Virtual PD

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Webinar: Summer Learning Toolkit & Recruiting and Engaging Students

SummerLearningToolkit Web UPDATE

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Summer learning programs offer invaluable spaces to engage youth in learning and development during the months when many students lose ground. High-quality programs keep kids safe and can produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning, however good attendance is critical for kids to experience those positive benefits.

In their multi-year study of five voluntary, district-led summer programs, the RAND Corporation found that students needed to attended at least 20 days of summer programming to experience academic benefits. Regular attendance begins with timely, targeted messages and messengers during student recruitment, and continues with personalized outreach and great programming during the summer.

About the Webinar
The National AfterSchool Association is hosting a webinar to explore effective strategies for Student Recruitment and Attendance, drawing from the Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit, a free, online resource featuring 50+ practical tools and resources to help district and their out-of-school time partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. Resources draw from lessons from the National Summer Learning Project (NSLP) and align with research findings by RAND, included in Getting to Work on Summer Learning, 2nd edition.

Join us to explore resources and strategies that can help you communicate with families and prepare them to show up ready the first day, and coming back throughout the summer. We’ll also hear from Pittsburgh Public Schools, one of the districts featured in the National Summer Learning Project. They will share their firsthand experiences and lessons learned with student outreach and engagement.



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Melanie Claxton
Coordinator of Out of School Time
Pittsburgh Public Schools


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Jason Perry
Field Consultant
National Summer Learning Association


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Katie Willse
Senior Consultant
The Learning Agenda