Planning Your Summer Learning & Enrichment Programs

Submitted on May 27, 2021 by:
Christina Fetzko

As the school year is ending, schools and districts are finalizing their plans for summer learning programs. Unlike in previous years, state and local education agencies have unprecedented federal funding to support and expand their summer learning and enrichment programs. The additional funding provides education agencies with an exciting opportunity to focus on need-based priorities instead of traditional ones.

To help with this, the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative provided resources and virtual tools to help schools and districts address their students’ most urgent needs. The resources are broken down into six broad topic areas:

  1. Addressing a Full Range of Student Needs
  2. Attracting Supporting Staff for Summer Programs
  3. Building School-Community Partnerships
  4. Effective Use of Fiscal Resources
  5. Evidence-Based Learning and Enrichment Strategies
  6. Tailoring Supports to Specific Populations

Some resources of interest include the 2021 Summer Learning & Enrichment: State Guidance for District & School Leaders and a list of informative summer and afterschool learning webinars. So, make sure to check back regularly for updated tools, reports and resources.


Upcoming Opportunities

There is still time to register for the  Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative National Convening on Thursday, May 27 at 3:00-5:00 PM (EST).

The event will include guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Education and the National Comprehensive Center on how to safely and effectively move forward with summer learning initiatives.

Following the presentations, participants will choose one of six topical tabletop conversations. These sessions will include a short presentation, followed by a facilitated group discussion on each topic, where participants can share their challenges, strategies and resources.  The topics for these presentations include:

  1. Tribal Consultations: Building a Foundation for Partnership
  2. Fiscal Transparency: SEA and LEA Expenditures for Summer Learning and Beyond
  3. Working Together: Recruiting, Training and Supporting Staff Members for Impactful Summer Learning
  4. Powerful Interventions: The Evidence for Incorporating High-Dosage Tutoring in Summer Programs
  5. Reaching the Hard-to-Reach: Engaging Homeless Children and Families in Summer Programs
  6. In It Together: Maximizing Partnerships between Education and Workforce to Support

You can access the full agenda here. For more information on the Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative, contact the Region 5 Comprehensive Center.