Summer Learning Toolkit

After months of virtual learning, there’s no doubt summer learning will look a little different, too.

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June 2020, Volume 43, Issue 10

Principals are essential to the success of summer learning programs that inspire, motivate, and challenge students. Ending a school year in a whirlwind of navigating students’ virtual learning, it’s no doubt this summer will look a little different, too, in terms of summer learning.

NAESP has collected and vetted a variety of resources to help principals run high-quality summer learning programs for children and youth.

  • Investing in Staff: This resource from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) focuses on the impact of providing staff with hands-on curriculum, professional development, and quality assessment.
  • Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Research shows that summertime can widen the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more-affluent peers. RAND researchers offer strategies for summer learning initiatives and their effects on student outcomes.
  • Increasing Access: The NSLA offers key steps you can take this summer to increase access to high-quality summer learning, meals, and job opportunities in your community.
  • Supporting Voluntary Summer Learning: According to this The Wallace Foundation Survey, students who attended voluntary summer learning programs showed several academic gains, including improvements in math and reading.

Check out the Afterschool and Summer Learning Toolkit for additional resources like summer learning program evaluation tools and research and policy information.


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