Summer Solutions Leadership Series

From November 16-18, the National Summer Learning Association welcomed over 500 attendees for three days of informative and exciting sessions featuring education influencers, researchers, journalists, and award-winning program leaders who shared their knowledge on emerging program practices, along with policy and research shaping the out-of-school time field during this COVID-19 pandemic.


Day 1, Monday, November 16, noon – 2:00 p.m.

2020 Summer Learning Awards Presentation & Advancing Equity and Quality Learning Experiences During the Summer Months

We began day one with a celebration of NSLA’s National Summer Learning Award Winners, presented by the New York Life Foundation. Program leaders from these exemplary summer programs shared how they continually shape positive outcomes for young people even in the midst of a pandemic. During the afternoon session, wetook a deeper dive into equity in education and the essential role of quality summer and afterschool programs.

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Day 2, Tuesday, November 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

America at a Crossroads – 2020 Elections Debrief and Youth Policy Recommendations for a New Congress

On Day 2 of the Summer Solutions Leadership Series, we examined America’s reckoning on race, health, education, and economics and the bold strategies critical to the nation’s recovery from this pandemic. In part one of the discussion, leading political and education reporters dissected the state of our union and how the election results will shape a new educational landscape for policymakers at the federal level and communities everywhere. During part two of the discussion, NSLA released its new 2020 State of Summer Policy Snapshot and national leaders shared insights on critical legislation and collective actions that will help shape brighter futures for our most vulnerable communities and young people.

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Day 3, Wednesday, November 18, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Race, Equity and Community Learning Hubs in Education

On Day 3 of the Summer Solutions Leadership Series, national community leaders and education experts engaged in a Real Talk on Race and Education, then took a deep dive into actions leaders at all levels can take to advance education resource equity and to leverage community assets for student success. The National League of Cities also shared its newly released report, Communities as Learning Hubs, and our panel illuminated collective impact in action.

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