This is an unprecedented time for summer learning. Summer programs are receiving robust federal funding support that recognizes their contribution to the educational and social-emotional needs of children and youth. Summer programs are receiving national attention as part of a solution to the learning losses, mental health concerns, and the need for joy among students following the pandemic.
This recognition also brings new challenges to demonstrate the value of summer learning programs, leverage existing evidence about effective practices, build new evidence to scale, and sustain the investment of resources in summer.
The National Summer Learning Association’s Research, Evidence & Practice Professional Summer Learning Community PLC is designed as a cross-sector learning opportunity for program leaders, researchers, policymakers and funders. Together we will work to strengthen and sustain high-quality summer learning programs by aligning the research priorities of policymakers and funders with the realities of collecting and using data in programs.
This PLC provides a forum for summer leaders, policymakers, researchers, and funders to together explore questions including:
The PLC will:
Summer program leaders, researchers, policymakers and funders.
May 25: 12-1:30 EST (virtual)
What are the learning goals for Summer 2022? What are the questions programs, policymakers, funders, and researchers each hope to answer, and how? What information is needed from Summer 2022 to scale and sustain investments in summer for the future? Registration Link
June 29: 12-1:30 EST (virtual)
What do we already know about effective summer learning programs? What existing research are summer learning programs leveraging to design and deliver programs in Summer 2022?
September 28: 12-1:30 ET(virtual)
What practical challenges and concerns do summer program leaders have about assessing and communicating success of their program? What is the role of researchers, funders, and policymakers in designing and communicating expectations for data collection and reporting for individual programs vs. the summer learning field?
October 24: (half day, in person) at the NSLA Annual Conference in Washington DC; we are working on the possibility of supporting attendance for regular PLC members.
What did we learn from Summer 2022? How can these lessons be applied to planning and decisions related to policy, resources, and program design? What questions remain unanswered? Let’s reflect and set a learning agenda for future summers.
PLC Team Leader
Christina Russell, NSLA Field Consultant
Senior Managing Director, Policy Studies Associates
Email Christina at Research@summerlearning.org to learn how to join the PLC