2019 Conference Highlights

The National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) 2019 national conference, Summer Changes Everything™ in Atlanta, Georgia was a rousing success. This year NSLA hosted more than 500 attendees over three days in Atlanta with conference attendees spanning the U.S. and the world: 36 states plus the District of Columbia, Canada, and Australia. We also recognized four exceptional programs during our 2019 Summer Learning Awards presentation and you could win too! The Call for Submissions for the 2020 Summer Learning Awards are now open through December 4! Visit www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-awards to enter today.

NSLA thanks the many sponsors, exhibitors, partners, and attendees for joining us and participating in informative and innovative sessions that provided insights and solutions into the evolution of the field from closing academic achievement gaps to now addressing opportunity gaps and fostering social-emotional learning.

Summer champions took to social media to share their experiences and spread the word that summers matter for our nation’s children. Their voices gave rise to nearly 2 million social media impressions during the three-day event. NSLA is pleased to present these highlights and memorable moments from the conference and we hope to see you again for our next convening.

See Twitter Moments See NSLA’s Mobile Social Wall

Opening Keynote Address with Dr. Steve Perry and Closing Plenary Panel with Dikembe Mutombo and Friends

Opening Keynote Address: EmPOWERing Parents & Students for Summer Success

Dr. Steve Perry, Founder & Head of Capital Preparatory Schools & Daytime TV Host, gave an inspiring, opening keynote address, "Fire is Hot, Water is Wet," in which he stressed the importance of empowering parents & students for summer success through expanded learning opportunities, and family and community engagement.

Closing Keynote Panel, Sponsored by Jr. NBA - The Power of Sports to Uplift Youth and Communities

Featuring Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc., Ed Foster Simeon, CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Pharlone Charity Toussaint, Atlanta Program Officer, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation US, and Andrea K. Carter, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Atlanta Hawks.

Congratulations to the Our 2019 Summer Learning Award Winners

Andy Roddick Foundation - Summer Learning Program

ESL Afterschool Communities (Columbus State Community College)

MERIT Health Leadership Academy - MERIT

Thompson Island Outward Bound - Summer Connections

Summer Changes Everything™ as photographed by Victoria Bonhomme

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