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Resources to Help Guide Your Summer Learning Program

From research reports and case studies to our popular hands-on toolkit, these materials can help you plan a high-quality summer program
July 13, 2022 2 Min Read

​​​​​​​The school bell may have stopped ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. In honor of this year’s National Summer Learning Week, here are some helpful reports, tools and articles to guide your summer program. And don’t forget to check out the National Summer Learning Association to discover summer programs, additional resources and more during this week-long celebration.

supporting-quality-in-summer-learning-full-report-a.jpgSupporting Quality in Summer Learning: How Districts Plan, Develop, and Implement Programs

School district-led summer programs play a critical role in supporting students academically and providing them with enriching experiences. Drawing on existing research and the perspectives of policymakers and field professionals, this recently released report looks at the policies, practices and resources that go into the planning, development and operation of these programs.​

summer-for-all-building-coordinated-networks-promote-summer-learning-a.jpgSummer for All: Building Coordinated Networks to Promote Access to Quality Summer Learning and Enrichment Opportunities Across a Community

This report looks at how schools, community-based organizations and other civic organizations in four cities formed coordinated networks to increase access to high-quality summer programming for young people.



blog-pandemic-summer-post-lg-feature.jpgTwo Summer Programs Inch Towards Normal as Covid Subsides ​

Summer programs could be a key to addressing lost instructional and extracurricular time from COVID-19, and summer program leaders can learn a lot from the past two summers. Read about how two programs in New York and New Jersey have adapted to help young people through the pandemic, and how they’ve been preparing for this unpredictable summer.

Getting-to-Work-on-Summer-Learning-2nd-ed-a.jpgGetting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success, 2nd ed. 

This report addresses questions about how to implement a high-quality summer learning program and offers evidence-based recommendations on such topics as timing, hiring and training, and how to recruit students. It also discusses the costs associated with offering a voluntary summer program and provides suggestions for lowering them, such as working with community-based organizations and consolidating program sites into as few buildings as possible.​

blog-summer-learning-toolkit.jpgSummer Learning Toolkit 

One of our most popular resources, the Summer Learning Toolkit consists of more than 50, evidence-based tools and resources drawn from the work of five urban school districts and their partners, and aligned with research from RAND. It might be a bit late to start planning this year, but it’s never too early to start the pre-planning for next summer!

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