Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition

Getting to Work on Summer Learning, Second Edition

A report commissioned by the offers in-depth guidance for school districts and partner organizations about planning and running voluntary summer learning programs that benefit low-income elementary students. An update to a 2013 report, (89 pages, PDF) outlines best practices and lessons learned from the Wallace Foundation's National Summer Learning Project, an initiative launched in 2011 to help districts offer large-scale, voluntary summer programs that improve academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for children. Among other things, the report recommends starting planning for the coming summer no later than January; designing a five- to six-week program with three to four hours of academics a day; establishing a firm enrollment deadline and clear attendance policies; working with district experts and starting early to develop a curriculum; training enrichment instructors in behavior management; and developing a clear, positive message with respect to the goals and culture of the program. An accompanying online  provides customizable resources such as program observations; sample documents, including staff handbooks, position descriptions, and enrollment forms; and advice from field experts on how to use the materials on each topic.