NSLA believes summer learning programs provide a unique and flexible opportunity for leaders to try out and measure the effectiveness of new ideas and strategies, creative partnerships, and policies before scaling. The severity and enormity of the societal challenges we are facing in America require entrepreneurial leaders to pursue innovative and scalable solutions.
NSLA launched a new Summer Innovation Fellowship for leaders of color which offers:
We aim to support emerging leaders of color who are:
For more than 25 years, the NSLA has improved the lives of America’s most vulnerable students by addressing the cumulative effects of summer learning loss and closing the achievement and opportunity gaps that research shows grow most significantly between lower and higher-income students over the summer months. NSLA works to ensure all students, regardless of background and zip code, can access and afford to participate in a high-quality summer learning experience every year.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated these educational challenges and divides. Research from a recent McKinsey & Company report titled COVID-19 and learning loss— disparities grow and students need help, projects substantial additional learning loss from COVID-19 and inequitable and disproportionate negative impacts on low-income students and students of color.
NSLA also recognizes we are living in a time of tremendous racial injustice and inequality in America’s society and education system. Too often, leaders of youth-serving non-profit organizations, government agencies, and public schools do not reflect the students and communities they serve. For example, according to Generation Teach, while 52% of public-school students are students of color, only:
For more information, email Brodrick Clarke, Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality, at BClarke@summerlearning.org.