Summer Times Archive 2021

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August 11, 2021: Building Back Better with Summer Learning Joy

Our hope here at the National Summer Learning Association is that every young person is returning to school this fall ready to succeed because of your amazing work this summer.We know that all students can grow, learn and thrive when we harness the power of summer and that was evident in the many ways communities celebrated, supported and spread the joy of summer during National Summer Learning Week and the whole season.

June 17, 2021: Hello Summer! News You Can Use

High-quality summer programs have the chance to make a real difference for students this year. We’ve teamed up with fellow summer learning organizations, Aim High, BellXcel, Breakthrough Collaborative and Horizons National, to share why now is the time for long-term partnerships among programs, schools, and districts.

May 11, 2021: Reimagine summer school

NSLA and the Council of Chief State School Officers have launched a new State Summer Learning Network to support states with long-term strategies to “reimagine summer school” and leverage new federal funding aimed at learning recovery.

April 1, 2021: Summer is cancelled…April Fools!

Join NSLA in elevating the importance of keeping kids safe, healthy and engaged during the summer season by celebrating National Summer Learning Week. There are many ways you can celebrate summer, advocate, and share your stories of summer inspiration.

March 12, 2021: New Summer Funding: A Big Win for America’s Kids

Today the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) celebrates a monumental win for America’s children and families, summer learning programs and community partners across the nation, as the House and Senate have approved $121.9 billion for K-12 economic support under the American Rescue Plan.

February 11, 2021: This is Our Moment

While we are excited to see more investments being made in high-quality summer learning opportunities, we want to keep in mind our best practices. Stand out programs are those that feel fresh and different from traditional school. They are fun, hands-on, high energy, engaging, and informed by research and models our field knows works—a combination of academic, enrichment, and health and fitness, school-community partnerships, youth voice and choice, caring peer and youth-adult relationships, trauma-informed and social-emotional supports, family engagement, age-appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum.

January 27, 2021: NSLA Launches a New Summer Innovation Fellowship and More!

In this issue, we turn our sights to summer program planning and provide ways in which you can connect with NSLA by joining our professional learning communities. We’ve also launched a new Summer Innovation Fellowship opportunity intended to support emerging leaders of color. Read on to learn more about this and other exciting initiatives we will advance this year.

January 13, 2021: Getting Back to What is Most Important

Many national education experts, including McKinsey & Company, NWEA, Education Trust, and the Century Foundation, have highlighted the urgent need for us to make Summer 2021 the most meaningful and impactful summer learning experience ever for young people in America. Our NSLA team understands this imperative and came back from the holiday break re-charged and ready to go.