Program Quality

Ideas for Helping New Summer Programs

Notes from 2015 Summer Matters TA Providers Meeting. Ideas on how to help new summer programs were shared.

Quality Standards Webinars Released

The California Afterschool Network produced five short webinars around the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. These webinars are intended to give Program Directors, Site Coordinators, front line staff, and the field at large, a better understanding of the Quality Standards, Standards in Action and the Crosswalk, and how these items can be utilized in a process of Continuous Quality Improvement.

National Academy of Sciences Hosts Summer Learning Panel

On August 25, 2016, The Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science hosted a panel on summertime opportunities in Washington DC. The workshop validated the value of a summer learning approach not only for student academic achievement, but also for students’ health outcomes. A report outlining the workshop was just published.

Summer Program Master Planning Timeline

This timeline is a helpful resource for planning and keeping track of all the ways you can improve your summer program, developed by the National Summer Learning Association.

Facilitate a Reflection and Planning Session

Once all stakeholder feedback, youth outcomes data, and quality assessment data is collected and analyzed, give key program stakeholders a chance to respond to it and use it to plan for next summer. In the spirit of a continuous quality improvement cycle, a program’s end-of-summer reflections should feed directly into the development of the Quality Improvement Plan for the next year.

Ideas for Helping Existing Summer Programs Embed Quality

Ideas for helping existing programs embed qualilty. Recommendations from TA providers.

Components of a High Quality Pre-Service Staff Training

Include discussions and demonstrations in your staff training on the following topics: Why are we offering this particular program? Who is an important part of our program, and what can we expect from them? How will we achieve our intended goals, and how will we know we were successful?

Why Quality Summer Programs Last at Least One Month

Educators often ask why we recommend that summer learning programs last at least one month. This suggestion is one of the six signs of a great summer learning program and is featured in our latest video, Summer Learning – An Inspiring Alternative to Summer School. Here are five reasons why duration matters:

CSBA Guide: Summer Learning Matters

This guide is intended to better acquaint school board members and superintendents with summer learning, and to help them establish or expand programs that result in greater learning and enrichment for the students they serve.