National Conference



Concurrent Workshops

Our workshops have been organized into three compelling strands:

Knowledge and Strategies for Summer Program Managers (K)
Sessions will address foundational summer learning research and cover summer program basics, such as how to: get a program up and running; recruit, develop, and train staff; evaluate program successes; work with community partners; finance and sustain programs; develop strong schedules; secure transportation, and other practical topics. Sessions will also build on previous experience and offer strengthening strategies for: staff development; program evaluation; finance and sustainability; program design/curriculum selection; relationship building; and other related topics. Sessions could also provide case studies that demonstrate the replication and expansion of high-quality summer programs.

Innovative Instructional Approaches (I)
How do you deliver instruction in informal settings? How do you target learning goals in an engaging way? Sessions offer strategies, examples, and approaches that support compelling, enriching, learning-centered programming that narrows the achievement gap and promotes healthy youth development. Sessions will target meeting the needs of program managers and instructional staff.

Systems Building, Community Initiatives, and Advocacy for Summer Learning Leadership (S)
Sessions offer case studies and examples of systems building, policy, advocacy, and communication strategies on the local, state, and federal levels; school-community partnerships and other mechanisms for alignment with the school year; funding sources; and community-wide initiatives that support, broaden access to, and increase youth participation in summer learning opportunities. Sessions offer examples of how programs have helped influence policy and funding to build community capacity. Sessions will target meeting the needs of community partners, executive directors, school district directors of expanded learning or teaching and learning, and others in leadership roles.

Concurrent Power Sessions

In addition to our line up of workshops, we are also launching a series of 6 power sessions on key issues featuring national leaders and experts.

Topics will include: early literacy, healthy summers, building and scaling summer learning systems, the latest research on program quality, connected learning, and meeting the socio-emotional as well as academic needs of middle school students.

Please note: This year, we are asking conference attendees to indicate which conference workshop sessions they are interested in attending. While pre-selection will not guarantee your workshop space (you must still arrive on time and may miss out if a workshop is extremely popular), it will allow us a chance to maximize our space and plan for potentially crowded sessions. Once at the conference, you may attend a different session if space is available.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
       A1: Approaches to Measuring the Outcomes and Impact of Summer and Expanded Learning (K)
       A2: Bridging Summer Innovations Into District Classrooms (I)
       A3: Creating a Positive Camp Culture (I)
       A4: Impact of Summer STEM Activities on Learning and Youth Development (I)
       A5: READS for Summer Learning: Results and Lessons from a Home-Based Summer Reading Research Program (K)
       A6: Recruiting High Quality Worksites for High School Youth (S)
       A7: States at the Center: The Current Policy Context for Summer Learning and How to Influence It (S)
       A8: Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment (K)
       A9: The Power of Shared Vision: Mobilizing a Community to Achieve Results in Summer (S)
       A10: Using Data to Improve Overall Camp Behavior and Outcomes (K)
       A11: Vision-Driven Summer Planning (K)
       P1: Best Practices in Leveraging Summer Learning to Advance Early Literacy
       P2: Boosting Academic and Social-Emotional Growth of Middle School Students: An Interactive Conversation
       P3: 7 Steps to a Terrific Summer Learning Program: Lessons from Six Districts
       P4: Strategies for Building and Scaling Summer Learning Systems in Communities
       P5: Connected Learning: Preparing Youth to Collaborate in a Digital World
       P6: Healthy Summers for Kids: Turning Risk into Opportunity
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
       B1: Beyond Alignment and Compliance with the CCSS: Going Deeper with Reading (I)
       B2: Build Your Financial Muscle (K)
       B3: Camp Lab-racadabra! A PBS KIDS Summer Learning Experience Bringing Together Math, Literacy, and Fun! (I)
       B4: Clinically Rich Collaborations that Transform Summer Learning: Combining Colleges, Community Engagement and Children (S)
       B5: Engaging Youth In Building Healthy Summers (K)
       B6: Full STEAM Ahead: Library & Museum STEM & Art Collaboration (K)
       B7: Gaming Changes Everything (I)
       B8: How DO They Do It? 2013 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winners' Best Practices Panel (K)
       B10: Nourishing Bodies and Minds: California Libraries Connect Summer Meals and Summer Reading Programs (S)
       B11: Outcomes & Lessons Learned from a Summer Learning Partnership (S)
       B12: Public-Private Partnerships: Building Bridges in Divided Communities (S)
       B13: Wanted: Summer Program Head Story Teller (K)
       C1: Are You Ready to Support College Prep? (K)
       C2: Building Financial Knowledge: A Financial Literacy Program for Future Success in a Global Economy (I)
       C3: Building Teams with DC SCORES (I)
       C4: Community-School Partnership Addressing Literacy in the Early Grades (S)
       C5: Connecting the Dots: Building Community-wide Systems and Strategies for Summer Learning (S)
       C6: Creating a Summer Experience (I)
       C7: Data Drives the Day (K)
       C8: Game Changers: Programs and practices that are shaping the fields (K)
       C9: Growing Roots for Successful STEM Programs (S)
       C10: New Pathways for Mathematical Talent (K)
       C11: Parents as Community Ambassadors for Summer Learning (S)
       C12: Summer Volunteerism: Enhancing the Social Impact, Measuring the Return on Investment (K)
       C13: Taking Quality and Performance to Scale: Best Practices for Multi-Agency Data Collection and Continuous Program Improvement