In the summer of 2012 and 2013, with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) piloted a teaching fellowship program that paired teachers with local summer learning programs.
Summer learning offers a unique opportunity to develop, test, and refine innovative K-12 teaching approaches. Summer learning programs provide a platform for classroom teachers to engage in flexible learning environments where they can explore youth-driven, project-based approaches that are not often possible in the school year classroom.
The success of the Summer Pathways for Innovation teaching fellowship program suggests that aligning summer programs with the school year has an important impact on school-year effectiveness.
School districts that partner with local community-based organizations support students in a variety of ways, helping to close the achievement gap and prepare them for college and career with 21st century skills. Watch NSLA Teaching Fellow, Gina Tesoriero's video below to learn more.
NSLA's Innovative Pathways to Teaching Reform: Using Connected Learning Develop Tomorrow's Leaders is loaded with inspirational reflections from the teaching fellows, online resources, and curriculum.
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