and have already fallen in love with the people and surrounding beauty.

Hyeok Kim, Deputy Mayor of Seattle

Hyeok Kim is Deputy Mayor for the City of Seattle focused on external and community relations. She was appointed to this position by Mayor Ed Murray in January 2014, becoming the first Asian American woman to hold such a position in Seattle’s history. Deputy Mayor Kim is responsible for helping to develop and promote meaningful connections and relationships between the Mayor’s office and city government with the diverse neighborhoods and communities of Seattle, and with state, federal, and international partners. She also leads special projects and strategic initiatives on the Mayor’s behalf.

Before joining the Murray Administration, she was Executive Director of InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), a nonprofit affordable housing and community development corporation based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. Prior to that, she was a senior policy analyst for Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and the House Democratic Caucus in the Washington State Legislature, where she staffed affordable housing, human services, foster care, welfare and workforce development, and early learning issues.

Over the past decade and a half, Deputy Mayor Kim has volunteered extensively in the community and in civic life. She is a former Commissioner on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (2010-2013), which is part of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has served on the Boards of the Northwest Area Foundation, a philanthropic organization that serves an eight-state region with a mission to alleviate poverty, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). In 2010, she was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow and in 2010-2011, she was a Casey Fellow through the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship Program.

Deputy Mayor Kim is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of five. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she and her family lived in publicly-subsidized housing through much of her childhood and adolescence. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband.

Nicole Stein, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Umpqua Bank

As Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Umpqua Bank, Nicole Stein has been instrumental in creating innovative community engagement programs that position Umpqua as a leader in its markets.

During the fall of 2003, Stein launched Umpqua’s Connect Volunteer Network, an inventive community outreach program that provides all full-time employees with an annual allotment of 40 hours of paid time off during the workday to volunteer at a youth or community development-related nonprofit organization of their choosing. Since 2003, Stein has grown the program to include on average 75% annual participation by associates and a record 53,000 hours of volunteered community service time in 2015. The program is also one of the most attributed factors FORTUNE magazine cited for including Umpqua on its list of “100 Best Companies To Work For”.

In addition to Connect, Stein is the Managing Director of the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, Umpqua primary investment effort designed to uphold Umpqua Bank’s financial commitment to its communities. Recognizing the strong connection between educational attainment and economic prosperity, the Foundation aims to improve outcomes for children by advancing youth development and education initiatives and creating economic opportunity. Annually, she oversees more than $3 million in contributions and community sponsorships throughout the Umpqua footprint.

Additionally, Stein developed the Associate Giving Campaign, which allows associates to make nonprofit donations through regularly scheduled payroll deductions. In 2015, this included an additional $500,000 to nonprofit organizations.

With Stein at the helm, Umpqua’s community efforts have earned several awards, including the Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award for Outstanding Volunteer Program, Oregon School Board Association Salute to Success Award and E3 Catalyst Award.

Stein is also an active member of the Program Committee for Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington and an advisory council member for Portland’s A Home for Everyone initiative.

Before joining Umpqua Bank in 2002, Stein attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and studied biology and psychology. She also spent a year in Japan teaching English to high school students through the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme. She holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Portland State University and a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Senior Research Associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy

Dr. Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth activism and development, who serves as the Senior Research Associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy as well as Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Dr. Ginwright is the author of “Hope and Healing in Urban Education” and “Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America.”

Ann Dornfeld, Education Reporter at KUOW Public Radio

Ann Dornfeld covers education for KUOW.

She previously worked as a roving freelance public radio reporter, focusing on environmental issues, for KUOW and national shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Environment Report and Marketplace. Ann has reported on a rare bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, penguin habitat loss in South Africa, mangrove destruction in the U.S. Virgin Islands, coral reef conservation in Bonaire and invasive lionfish in the Bahamas. She covered a major earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, for NPR News and The World.

Before that, Ann was a reporter and Morning Edition host at KLCC Public Radio in Eugene, Oregon, and had internships at KUOW and Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start spinning hip-hop records at the radio station of Oregon State University, where she majored in biology and environmental sciences.

She has won awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Ann has received both investigative and data reporting awards from the Education Writers Association for her coverage of ongoing recess cutbacks and physical education shortages in Seattle-area schools.

Yolie Flores, Chief Program Officer at the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Yolie Flores 2016Yolie Flores serves as Chief Program Officer for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and leads the work on School Readiness and Successful Parents. Ms. Flores supports over 240 communities in their efforts to ensure that more children from low-income families are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Ms. Flores also served as Vice President of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education where she led efforts to challenge the culture of failure for children from low-income families and children of color.

Carla Santorno, Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools

Carla Santorno is currently the Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. She worked in the deputy role for Tacoma for two years before taking the superintendent position. Carla got her start in education in Denver, Colorado. Born in Kansas, Mrs. Santorno attended Denver Public Schools, where she later spent 28 years of her career as a teacher, principal and area superintendent. Prior to coming to Tacoma, she worked as the chief academic officer for the Seattle School District.

Carla’s primary goal as superintendent is to increase student achievement. She stays close to teachers and strives to provide them the support they need to effectively educate Tacoma’s students. Connecting with all the players in the district – from parents to teachers, food service workers, bus drivers and custodial staff, is a part of her vision to create an aligned focus from classroom to classroom, and school to school.

Under Carla’s leadership, Tacoma Public Schools has initiated unique partnerships which have positive results for the Tacoma school community. The partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority has provided housing vouchers for students at a low income, high mobility elementary school. The vouchers are tied to parent engagement and housing stability. Partnerships with three local four year colleges and universities, both public and private, have yielded gap financial funding for qualified low income students, priority admission to education programs with guaranteed teacher interviews at graduation from college, and a whole child district initiative designed to provide a sustainable system for insuring high quality social emotional learning for students PK-12.

Policy work with the Tacoma Board of Directors has resulted in a strong strategic plan with high, but achievable benchmarks. Progress is outlined on a quarterly basis. An advanced data system and a strong project management office insures transparency regarding that progress. All results are posted on the Tacoma Public School website.

Finally, Carla has strong, solid, urban experience, and has had success in raising student achievement. Tacoma’s graduation rate for the Class of 2015 reached 82.6 percent – the highest since the state began tracking that statistic in 2003 and the fifth straight year of gains. Carla believes in strong communication and community connection. The first person in her family to graduate from high school, she has learned personally how powerful education can be, and wants to ensure that all children have the same opportunities.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Exhibit or become a sponsor at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning!

The National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning provides the opportunity to showcase your products and services to more than 700 program managers, administrators, youth workers, teachers, school district leaders, researchers and policy makers from across the country.

Join the National Summer Learning Association and School’s Out Washington in Seattle, October 24 – 26, 2016 for the opportunity to:

Expand Access

Promote your products and services to key decision makers in the out-of-school time field


Build Awareness

Network with participants during the two-day conference

Interested in becoming a conference exhibitor or sponsor?
Contact Ryan Berlin at Ryan@SummerLearning.org.
2015 National Conference on Summer LEarning Opening Session Speakers


The Dare to Disrupt! national conference is heading to Seattle, Washington, October 24-26, 2016! We are SOLD OUT!

With growing momentum at the federal, state and local levels, it’s an exciting time to bring together practitioners, policymakers, funders and researchers from across the out-of-school time spectrum to share leading ideas and forge a path for the future.

At the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, you will discover game-changing strategies, partnerships and people as we dare to disrupt the role of afterschool and summer in an emerging new learning frontier.

Conference Hotel and Travel

The 2016 National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning will be held at The Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington.


Thank you for your interest in attending our conference. The Westin Seattle has sold out of rooms at our conference rate, and is close to selling out of all rooms during our conference. You are welcome to contact the hotel directly to book a room, or you can reach out to any of the following hotels to secure a hotel room. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle.


Conference Location

The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101, United States

Hotel Reservations: (866) 716-8108

Mayflower Park Hotel

405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8700

Hotel Ändra

2000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-8600

Hotel Max Seattle

620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-6299

Additional Information

Bring the entire team and save!

NSLA is pleased to offer groups of 5 or more a special registration rate. This group rate is only applicable for full two-day conference registrants from the same organization or the Summer Opportunity Leadership Community and all must register at the same time.

Groups of five to nine (5-9) will save 5% off and groups of ten (10+) or more will save 10% off each full two-day conference registration. This discount program is only available to registrants who pre-register for the conference and will not be available on-site.

A key contact for each group must register each individual within the group during the same session and receive an order summary and confirmation for the entire group. Each member of the group will receive an individual email confirmation.

All registrations must be entered at the same time to qualify for the group rate. The savings will appear on the payment summary page (before payment information is submitted).

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received by September 23, 2016 in writing by email or fax. A processing fee of $50 will be deducted from the refund of each cancelled registration. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after September 23, 2016. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.