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During the summer, low-income students lose ground compared to their wealthier peers. But summer can also be a time to help level the playing field through high-quality, summer learning programs that research shows produce measurable benefits in math, reading and social and emotional learning.

With more than 50, evidence-based tools and resources—drawn from the work of five urban school districts and their partners, and aligned with research from RAND—the Summer Learning Toolkit helps educators deliver programs that make a real difference.

Watch the video to learn more.

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 What's in the Summer Learning Toolkit?

 

The Toolkit includes four kinds of resources:

Resources include:
Tool: Customizable resources, e.g., program observations;
Sample: Documents used by five urban districts and their partners, e.g., staff handbooks, position descriptions and enrollment forms;
Tip Sheet: Additional advice from field experts on how to use materials on each topic;
Guidance: For each tool, sample, and tip sheet, an explanation of what it is, why it’s important (with connections to research), who can benefit from it and tips for effective use.

In addition, the Summer Planning Calendar and Sustainability Tools include detailed companion and facilitation guides with tips to help you develop your planning process.

Click here to learn more about the National Summer Learning Project and how the Toolkit’s materials were developed.

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Planning & Management/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Pages/planning.aspxPlanning & Management#f7e070<img alt="" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/toolkit.final-WEB-1-planning.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="ExternalClass06D84CE819AE4AD7A8EE6B044C8FA8B9"><p>​Tools to help you plan, budget for, sustain and assess the quality of the program.<br></p></div>
Academics & Enrichment/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Pages/academics-and-enrichment.aspxAcademics & Enrichment#bfdbce<img alt="" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/toolkit.final-WEB-2-academics.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="ExternalClass36069F30AE63465682A3D1FA776D1B68"><p>​Ideas for selecting and modifying curriculum and partnering with enrichment providers.<br></p></div>
Staffing & Professional Development/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Pages/staffing.aspxStaffing & Professional Development#d2dd7f<img alt="" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/toolkit.final-WEB-3-staffing.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="ExternalClass869A8C0DAA114AEBA040E51C4DE0B2FB"><p>​Sample job descriptions and staffing agreements and tips for planning high-quality professional development.<br></p></div>
Site Climate/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Pages/site-climate.aspxSite Climate#f7ad37<img alt="" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/toolkit.final-WEB-4-site.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="ExternalClass7BC4CB267CF648AD9B2D4544DB57EF64"><p>​Sample staff handbooks and tips for creating a positive program environment.<br></p></div>
Student Recruitment & Attendance/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Pages/student-recruitment.aspxStudent Recruitment & Attendance#f46464<img alt="" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/toolkit.final-WEB-5-student-recruit.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="ExternalClassF5F79D6ED0324022B7A3192BAFA2F204"><p>​Best practices for marketing the program and creating a warm and welcoming environment. <br></p></div>

 Sample Resources to Support Planning

 

 

Summer Program Reflection Tool19603<img alt="Summer Program Reflection" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/Parachute-Boys-TH.jpg" width="73" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />ToolPrompts to reflect on a recently completed program and begin planning for next summer11/1/2018 8:48:00 PMsummer-program-reflection-guidance.pdf 18https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxzipFalsezip
Summer Planning Calendar19662<img alt="Summer Planning Calendar" src="/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/PublishingImages/Pages/planning/Calendar_thumbnail-TH.png" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />ToolComprehensive to-do list by month and topic paired with expert guidance11/1/2018 6:48:47 PMschedule Develop and share site schedules Develop and share class schedules Transportation Coordinate transportation Execute transportation Meals Coordinate food service 20https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/summer-learning/toolkit/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxzipFalsezip