SCRI Day 1 / Week 1 Checklist

Central to BellXcel’s approach to summer learning is its commitment to rapid-cycle continuous improvement. In the SCRI Research Brief, Quality Can’t Wait: Cultivating Continuous Improvement, we describe BellXcel’s efforts to integrate continuous improvement from Day 1, with a combined focus on planning, professional development, data collection, coaching, and ongoing support to ensure needed improvements are addressed immediately. Unlike school year programming that has a 9-month window of time to make quality improvements, summer programs often have a short 4-8 weeks to assess and adjust. First impressions—on Day 1 and Week 1—are critical to building trusting relationships with youth and families and paving the way for high attendance and engagement.

This tool guides summer learning leaders through a series of questions to help prepare for Day 1 / Week 1 and avoid common missteps. These questions were identified by BellXcel through its work with partners across the country and focus on key areas such as arrival/dismissal, staff expectations and communication, assessment and data collection, and contingency planning.

The best way to use this tool is to work through responses collaboratively with the team that will be managing summer program implementation and operations.

About SCRI

The Sperling Center for Research and Innovation (SCRI) is part of BellXcel, a national nonprofit with nearly 30 years’ experience innovating educational solutions rooted in evidence. Drawing on decades of firsthand implementation experience and a culture of continuous improvement, SCRI bridges the research to practice to policy gap, to help partners strengthen goals, implement high-quality practices, expand to reach more young people, and advocate for improved policies.

Learn More

Related Resources

SCRI Site Visit Checklist

An essential part of any program’s sustainability plan is cultivating and strengthening buy-in from your key stakeholders, including funders, school, district, and community leaders. A great way to engage stakeholders and stay top-of-mind is to offer the opportunity to see the program in action through virtual or in-person site visits.

The checklist below will help you plan and execute site visits so that guests leave the experience feeling enthusiastic about your impact and invested in the long-term success of your program.

Read More
Student eating lunch at school.

Sharing Program Outcomes with Key Stakeholders

SCRI acts as a backend evaluator for youth programs, customizing a suite of assessment tools to track progress in areas ranging from academic learning to staff professional growth and family engagement. Our partners use the visually appealing Impact Report to share results and program details with key stakeholders.

Read More