After more than a year of postponements, closures, and breaks, summer 2021 is poised to be an exciting and productive time – a time for reconnecting and re-engaging. The infusion of stimulus dollars for summer learning has the potential to allow for bigger and more robust summer programs than ever before, albeit with less time for planning.
Never fear. This month, we are sharing three new resources designed to ease your summer planning and take a few things off your long to-do list.
- Have you thought about name tags, signage, and rosters? Does everyone know what to do if the buses don’t show up? Use the Day 1 / Week 1 Checklist to make your first day your best day -and to make sure it stays that way. Avoid common missteps by focusing on arrival/dismissal, staff communication, data collection, and contingency planning, now.
- Excited to showcase the amazing program you’ve planned? Use the Site Visit Checklist to take the guesswork out of hosting VIPs like funders and school, district, and community leaders this summer. Learn simple strategies that leave guests feeling excited and invested in your program, whether through virtual or in-person visits.
- The pandemic has taught us so much about the value and importance of family engagement. In our latest research brief, Families Are Key to Building Back Better: Unpacking Elements of Effective Engagement in Remote Learning, learn how BellXcel Remote staff established supportive and consistent relationships with families during a challenging time. Read on for practical tips and strategies for frequent family communication and meaningful outreach to support participants.
Beyond these new resources, don’t forget to peruse the Tools section of our web site for even more practical tools for planning, delivering, and assessing a high-quality summer learning program.
As always, we at SCRI will be making the most of this summer to learn and grow right alongside the talented educators and youth development professionals we work with across the country. We’re wishing you a clear path to a memorable summer.
P.S. Have you heard? SCRI is partnering with Partnership for Children and Youth and California Collaborative for Education Excellence to offer free technical assistance to California LEAs that need support on design/staffing, attendance/outreach, curriculum ideas, and more for their summer learning programs. Check out The Summer Technical Assistance Hub here: partnerforchildren.org/summer.