Summer Learning

A Wallace Foundation report: Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success provides g​​uidance for running summer learning program​s, including recommendations for early planning, hiring and sticking to firm enrollment deadlines.

In this Wallace Foundation report: Investing in Successful Summer Learning Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, RAND details 43 summer programs backed by research strong enough to meet federal ESSA requirements.

This webinar from the National Comprehensive Center, Making Summer a Successful and Sustainable Strategy for Student Growth, features a school district’s collaborative effort to create, implement and sustain a successful summer program and previews findings from two studies on the state of summer learning in districts across the country.

This Wallace Foundation report: Supporting Quality in Summer Learning: How Districts Plan, Develop, and Implement Programs details how mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations can support successful school-district-led summer programs.

Working with the Wallace Foundation, Westat is conducting the National Summer Learning & Enrichment Study to gather nationwide data and examples of how states and districts delivered their summer 2021 programs.

This Summer 2021 study Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences helps practitioners, policymakers, and researchers understand the parent perspective on two kinds of summer experiences—structured programs and unstructured experiences outside of programs—including what children do under each scenario, and what they learn academically, recreationally, and socio-emotionally from those activities.

This digital toolkit for National Summer Learning Week, an annual celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, is full of resources, including sample proclamation language, tip sheets, graphics and logos, social media copy, and ideas to help celebrate in your community.

Using R.E.A.L. to Strengthen Summer Learning: Showing up Matters for R.E.A.L. Schools and summer program providers can use the concepts in Attendance Works’ R.E.A.L. (Routines, Engagement, Access to resources and Learning) framework to strengthen their summer learning efforts as well as their attendance initiatives during the school year.