Overview of Summer Acceleration Academies

Washington, DC Public Schools host Summer Acceleration Academies that are designed to serve a select group of students at each school (approximately 10 to 35 percent) who require more focused support that provide both social  emotional development and academic acceleration ahead of next school year. 

Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Practices, Summer Learning

Visit Turnaround for Children’s Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Practices sub-page and download the Curriculum Audit, which helps educators consider the extent to which curricula and related materials are culturally responsive. The audit includes reflection questions related to cultural knowledge, representation, skills development, and co-creation of learning experiences.  

Summer Learning and Beyond Opportunities for Creating Equity

Review the Introduction to Learning Policy Institute’s Summer Learning and Beyond report, which introduces six design principles for promoting equity in summer learning programs. Dive deeper into any of the six principles for an overview, key ideas and practices arising from the principle, and additional resources. Or, see page 16 for a case study detailing how a district in California is putting the principles into action.  

How to Take a “Both And” Approach to SEL and Academics This Summer

Check out this article from PanoramaEd.com about how to integrate SEL and academic content into summer learning programs. Suggestions include promoting student voice and choice – for instance, by seeking student input on learning goals or prioritizing project-based learning – as well as using trauma-informed instructional techniques and incorporating SEL objectives for class units.  

Summer Learning Recruitment Guide

Use the Summer Learning Recruitment Guide from the Wallace Foundation to learn from five school districts how to launch a summer learning recruitment effort, develop a recruitment planning timeline, and create your recruitment game plan. 

NIET: Summer Learning Planning Guide

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) has a Summer Learning Planning Guide that helps educators prepare to work with students and families/caregivers. See page 9 for a breakdown of communications considerations by stakeholder groups (i.e., teachers, families, students).