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Secretary Cardona Launches the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative

Ahead of the National Safe School Reopening Summit, U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced the launch of the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative and called on states to use new American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to build effective summer programs to help address the lost instructional and extracurricular time students may have experienced as a result of the pandemic, particularly for underserved communities. 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 CCNetwork with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, will launch in April 2021 and bring education leaders and experts together as they develop their plans for this summer, with a focus on students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The Collaborative will help build capacity for states and school districts, in partnership with other key stakeholders, to use ARP ESSER funds to identify and implement evidence-based summer learning and enrichment strategies that meet the needs of all students

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