Pre-Conference Sessions

Summer Starts in September: Your Ultimate Planning Guide

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Monday, November 16

As soon as the most recent summer slips into the past, it is time to start thinking, reflecting, and planning—while summer’s lessons are still fresh in your mind, easy to retrieve, and awaiting your evaluation. Let us help you get started with NSLA’s Summer Starts in September program planning guide.

Carefully planned summer learning programs provide youth with life-changing experiences, so it is important to begin with the end in mind, establishing definite goals and steps to achieve them. In Part 1 of the Summer Starts in September workshop participants will examine quality standards and share practice ideas for using them in a continuous program improvement cycle. The workshop will make extensive use of the Summer Starts in September program planning guide. The facilitators will model activities and tools that participants can use to plan their summer learning program.

Summer Starts in September: Special Topics

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Monday, November 16

Part 2 of the Summer Starts in September workshop will take a deeper dive into tools you can use now in planning your summer program, featuring The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit. We will examine how to incorporateAcademics & Enrichment, develop aUnique Program Culture, and launch a program using the comprehensiveSummer Planning Calendar. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with templates, tip sheets, samples, and other resources, and learn how to implement them at home. This is a great follow-up to the Summer Starts in September: Your Ultimate Planning Guide, Part 1,Pre-Conference workshop!


Pre-Conference for Library Professionals

Monday, November 16, 8:30-4:00 PM

Libraries are at the center of summer learning and fun! Public libraries across the country are uniquely positioned to lead the way in helping all kids grow and thrive during the critical summer months. Join us this year as we explore 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.

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Keep All Kids Healthy and Learning

Now more than ever, communities need your support to expand access to summer and afterschool programs that will help students catch up on unfinished learning and thrive after an extraordinarily challenging school year.

Please consider supporting NSLA’s critical work this holiday season. With your support, we can make a positive difference in the academic, social, and economic realities of children, families, and communities across America. Whether you donate $5, $10, or $25, every little bit helps.