With the pandemic waning, educators and youth-oriented organizations across the country are focused on providing children with opportunities to accelerate their learning and expand their social-emotional well-being. Summer provides a unique opportunity to do so, and state and local education agencies have unprecedented funding from the American Rescue Plan to support the development and expansion of summer learning and enrichment programs.
The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative ("The Collaborative") is a professional learning community that supports organizations that are partnering to provide summer programs that ignite a love for learning, exploration, and enjoyment for students, particularly those hardest hit by the pandemic, and educators alike.
Through a series of virtual learning offerings (organized and available under six broad topics), the Collaborative is building the capacity of all 50 states and territories, along with school districts and partners, to:
- Understand how to leverage federal funds to expand summer programming
- Capitalize on partnerships across educational, non-profit, philanthropic, and community-based organizations to maximize learning opportunities for children
- Apply evidence-based practices to local program design
Check back here for more information about Collaborative events, opportunities to connect to partners, and evidence-based resources to support your organization’s work.
If you are returning, welcome back!
We continue to add new materials and encourage you to:
- Check-out new resources organized by topical area
Upcoming Virtual Sessions
The next virtual sessions will be held on June 24. Registration will open on June 13.
Future virtual sessions of the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative will be held on July 8 & 22, and August 12 from 3:00 – 5:00pm EDT.
Six Topics: Advice from Expert Practitioners
These six broad topics organize the videos, powerpoints, Q&A, and other resources from the presentations and discussions offered during the Spring and Summer 2021 as part of the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative.
Each topic encompasses a variety of themes related to how states, communities, and districts are employing resources in the American Rescue Plan to provide opportunities for students who have been most affected by the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Addressing a full range of student needs
Meeting students’ social-emotional needs has become paramount for those who want to help students succeed academically. Program leaders share ideas for creating a positive learning climate and developing community connections to support students and their families.
Attracting/supporting staff for summer programs
Meet the challenge of engaging staff for summer programs by reaching out to new sources and diversifying the pool of educators who work with students. Consider incentives that appeal and supports to help educators maintain their energy and enthusiasm for working with students.
Building school-community partnerships
Learn about how to engage a diverse set of partners, implement effective consultation practices, and build and sustain working relationships. Partnerships are important at every level to accomplish goals for students but they require leadership, effective communication tools, and ongoing attention.
Evidence-based learning and enrichment strategies
Researchers have documented positive outcomes from a variety of programs, leading to recommended design principles and instructional strategies to incorporate in summer plans. Practitioners share how they implement evidence-based principles in different settings.
Tailoring supports to specific populations
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.