National Conference

Register for our National Conference in Atlanta!

Join hundreds of out-of-school time leaders from across the nation at the National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) national conference, Summer Changes Everything™, October 21-23, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Summer Changes Everything™ is the only conference exclusively focused on summer learning. The conference will provide attendees insights and solutions into the evolution of the field from closing academic achievement gaps to now addressing opportunity gaps and fostering social-emotional learning.


Keynote Speaker – Dr. Steve Perry, Revolutionizing Education in America

We are honored to have Dr. Steve Perry , one of the most sought after educators in America, join us as our keynote spear this year. Dr. Perry is the educator Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. His unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Perry’s leadership and enthusiasm for education helps us all realize the power of summer to unlock potential and growth in every student. NSLA thanks Dr. Perry for lending his voice our 2019 Smarter Summers PSA campaign.

Listen to the PSA


Documentary Screening – Roadtrip Nation “Beating the Odds”

Join us for a screening of Roadtrip Nation’s documentary film, “Beating the Odds,” made possible with the support of the college readiness experts at ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, featuring inspiring advice from former First Lady Michelle Obama and other leaders who overcame unbelievable obstacles to succeed to and through college.

Watch the Trailer


Workshop Sessions

Conference attendees can expect a robust and informational schedule of events that will expose them to innovative and scalable strategies to meet the summer and after-school learning needs of all children. This year’s conference will include a town hall with Georgia Summer Advocates on the state of summer learning in Atlanta.

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Pre-Conference Training Institute

In the morning, participants will examine quality standards and share practice ideas for using them in a continuous program improvement cycle. The afternoon session takes a deeper dive into tools you can use now in planning your summer program. Both workshops make extensive use of the Summer Starts in September guide.

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Exhibitor Opportunities

If you have products and services designed for educators and administrators, serving summer learning, after school, and out-of-school time professionals, you should attend our conference. The exhibit hall will feature demonstrations, activities, and special offers for conference attendees from YOU, our exhibitors.

5 Reasons to Exhibit

Become a Summer Learning Supporter

Support NSLA’s efforts to convince, connect, and equip program providers, education leaders, families, and communities to deliver high-quality summer learning opportunities to our nation’s children and youth in order to help close the achievement and opportunity gap and support healthy development.

Sponsorship Opportunities

“Great conference vibe – everyone seemed happy to be present!” – Allie Cicotte, Senior Programs Manager,  Blueprint4Summer, Clayton, MO

Summer Changes Everything™ is supported by: