Advocates and practitioners offer examples of how to plan and implement academic and enrichment programs adapted to students’ varying learning needs and educational circumstances. Examples include programs that serve rural and tribal students, English learners, and students with disabilities.


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    8/12: Cross-sector Collaborations for Equity in Rural Communities

    When planning educational improvements, rural communities have unique assets to draw from and also face special challenges, often including limited resources. Learn about the types of partnerships that have been successful in some rural sites to address inequities and transform schooling. What catalyzes new partnerships in rural areas and sustains working relationships? What role can higher education institutions play? These and other questions will be addressed by panelists.

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    7/22: Summer programming and resources for families to prepare young children for success in early education

    We’ll hear from two initiatives that support young children’s learning and readiness for literacy success. Big Lift provides high-quality preschool followed by “inspiring summers” programming and family engagement initiatives. Michigan’s family engagement framework increases families’ capacities to engage effectively in literacy activities with PreK through grade 3 children.

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    7/8: Serving Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities in Summer Programs

    This Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) supports several technical assistance centers that are charged with supporting education for children with moderate or severe disabilities. Representatives from two centers offer strategies to assist summer and out-of-school programs in becoming more inclusive.

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    7/8: Working with Parent Centers to Engage Families of Students with Disabilities in Summer Learning and Enrichment Programs

    The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) supports a national network of parent centers that work with families of children with disabilities. Hear advice from three different centers about supporting families for summer and out-of-school learning. Learn about the many resources available through the parent centers.

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    7/8: Challenging Assumptions: Teaching and Learning Outside of the Binary

    Participants will explore and challenge their own assumptions about identity while learning how to disrupt conventional methods of teaching and learning. This session will include an interactive activity, best practices to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ students, and a description of ANYTOWN, a successful social justice anti-discrimination program.

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    6/10: High Quality Instruction for Multilingual Learners: Implementing Key Principles

    This tabletop discussion focused on key considerations for developing effective programming for multilingual learners.

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    5/27: Tribal Consultations: Building a Foundation for Partnership

    This tabletop from the 5/27 Virtual Session examines the importance of effective consultation between states, schools, and tribes to improve outcomes for Native students.

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    5/27: Reaching the Hard-to-Reach: Engaging Homeless Children and Families in Summer Programs

    This tabletop discussion from 5/27 Virtual Session explores effective strategies to engage students experiencing homelessness in summer programming.

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    4/27: Supporting All Students: Best Practices for Engaging and Serving Older, High School Youth This Summer

    This tabletop discussion from Day 2 of the National Convening on 4/27 offers strategies for successfully engaging older youth in summer programming including providing leadership training and workforce development opportunities.

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    4/27: Tailoring Supports for Rural & Tribal Youth

    This tabletop discussion from Day 2 of the National Convening on 4/27 explores holistic approaches to providing summer programming in rural and tribal communities.

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    4/27: Strategies for Supporting Special Populations

    This tabletop discussion from Day 2 of the National Convening, 4/27 focuses on key considerations for supporting students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

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