Summer Learning Tools & Research

Summer Learning Tools & Research

Mayor’s Playbook – This resource is designed to help summer learning advocates inform Mayors of the importance of expanding summer learning opportunities to stem summer learning loss and improve the academic and economic future of their communities. Included in this playbook are recommendations for engaging Mayor’s in your community.

Funding Resource Guide - The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), in collaboration with the White House, Civic Nation, and U.S. Department of Education developed the 2016 Funding Resource Guide to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and to show how innovative states, districts, and communities have creatively blended public and private funding to develop programs, services and opportunities to meet the needs of young people during the critical summer months.

Action Tool Kit - This Action Tool is designed to share the key steps you can take this summer to increase access to high-quality summer learning, meals and jobs opportunities in your community. Whether you are a city, nonprofit, school, business or philanthropic leader you will find examples of how your peers across the country are finding innovative ways to move summer from a time of risk to a time of great reward.

Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention - In 2013, the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (Weikart Center) and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) began a collaboration to improve the quality of summer learning programs. The Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI) is a continuous improvement intervention for summer learning programs

Summers Matter – Summers Matter, by Matthew Boulay, translates the most compelling research into accessible tips and guidance for parents, teachers, principals, and summer learning advocates on how they can integrate summer learning programs into their own schools and communities – regardless of income or access. (fee for service)

Summer Starts in September: Comprehensive Planning Guide for Summer Learning Programs – This informative book includes 200 pages of research-based strategies, program examples, and tools that summer program staff, leaders, and trainers can use to develop an intentional, high-impact program. (fee for service)

Making Summer Count Reports from Rand Corporation – This monograph reviews the literature on summer learning loss and the effectiveness of summer learning programs, determines key cost drivers of and available funds for summer programs, and gathers information about how such programs operate in district and city contexts, including facilitators and challenges.