Summer Program Planning Tools You Can Use Now–New Webinars

Planning for summer learning programs? Start the new year strong with the tools and best practices to power your planning and execution of high-quality summer programs in the coming season. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is excited to co-host a free, three-part summer program planning webinar series with the National AfterSchool Association and the Afterschool Alliance beginning Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 

Get ahead of the conversation! Join us for a #SummerLearningChat on Twitter, Monday, February 25 at 3pm ET, to learn about the summer program planning tools we will discuss in the webinar series. This is a great opportunity for summer programs to network and share resources. Click here to tweet you’ll be joining!

Part I – Getting to Work on Summer Learning & Summer Learning Toolkit
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)

  • Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, RAND Corporation
  • Hillary Oravec, Managing Partner, The Learning Agenda
  • Katie Willse, Senior Consultant, The Learning Agenda

Summary: Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition, by the Rand Corporation, explains the elements of successful programs and offers school districts and community providers planning advice on staffing, student recruitment, creating a positive climate, and so much more.

We’ll also dive into the accompanying online Summer Learning Toolkit, mapped to RAND’s findings, which features more than 50 practical tools and planning resources to help school districts and their partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. The report and toolkit draw on lessons from the National Summer Learning Project, launched in 2011 by The Wallace Foundation.

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Part II – Summer Learning Toolkit, A Deeper Dive: Keys to Staffing & Professional Development
Date: late March 2019
Time: TBD
Guests: TBD
In this second webinar, we’ll highlight The Wallace Foundation’s new Summer Learning Toolkit—a great resource to use for whatever stage of planning you are in with your summer programming!

We’ll take a closer look at staffing and professional development to examine how to hire and train the best possible staff that suits the specific climate, culture, and goals of your summer program. We’ll also highlight some great examples of sample job posting descriptions and staff handbooks.

Joining us will be one of the school districts from the National Summer Learning Project. They’ll share their first-hand experience with the summer program hiring process and best practices to optimize professional development opportunities.

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Part III – Summer Learning Toolkit, A Deeper Dive TBD (We want to hear from you!)
Date: early April 2019
Time: TBD
Guests: TBD
The third webinar, planned for April, will be another deep-dive into a different aspect of the Summer Learning Toolkit. The focus is dependent on what we hear from the field. Visit the Summer Learning Toolkit site to learn more about the different sections. Click the button below to help select the final topic to cover.

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