June 20, 2019
Issue No. 10
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is excited for the start of the summer season, which begins tomorrow, June 21st! We invite you to join us in our mission to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy all summer long to ensure they return to school ready to succeed in the fall.
new report from the RAND Corporation  (commissioned by The Wallace Foundation ) explores what characteristics of summer programs meet ESSA evidence standards, and what characteristics of summer programs meet ESSA evidence standards. Researchers identified 43 summer programs that met the top three tiers of ESSA's evidence standards.

Questions examined through the research include:

  1. What summer programs serving K–12 students in the U.S. education system have been recently evaluated?
  2. What summer programs have yielded evidence that meets ESSA evidence standards?
  3. What are the characteristics of summer programs that meet ESSA evidence standards?
Summer—a time that is easily overlooked yet critical to educational development—is bursting with possibility, and instrumental in closing the opportunity and educational gaps between children from lower-income communities and their peers from higher-income communities. NSLA shines a spotlight on the importance of summer throughout the year and especially during the critical months of the summer season.

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. During the week of July 8-13, each day will focus on a new theme: Literacy, STEM, Arts, College & Career Readiness, and Nutrition and Wellness. 

There are many ways you can celebrate summer, advocate and share your stories of summer inspiration. To get started:

  • Proclaim Summer Learning Week in your community and show how essential summer learning is in closing opportunity and educational gaps;

  • Visit our Event Tracker to find or post an event/program in your community;

  • Take action to support increasing access to and funding for high-quality summer and afterschool programs; and

School Dazed Radio Broadcast: The One About Summer Learning Loss
In case you missed it, on June 4, 2019, NSLA's new CEO Aaron Philip Dworkin joined the School Dazed Radio broadcast with fellow guest, Julie Miller, Executive Director Curriculum & Instruction of the  Irving Independent School District , to talk with show hosts Doneda and David Bailey about summer learning and tips to support the academic and social-emotional growth of students during the summer.

Over the course of the broadcast, Aaron and Julie discussed access to opportunities, and the many different types of summer learning experiences available across the country.
Get ready to make this the #BestSummerEver for our nation's youth!

Dr. Steve Perry, one of the most sought after educators in America, is the voice of our summer PSA’s that will air across hundreds of iHeartRadio stations throughout the country! Dr. Perry's leadership and enthusiasm for education helps us all realize the power of summer to unlock potential and growth in every student. 

We are honored to have Dr. Perry join us as the keynote speaker at our annual conference, Summer Changes Everything™, October 21-23, 2019 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA. We invite you to listen to the PSA and register today for conference.
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