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"I loved hearing the idea of ‘teaching’ our staff much like we teach our students by using creative approaches such as game shows or role-playing. I agree that this will get them excited and motivated at a time when they are tired after just completing their regular school-year teaching duties.”

—Jenny Leger, Executive Director, Horizons at Colorado Academy following
the March webinar








2012 Summer Learning Day Webinar


What: Summer Learning Day -- a time to celebrate and advocate for summer learning, nutrition, and physical activity

When: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Summer Learning Day -- June 21, 2012 -- is a time for national celebration and awareness of the important role summer learning programs play in the educational achievement and healthy development of children and youth.

During this webinar, get information and talking points from National Summer Learning Association staff and others who have planned events to get the most out of your Summer Learning Day celebration.

Archived Webinars
New Vision for Summer School Webinar
(Held September 22, 2010)

  • Recording-This file will begin downloading immediately. You can view it in Windows Media Player. Due to technical difficulties, the recording did not begin until five mintues into the presentation.
  • Slide Deck
The Association is excited to offer this series of six webinars designed to support summer learning program leaders. Each webinar looks at a different component of the planning process and offers suggestions for planning a 2010 Summer Learning Day event.

Summer Program Planning: America After 3PM Summer Data Briefing
(Held June 8, 2010)

Jen Rinehart, Vice-President of Research and Policy for the Afterschool Alliance will unveil new findings about the summertime experiences of the nation’s children according to the America After 3 PM survey conducted in Spring 2009. Don’t miss the release of these critical findings designed to help make the case for the integral role summer programs play in the lives of young people. Susanne Sparks, policy manager, will review last-minute check lists and necessary preparations for your Summer Learning Day event. (Summer Learning Day is June 21, but summer learning supporters are encouraged to schedule an event at a time that strategically supports their work, whether that time is during the week of June 21 or afterwards.) This is the final webinar in the series of six from the Association designed to help summer program providers prepare for Summer 2010.

Summer Program Planning: Memorable Field Trips
(Held May 21, 2010)

If you were unable to join this webinar, you can review the slide deck or watch a recording of the webinar

Field trips are fun and can greatly add to a child’s summer learning experience, but how is it possible to ensure learning actually occurs? Jennifer Brady, vice president of member services and program quality, shared strategies for how to incorporate learning into field trips. Susanne Sparks, policy manager, provided tips and encouragement for Summer Learning Day event planners.

Use Federal Funds to Feed Hungry Kids
(Held April 28, 2010)

Federal dollars are available for schools and organizations operating summer programs, to serve nutritious meals to children when school is out. Summer programs can support their summer programs and help their community by operating the Summer Food Program, known as "sponsoring” the program. To learn more about how you can participate in the Summer Nutrition Program, view the slides or listen to a recording of the webinar. The Association has also produced a two page Resources in Brief flyer about federal funding for summer meals.

The featured speakers were Casey Dinkin, an expert at the Food Research Action Center. Ruthellen Phillips, director of Energy Express, a summer program in West Virginia will be on hand to discuss their experience with the Summer Nutrition Program.

Summer Program Planning: Getting Kids in the Door
(Held April 21, 2010)

If you were unable to join this webinar, you can review the slide deck or watch a recording of the webinar

Erin Ulery, former director of professional development, explained how creating a unique summer culture can increase student recruitment and retention. She will also shared best practices and advice for student recruitment. Susanne Sparks, policy manager,  addressed how to invite local stakeholders and policy leaders to a Summer Learning Day event and how to include them in the event activities.

Summer Program Planning: Training Wheels (And Taking Them Off!)
(Held March 22, 2010)

If you were unable to join this webinar, please take an opportunity to review the presentation slides. You can also watch a recording of the webinar.

Following the February discussion of staff recruitment, this webinar addressed the critical issue of staff training. Erin Ulery, former director of professional development, gave tips for planning pre-program professional development and discuss how to move from staff training sessions from "blah” to "a-ha!” Here are some of the online resources she suggested:

Susanne Sparks, policy manager, unveiled Summer Learning Day planning tools from the Association to assist summer program providers. 

Summer Program Planning: Power in the People

If you were unable to join us for this webinar on February 22, 2010, we are pleased to share the presentation.

Former CEO Ron Fairchild kicked off the webinar by providing a national view of the field and responded to questions participants submitted beforehand about funding and sustainability in economically challenging times. Drawing upon the Association's publication, Summer Starts in September: A Strategic Summer Program Planning Guide, Erin Ulery, former director of professional development, gave a broad overview of tasks that program leaders should examine about staff recruitment, developing job descriptions, and staff screening. Susanne Sparks, former policy manager, reviewed planning steps that Summer Learning Day event planners should consider during February of the calendar year.

Summer Program Planning: Avoid the Last Minute Scramble

Review the tips and timeline checks from the first webinar, held January 21, 2010, by viewing the presentation and sharing it with your staff. During this training event, Association staff reviewed the program planning timeline, what tasks program planners should address in January, and what lies ahead.





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