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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.

Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent at NBC News

Rehema Ellis 2016Rehema Ellis was named NBC News’ Chief Education Correspondent in 2010. Her reports regularly appear on “NBC Nightly News,” “TODAY,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com. Ellis joined NBC News in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent. She began her broadcast career at KDKA Radio and TV in Pittsburgh. Later, she worked in Boston at WHDH-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor. Ellis has been part of NBC’s coverage of major breaking stories, including the attacks on the World Trade Center. She also reported on Hurricane Katrina, the death of Michael Jackson and the Haiti earthquake. Ellis was part of NBC’s Emmy award-winning coverage of the plane successfully landing in the Hudson River in 2008.

In 2009, she won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration. Ellis has also been honored with numerous additional awards, including Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism. Born in North Carolina, and raised in Boston, she graduated from Simmons College in Boston and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Ellis currently lives in New York City with her son.

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

Shawn Ginwright 2016Dr. 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.”

Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle

Ed Murray 2016Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, whose focus on youth and reducing youth disparities through better alignment of resources and coordination across systems and agencies resulted in increased youth employment opportunities and access to summer meals last year.

Mayor Murray recently launched an effort to gather community input on how the City can help address the opportunity gap and disparities in our public schools. Learn more about how Seattle is making summer a time of opportunity for young people in NSLA’s latest Funding Resource Guide.

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.

Meg Pitman, National Director of Youth Development & Outcomes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Meg-Pitman-2016Meg has spent the last twenty years developing expertise in youth development impact measurement and program assessment, collective impact, restorative justice, and social and emotional learning. Meg is well known in youth development and education settings as a tenaciously positive leader who is able to mobilize divergent groups around collaborative change initiatives for youth and families. Beginning her career in Nike’s Community Affairs department, Meg had the opportunity early on to design and fund large scale initiatives for national youth development organizations. As the Vice President of Quality, Impact and Partnerships for the third largest Boys & Girls Club in the country, Meg spent the last nine years developing and implementing proven high-quality programs in education, youth social entrepreneurialism, violence prevention, employment and health. Recently she has begun her role as National Director of Youth Development & Outcomes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. A position which will utilize her past experience to scale high-quality youth development practice nationally. Meg received her BA in psychology from Lewis & Clark College and an MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. When Meg isn’t working alongside her partners to create opportunity for youth, you can find her enjoying ‘moving meditation’ while snowboarding on a mountain or throwing a Frisbee for Jake the wonder dog.

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!

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.

Pre-Conference Training Institute
Monday, October 24
Training Title Pricing
Morning Pre-Conference Institute
Summer Starts in September: Your Ultimate Planning Guide
Afternoon Pre-Conference Training
Teambuliding: Is It All Just Fun and Games?
Expanding Access to Opportunity: Library-School-Community Partnerships for Summer Learning
Attend the morning session and an afternoon session $395
2-Day Conference Registration
Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26
Training Title Pricing
Early Bird – Tier 1 $475
Summer Rate – Tier 2 $525
Regular Rate – Tier 3
NOW – October 12
Onsite Rate – Tier 4
October 13 – Onsite
1-Day Conference Registration $395

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.