On October 25th, the National Summer Learning Association was pleased to honor the Consolidated School District of New Britain: Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) during the “Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Equity and Excellence in Education” conference in Seattle, Washington. SEE was one of five programs presented with a 2016 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award.
Every year NSLA awards the Excellence in Summer Learning Award and the Founder's Award to outstanding summer programs or models that support academic achievement and promote healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade. Excellence Award winning programs strive to curb learning losses, particularly affecting low-income students who are disproportionately at risk to lose academic skills during the summer. This year SEE was chosen for its commitment to provide a systemic culture and spirit that connect children and staff to the theme “Your Place in the Community,” and for expanding inquiry-based learning opportunities for youth in the community.
Since 2004, in-depth Excellence Awards applications from more than 500 programs serving nearly 500,000 youth have offered an unparalleled look at the summer learning landscape. In 2015, NSLA introduced the Founder's Award to recognize informal or wraparound summer learning models that can be implemented at scale in many community settings.
You can read more about the 2016 New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award and Founder’s Award winners here.