Special Edition
August 11, 2021
Issue No. 38
Thank you for shining a light on the power of summer this season!

Our hope here at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is that every young person is returning to school this fall ready to succeed because of your amazing work this summer. 
We know that all students can grow, learn and thrive when we harness the power of summer and that was evident in the many ways communities celebrated, supported and spread the joy of summer during National Summer Learning Week and the whole season.

We also know demand for game-changing summer programs is high in our country but equitable access to them falls short. According to the recent America After 3PM Report by the Afterschool Alliance: for every child in a summer enrichment program (approximately 12.6M), one more is waiting; that’s an estimated 13.9M kids waiting to get in. Our kids can’t wait and they deserve enriching summer experiences every year which is why NSLA was thrilled to have U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona and Becky Pringle, National Education Association President amplify why summers matter more than ever in video messages this season.
Becky Pringle, President of National Education Association
Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education
Thank YOU for your part in helping to shine a spotlight on summer this season and we are grateful to the many partners who helped NSLA deliver the new, an online destination to help families and their children discover summer enrichment programs both in-person and virtually, right in their community.

Check out the National Summer Learning Week highlights below and let’s keep the momentum going at NSLA’s national conference Summer Changes Everything, November 8-10 in Washington, DC. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Rate!
But First… Join Us This Week…
Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative Virtual Session
Thursday, August 12 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET
This session will offer opportunities to reflect on the decisions we made this summer, how we can reimagine what is possible in creating safe, supportive, exciting spaces for students to learn and thrive, and how we can carry these lessons forward as we head back to school.

The session will begin with a conversation between Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona and a panel of inspiring students to discuss how they have been impacted by summer programs and offer their advice to education leaders for how to reimagine, redesign and rebuild engaging learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Joining the panel will be two students from NSLA's Summer Learning Award-Winning Programs.

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also join to provide the latest updates on guidance and resources for healthy and safe return to school. 
Summer Learning Week 2021 Highlights
summer programs listed on for families to discover
iHeartMedia Radio Stations broadcasting a special public service announcement voiced by U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona
12.5 Million
Twitter accounts reached by #SummerLearningWeek with 40.8 million impressions
Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards carrying a Discover Summer message. See below for billboard photos, NSLA's new online portal for families to discover summer programs
Game Builder Garage, a new game by Nintendo where kids can build their own games!
Five States Issue Summer Proclamations
Virtual Splash Events
In celebration of National Summer Learning Week, a Virtual Summer Splash Event was held each day to shine a spotlight on the themed day of the week and the many ways communities are supporting student success in school, out of school –and in life, this summer. Events were presented by Game Builder Garage™ for Nintendo Switch™, Discovery Education, Mizzen by Mott, and Lexile® Framework for Reading.
A Big Welcome To Our Newest Team Members
NSLA’s small but mighty team just grew with some amazing leaders. We are proud to welcome our newest additions to the NSLA Board of Directors and staff:
Co-Anchor, Journalist, CNBC
Executive Director, The Fresh Air Fund
Associate Professor, Pediatrics,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Pitsco Education
NSLA Vice President,
Programs and Systems Quality
NSLA Director,
NBA Foundation Supports Summer Learning
NSLA is thrilled to be part of the NBA Foundation's mission on driving economic opportunity and empowerment in the Black community through a new grant!
Tools You Can Use from The Wallace Foundation

Looking Inside and Across 33 leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers; Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition (Preschool and Elementary Focus)​​​

Published by Every Hour Counts

This tool and guidebook can help people assess afterschool systems, the programs within them and youth outcomes—in the interest of informing system improvements.
Summer Learning in the News
Youth Today by Aaron P. Dworkin, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association and Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer of New York Life Foundation

Homeroom, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education by Christian Rhodes, Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education

The Hechinger Report & NBC News