I’ve been in the after school and summer learning field for more than 15 years. I started with internships and line staff positions. I eventually became a Site Coordinator and continued to advance in the Expanded Learning field. I’ve been an advocate and a technical assistance provider, and now I’m privileged to be fundraising for an advocacy and capacity building organization focused on Expanded Learning. In each of these roles I’ve observed the opportunity provided by public moments. Like the Expanded Learning time equivalent of Back to School Night, “Lights on Afterschool” provides a powerful public moment for after school programs.
An inside look into the operating budgets of high-quality summer learning programs in California.
I authored and designed this report in 2016. The full print friendly report and infographic are free to download and related resources can be found at summermatters.net.
In 2016, the Oakland Summer Learning Network commissioned the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), with the support of the Packard Foundation, to conduct a landscape assessment of summer learning programs in the city. This report summarizes key data points from that assessment.
This week I will be presenting a workshop at Dare to Disrupt: The National Conference on After School and Summer Learning. My workshop is called Responsive Coaching Conversations that Empower Staff. It is part of the conference strand on Staff, Leadership, and Management.
Summer learning loss is holding back low income students. The summer months offer an opportunity to close the achievement gap, but don’t let your school district default to remedial summer school or credit recovery when a more engaging and meaningful learning opportunity exists.
I authored this guide for the California School Board Association in 2015. They designed and published the guide for school board members to increase support for summer learning programs.
This guide is intended to better acquaint school board members and superintendents with summer learning, and to help them establish or expand programs that result in greater learning and enrichment for the students they serve.