Summer Learning Toolkit
Helping Educators Deliver Programs
During the summer, low-income students lose ground compared to their wealthier peers. But summer can also be a time to help level the playing field through high-quality, summer learning programs that research shows produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning.
With 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—the Summer Learning Toolkit helps educators deliver programs that make a real difference.
What's in the Summer Learning Toolkit?
The Toolkit includes four kinds of resources:
- Tool: Customizable resources, e.g., program observations;
- Sample: Documents used by five urban districts and their partners, e.g., staff handbooks, position descriptions and enrollment forms;
- Tip Sheet: Additional advice from field experts on how to use materials on each topic;
- Guidance: For each tool, sample, and tip sheet, an explanation of what it is, why it’s important (with connections to research), who can benefit from it and tips for effective use.
Click here to learn more about the National Summer Learning Project and how the Toolkit’s materials were developed.
Planning & Management
Tools to help you plan, budget for, sustain and assess the quality of the program.
Academics & Enrichment
Ideas for selecting and modifying curriculum and partnering with enrichment providers.
Staffing & Professional Development
Sample job descriptions and staffing agreements and tips for planning high-quality professional development.
Sample staff handbooks and tips for creating a positive program environment.
Student Recruitment & Attendance
Best practices for marketing the program and creating a warm and welcoming environment.