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 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.

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.


Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Steve Perry, #1 Education Speaker and Daytime TV Host

PLENARY: Opening Keynote Address, Tuesday, October 22

We are honored to have Dr. Steve Perry , one of the most sought after educators in America, join us as our opening keynote speaker 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.

Closing Keynote Speaker

NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.

PLENARY:  Wednesday, October 23

NSLA is honored to have NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo join us as our closing keynote speaker for Wednesday, October 23, when he will share his humanitarian work to improve outcomes for children. Mr. Mutombo was born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University and graduated from Georgetown with dual degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy. He is fluent in nine languages, including five African languages.

He played professional basketball for 18 years with the Houston Rockets before retiring in 2009. Giving back has always been a trademark of Mutombo ever since he entered the NBA in 1991. The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Leadership Series for Non-Profit Executives

Monday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 23

NSLA has created a new leadership track and curated special sessions focused on your distinctive role as a non-profit executive leader. Throughout the three-day conference, you’ll:

  • Explore the policy landscape for youth and families;
  • Tap into the trends and best practices in non-profit leadership and community system-building;
  • Network directly with foundation and corporate leaders and;
  • Discover scalable strategies to meet the wide array of summer and after-school learning needs of all children.

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Community Town Hall

Join the National Summer Learning Association on Monday, October 21, 2019 – 5:00 – 6:30 pm for a Town Hall where we will delve into the recent findings and priorities in the report, explore national education trends, and examine strategies for sustaining and funding high quality summer opportunities so all young people can grow and thrive every summer. This is a free but ticketed event with a reception after. RSVP is required by Thursday, October 17, 2019. Visit http://bit.ly/SummerTownHall to RSVP.

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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

Carefully planned summer learning programs provide youth with life-changing experiences, so it’s important to begin that in mind, and establish definite goals and steps to achieve them. These sessions utilize strategies from The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit and NSLA’s Summer Starts in September guide to take a deeper dive into planning your summer program.

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Pre-Conference Library Session

Join the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) at its Summer Changes Everything™ national conference in Atlanta, GA for a day-long session that explores the seismic shift in summer as librarians evolve to create innovative learning environments for diverse learners, community partnerships that make programs sizzle, and data driven practices with quality at the core.

Pre-Conference Library Session


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 through college.

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Exhibitor Opportunities

A targeted summer learning audience means your message can be streamlined to fit the needs of summer program providers.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.

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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

Summer Changes Everything™ is supported by: