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Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative 8/12 Event

During our final virtual session of the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative on August 12, we will focus on conversation on our most important stakeholders: students! This session will offer opportunities to reflect on the decisions we made this summer, how we can reimagine what is possible in creating safe, supportive, exciting spaces for students to learn and thrive, and how we can carry these lessons forward as we head back to school.  Our session will begin with a conversation between Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and a panel of inspiring students to discuss how they have been impacted by summer programs and offer their advice to education leaders for how to reimagine, redesign and rebuild engaging learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. We will also be joined by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the latest updates on guidance and resources for healthy and safe return to school.  Following the opening plenary, participants can choose to participate in Tabletop Discussions on topics including:

  • Creating data sharing agreements between community-based organizations and schools     
  • Conducting after-action reviews to identify lessons from summer programming
  • Utilizing vacation academies as a strategy for high-power learning during school breaks
  • Engaging a full community in planning summer programming and return to school
  • Building cross-sector collaborations for equity in rural communities
  • Strengthening year-round out-of-school programming

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New ARP Resource Launched

New Resource: COVID-19 Recovery and the Strategic Use of Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

This multimedia package was compiled from a workshop was co-sponsored by Region 2, 13, and 15 in collaboration with the National Center. The workshop was designed to discuss the implications of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, assist state education agencies (SEA) in strategic planning with featured examples of states' approaches, and provide opportunities for state specific and cross-state planning and discussion. A discussion/planning tool is provided for SEA use.

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Education Stories from the Field Phase 2 Timeline Launched!

Education Stories from the Field Phase 2: Maintaining Education Quality across Pandemic Schooling Models

In April 2021, the National Center posted the first installment of “Education Stories from the Field: Leading During a Global Pandemic,” a series of in-depth interviews with state education leaders in Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming that documented the experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic response at a state level. In a new installment recently published, the National Center checks back in with these state chiefs to learn about their decision-making processes, the lessons they learned, and the challenges they encountered as they led their states through the first six months of a school year unlike any other.

Click here to read the blog.

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Secretary Cardona Launches the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative

The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative is a professional learning community that brings relevant stakeholders to the table to discuss how to build effective plans for high-quality, evidence-based summer learning and enrichment. The Collaborative, a partnership of the U.S. Department of Education with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association with support from the CCNetwork and other national partners launched with a National Convening in April 2021.

Click here to read more in a Press Release from ED

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