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. 

Part II – Summer Learning Toolkit, A Deeper Dive: Keys to Staffing & Professional Development
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 1-2:00 PM (ET)
Guests: Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy

  • Melanie Claxton, Coordinator, Out-of-School Time for Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Kathryn Vargas, Director of the APOST (Allegheny Partners for Out of School Time)

Summary: 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.

Register for the Webinar

Missed Part I? Scroll down to watch the recording.

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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Past Webinars

Part I – Getting to Work on Summer Learning & Summer Learning Toolkit
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  • 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

Over 200 attendees participated in Part I of this exciting webinar series covering Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition, by the Rand Corporation and the accompanying online Summer Learning Toolkit, with over 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.

If you joined us for the webinar, we’d love to hear from you so that we can continue to bring you relevant and resourceful content in the future.

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