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.  

NSLA: Summer Learning Week Outreach Toolkit

In 2020, the National Summer Learning Association (NLSA) developed a National Summer Learning Week Toolkit to increase participation in and support for summer learning programs. These include letters and social media campaigns. Review the toolkit for key messages, calls to action for community partners, stakeholders, and templates that you can use to tailor communications for your district. 

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 suggestions outlined on page ix include: Commit in the fall to a summer program and begin planning and recruiting instructors by January.  Select a director with the requisite time and authority to lead planning.  …

Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) 

Review the Comprehensive Guide to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to learn about how districts are using MTSS to ensure that all students have the resources and support needed to succeed. Under What is MTSS, see how schools are using the “inverted pyramid” to serve all students, small groups in need of additional interventions, and individual students who …

Guidelines for designing middle-school transition using universal design for learning principles

Review this article by Australian researchers to understand how UDL principles can be applied to transition planning and activities. Annex 1 includes a table with examples for reaching students with diverse needs (e.g., modeling a high school schedule for middle schoolers, soliciting student feedback through surveys and group discussions, goal setting for incoming students).  

Why High School SEL Programs Feel ‘Lame’ – And How to Fix Them

This Education Week article on Why High School SEL Programs Feel ‘Lame’ – And How to Fix Them provides 5 recommendations for fostering student relationships, including integrating SEL across the curriculum, aiming for coherence across schools and districts, and exploring peer mentoring programs.

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