May 11, 2021
Issue No. 36
Photo credit: ANYTOWN®, CAMP EDMO®, and Canoemobile (Excellence in Summer Learning Award-Winning Programs)

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. We’ve convened a network of nine states to promote community system-based strategies for summer learning. This partnership, supported in part by The Wallace Foundation and MetaMetrics, will also offer broad support to all states focused on evidence-based summer learning strategies and equitable summer learning opportunities for all students.
American Rescue Plan: What It Means for Summer Programs
Visit NSLA’s American Rescue Plan Webpage for the latest updates about federal funding for out-of-school time programs plus answers to 26 frequently asked questions.
Town Hall for Camps and Out-of-School Time Professionals
Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 1:30 -3:00 pm ET

All camp directors and out-of-school time professionals are invited to attend this Town Hall style webinar presented by the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Camp Nursing. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the updated guidance from the CDC for camp operations as well as the latest updates to the Field Guide for Camps.
NSLA Congratulates Our 2021 Fellowship Leaders and Interns!
NSLA believes summer learning programs provide a unique and flexible opportunity for leaders to pilot and measure the effectiveness of new ideas and strategies, creative partnerships and policies before scaling. The severity and enormity of the societal challenges we are facing in America requires entrepreneurial leaders like our new 2021 Summer Innovation Fellows.

NSLA also proudly partnered with College to Congress to bring more student leaders to Congress.
Summer Innovation Fellows

Bianca Love - NOLA Rhapsody; Community Works LA, New Orleans, LA

Dennis Mabasa - Sustainable Food Systems; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

Howard Forbes - Youth Ocean Explorers; University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Congressional Summer Interns

George Castillo - Allegheny College, SummerBridge San Francisco Alumnus

Elaine Ansah - University of Delaware, Delaware College Scholars Alumna

Jacques Thompson - University of Pennsylvania, MERIT Health Leadership Academy Alumnus

Reine Duevi - Rutgers University, NJ LEEP Alumna
Celebrate Summer Learning Week in Your Community
National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed.

Post your summer learning celebration or program to help families in your community find you!
Proclaim Summer Learning Day or Week in your community and show the power of high quality summer learning experiences.

Invite your elected officials to see summer learning in action and its role in helping all kids grow, learn and thrive during this pandemic.
Remake Learning Days in DC, MD & VA
Remake Learning Days Across America is a learning festival that celebrates the many learning opportunities in a community! This celebration, which is happening across the country in 17 different regions, highlights innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity.

Across DC, Maryland and Virginia, a wide range of organizations — such as schools, libraries, nonprofits, businesses and other community centers — are coming together to provide our youth and families with high-quality learning experiences.
Key Findings in Summer Learning Report
Research from the latest report from The Wallace Foundation finds students who consistently attended high-quality, five-to-six week summer programs experienced meaningful benefits. Watch this short video by RAND’s senior researcher and co-author of the report to learn more about the findings.

Join Cadence Learning as they discuss their 2021 National Summer School Initiative to deliver accelerated learning and vibrant enrichment activities this summer. 

Join College to Congress and National Youth Employment Coalition as they discuss how they are providing older youth with supportive and meaningful employment experiences and paid internships.

Join this Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar with Attendance Works to learn how schools, districts, public agencies and community partners can use their attendance and participation data to organize and tailor summer programming.
Recently Recorded Webinars

Creating Healing-Centered Summer Programs presented by We Coach

Time for Joy & Learning: Afterschool and Summer Recovery Virtual Town Hall with NSLA’s CEO, Aaron Philip Dworkin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Out of School Time Network and NAACP Maryland State Conference

Out-of-School Time Programs This Summer: Paving the Way for Children To Find Passion, Purpose & Voice presented by Learning Heroes

Cultural Crossroads: Exploring the important intersection of summer program training & design with the critical need to address race, equity, and inclusion presented by Breakthrough Collaborative

Designing a Successful Hybrid Summer Program Model presented by Aim High
Summer in the News
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