April 1, 2021
Issue No. 35
Dear Friends:

No joking here…Summer is not cancelled! In fact, we know summer programs will be more important than ever, and our summer champions can’t wait to welcome young people back to a joyful season of learning and fun.

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.

  • Visit our Event Tracker to find or post a summer activity/celebration in your community;

Proclaim Summer Learning Day or Week in Your Community
Show how essential summer learning is in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in America. Share this sample proclamation language with your mayor, governor, or local elected official to proclaim Summer Learning Day, Week or even Summer Learning Month in your community.
Jacksonville Arts & Music School
National Summer Learning Week Themes

Who doesn't love a good story? Dive into a literary adventure under a tree, in a makeshift tent, or through virtual or in-person library events coast to coast.

STEAM isn't just for aspiring astronauts. STEAM is about powering young innovators, fostering critical thinking and communication skills, helping students build confidence in learning from mistakes. With Discovery Day, kids can explore infinite possibilities to make real-world connections that help them soar.

Summer is the perfect time to get moving and savor the flavors of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Let’s nourish minds and bodies while ensuring kids have access to good nutrition.

Research confirms the arts can help prepare students for school, life, and work. Summer is a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts, and so much more.

Ready, Set, Succeed! Support a student in charting a course for success during and beyond high school. Let's set our future leaders on a path to change the world.
Start Planning Your Summer Learning Week Celebration
Post your summer learning event or program on the official National Summer Learning Week Event Tracker to help families in your community find you!
New National Summer Learning Week logos and banners are available to help promote your own summer learning resources or events via social media, email, or print-out materials.
New Summer Learning Resources From Our Partners
Apple Expands Free Professional Learning To Help Teachers Champion Creativity

To help educators bring creativity to every lesson, Apple is offering free, self-paced professional learning with Apple Teacher Portfolio. And, there are new Everyone Can Create guides with new skills building activities. Learn more here.
Mobile App for Summer and Afterschool Programs

Mizzen by Mott inspires, engages and sparks learning in young people. With activities from premier organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center and powerful management tools, this new app can help you strengthen your summer or afterschool program. Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals!
Book and Discussion for Public-Private School Partnerships

After nearly two decades as an educator in Hawaii, Dr. Carl R. Ackerman has a plan to unite private and public schools to make both institutions better documented in his new book, A Success Story in Public Education.

In a virtual public talk on April 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET, Dr. Ackerman will bring his plan to life by sharing about his work with the nationally celebrated Clarence T. C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School. Register today with a $25 donation to The Skills We Need summer bridge program.

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: BellXcel, Lancaster Partnership for Learning Equity

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Breakthrough Collaborative


Incorporating Interactive Nutrition Education into Your Summer Program
Presenter: Common Threads

$122 Billion for Education in American Rescue Plan: What it means for OST programs
Presenters: Afterschool Alliance, American Camp Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Communities in Schools

Ten Big Bets: Transforming Education During the Pandemic and Beyond
Presenter: Dr. Gil Noam, Harvard University