Sessions and Speakers

Monday, March 1 – Supercharging Academics and Enrichment in the Summertime

Co-Presenters: Afterschool Alliance and PBS Kids

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A recent New York Times headline reads: “Summer School is a Hot Idea Right Now, Could it Work?” In the words of NSLA’s founder, Dr. Matthew Boulay, “Summer learning is not summer school. In fact, the most successful summer experiences often feel as different from formal schooling as possible.” With CARES Act Relief funding trickling down to states and widening COVID-19 disparities, all eyes are on summer as a strategy to accelerate learning, particularly in reading and math. This “basecamp” session dives into the data on learning loss, a new vision for summer school and offers a blueprint for harnessing the power of summer to support critical reading and math skills in fun and engaging ways.

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Tuesday, March 2 – Powering Healthy Minds and Bodies

Co-Presenters: American Camp Association and Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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Safe places to learn, healthy food, rich community resources, and access to boundless opportunities…every child, regardless of zip code, deserves a joyful, safe and healthy summer. How do we achieve this in a COVID-19 era? With the rollout of vaccinations and new C.D.C. guidelines for school reopening, experts will share the latest health and safety protocols for summer programs and offer best practices to power healthy minds and bodies for learners and leaders alike.

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Wednesday, March 3 – Strength and Conditioning in Program Operations & Partnerships

Co-Presenters: National Afterschool Association and Every Hour Counts

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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Quality is well-defined in summer programs — whether in-person, hybrid, or virtual, certain elements around high-quality, small group instruction, physical and emotional safety, and family involvement hold true. An intentional and impactful program design begins with great vision, leadership, and a solid operational plan that strengthens and conditions your program for the long haul. How will your team build a caring, safe culture and sense of community among students, staff, and families? In what ways will you weave together funding and find community partners to serve more students during the COVID-19 era? Let our “endurance coaches” show you the way.

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Thursday, March 4 – Raising the Bar on SEL and Cultural Relevance in Summer Programs

Co-Presenters: MENTOR, SCOPE, PASE (Partnership for Afterschool Education)

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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According to the C.D.C., mental health-related hospital emergency department visits, between March and October 2020 rose 24 percent for children ages five to eleven and 31 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 17 when compared to the same period in 2019. With a pandemic, a recession, and national racial unrest, the social-emotional health of America’s students has never been more important. Explore how out-of-school programs are uniquely positioned to develop a common vision and quality practices for social-emotional learning, along with what it looks like in advancing equity and culturally relevant teaching and learning experiences.

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Friday, March 5 – Meet the Experts: Office Hours for One-on-One Summer Consultation

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM