To help OST providers implement evidence-based best practices when planning for hiring and retaining OST program staff, SCRI developed the Staff Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Guide. This toolkit includes guidance, tip sheets, planning tools, and sample language for successful OST-program staffing.Read More
A comprehensive evaluation plan is critical to summer program quality and sustainability, and will provide you with a 360-degree view to identify program strengths as well as opportunities to improve in future summers. Use this guide to support you in creating evaluation plans that are aligned to research and evidence in order to understand your impact, reflect on quality, identify program strengths and challenges, and develop processes for continuous improvement and long-term sustainability.Read More
This tool guides summer learning leaders through a series of questions to help them prepare for their program’s Day 1 / Week 1 and avoid common missteps.Read More
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
This Companion Guide helps districts and youth development providers identify and apply evidence and insights from the study “The Promise of Summer as a Time for Teacher Professional Development” to ensure meaningful and high-quality summer PD. The PD Planning Tool helps summer learning providers align professional development opportunities with program goals and determine new strategies, techniques, and skills they would like to further develop with their staff.Read More
As youth leaders and teachers across the country rapidly innovated to deliver remote learning, SCRI has reflected upon nearly three decades of research and evidence to consider how to measure quality in a remote learning environment. We know how important quality experiences are to a young person’s ability to learn and grow. The Remote Quality Reflection Tool is available publicly for remote learning providers to reflect on the quality of their summer programs, since for many assessing quality in a remote environment is new.Read More