Wallace Foundation Tip Sheet: Selecting and Modifying Summer Curricula

Share this Tip Sheet by the Wallace Foundation with summer program leaders for guidance about selecting and/or modifying program curriculum. Guiding questions ground a curriculum search in the goals, structure, and resources of the program and the capabilities and professional development needs of staff. 

Wallace Summer Learning Toolkit

Students who attend at least 20 days of summer learning experience academic benefits. Develop effective recruitment materials and attendance systems with the Wallace Summer Learning Toolkit to ensure that students benefit.   

Wallace Foundation: Summer Learning Recruitment Guide

Research shows that students with high attendance during summer learning experience higher learning outcomes in math and ELA, but getting kids to sign up for voluntary summer learning programs isn’t easy. Launch a summer learning district-focused recruitment effort with the Summer Learning Recruitment Guide from the Wallace Foundation.   

Getting to Work on Summer Learning Recommended Practices for Success

Rand’s second edition Getting to Work on Summer Learning provides recommendations for district leaders and their partners who are interested in launching or improving summer learning programs    Key suggestion: Commit in the fall to a summer program and begin planning and recruiting instructors by January.

Citizen School: Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Program Model

Partnering with external or replicating high-quality afterschool programs provides students with opportunities for academic supports and enrichment that lead to positive outcomes. The Citizen Schools ELT programming model engages students in apprenticeships (that consist of hands-on learning projects) and activities to help students develop their organizational and study skills.  

It’s About Time: Lessons from Expanded Learning Time

Partnering with external or replicating high-quality afterschool programs provides students with opportunities for academic supports and enrichment that lead to positive outcomes. Learn from It’s About Time, a report capturing the extended school day experiences of Meriden, CT and their positive outcomes.