#KeepKidsLearning this Summer by Joining NSLA’s Thunderclap!

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Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids.
By fifth grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2 1/2 to three years behind their peers.
Many kinds of high-quality learning opportunities during the summer can make a difference in stemming learning loss, and ultimately closing the country’s achievement gap.
On June 17th, we’ll create an online groundswell with a Thunderclap calling for communities across the nation to level the playing field by keeping ALL KIDS learning this summer.
Donate one Tweet or Facebook post to encourage everyone to #KeepKidsLearning!

Stemming the Slide: How Summer Presents Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

14 Apr 2014 Charlotte 1 hashatg

Below is a shortened version (you know I would never do a presentation without icebreakers, but I didn’t want to spoil it for any potential participants!) of a presentation I am giving at the National Partnership for Educational Access Conference on April 17, 2015. Hope you’ll join me in Philadelphia and see what it looks like live and with tons of activities!

Apply for the 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

7 Jan 2014 Charlotte 1 hashatg

Do you run a high-quality summer learning program that should be recognized nationally?

NSLA CMYK logoThe National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Excellence in Summer Learning Award and the new Founder’s Award recognize summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people.

Just by submitting an application for one of these awards, your program will receive a feedback summary from NSLA outlining its strengths and areas for improvement. There is no cost to apply.

Award winners and finalists receive even more detailed feedback, similar to having a full CASP (Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs) assessment and a consultation phone call with the NSLA Program Quality Team.

As a Summer Learning Excellence Award Winner, your program will receive:

  • Visibility at NSLA’s Summer Changes Everything™ national conference through general sessions presentations, and other speaking opportunities.
  • National exposure through a NSLA press release during the busy summer media season.
  • Peer learning opportunities through NSLA’s new affinity group structure.

Your program may even be featured in a future case study in NSLA presentations, publications, or reports that are widely distributed throughout the education field and staged on summerlearning.org.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Visit summerlearning.org/SummerExcellence to learn more and apply today!

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Live Tweeting: The Summer Changes Everything National Conference on Summer Learning

20 Nov summer changes everything

I have been fortunate to work for the National Summer Learning Association since January, 2014. It is a wonderful organization not just in its mission and vision, but also in all my hardworking and passionate coworkers. Our annual conference, The Summer Changes Everything National Conference on Summer Learning was held from Monday, November 17th (the pre-conference) through Wednesday, November 19th in San Antonio, Texas. During the conference I was tasked with live tweeting the general sessions and workshops I attended, including my own!

Below is the social media roundup following the conference hashtag #SummerConf. If you see yourself below share the news that you’re a little bit internet famous after attending NSLA’s Summer Changes Eerything Conference. Tweet, Instagram, Tumblr, Reblog, Facebook… spread the word and use #SummerConf as a hashtag.

Pre-Conference and Opening Reception

Excited to see what is in store at the National Summer Learning Conference. #summerconf #hype4reading #hypefreedomschool

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Looking forward to presenting tomorrow #summerconf #punahousummer #pueoprogram @punahouschool

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#jomdc we are here at the National Summer Learning Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Time to create quality summer dance programs #summerconf

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Day 1

Day one of the National Conference on Summer Learning was very informative. Summer Changes Everything! #summerconf

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NSLA's pre-conference and first day of the #summerconf #flipagram made with @flipagram

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Wes Moore

Day 1, Continued

Thank you to the over 60 people that joined @goprojectnyc for our Falling in Love with data workshop! #summerconf

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@goprojectnyc is presenting soon. Excited to share our work & learn together. #summerconf

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Day 2

Summer Sparks – Youth Voice

Day 2, Continued

About the National Summer Learning Association: 

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works, offers expertise and support for programs and communities, and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. NSLA’s work is driven by the belief that all children and youth deserve high-quality summer learning experiences that will help them succeed in college, career, and life. For more information, visit www.summerlearning.org

Wes Moore on the Importance of Summer Learning in NSLA interview

6 Nov

The following interview is quoted in its entirety from the most recent Summer Times: Your Resource for Making the Most of Summer (a publication by the National Summer Learning Association). But first, learn a little bit more about Wes Moore.

About Wes Moore: 

Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.

After his studies, Moore, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Moore then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice.

He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Here’s the Interview:

NSLA asked Summer Changes Everything™ conference keynote speaker, Wes Moore about his summers, and why he feels summer is such a pivotal time for all youth. Check out his Q&A below:

Q: How did you spend your summers as a child?

A: When I was younger, my family never really did much over the the summer. We didn’t go on vacation or go to summer camps. We mostly just hung around the neighborhood. My mother was really creative and tried to use the resources of the neighborhood to keep us busy, but most my time was spent hanging with my friends in our neighborhood.

Q: Why do you feel summer learning is so important?

A: What happens over the summer or what doesn’t happen over the summer is putting us at a crucial disadvantage. Learning doesn’t stop over the summer. Students are still picking up information. The question becomes who are they picking up information from? Teachers and role models or friends on the street?

Q: How do we overcome the negative attitudes/perceptions about summer learning and what most think of as remedial summer school?

A: Learning should never have a negative stereotype and there is never a bad time to learn. In fact, some of our most privileged students spend their summers traveling and visiting other countries and sharing new experiences. This is certainly a type of learning, and it does not have a negative stereotype. We want to make sure that all students can realize learning over the summer doesn’t necessarily happen in a classroom, but academic experiences can be fun at any time.

Q: Tell us how summer learning providers are using your book, The Other Wes Moore in their programs?

We’re been fortunate enough to have our book used in a variety of learning environments. We’ve actually had many schools use it for summer reading to prepare for the upcoming year.

About the National Summer Learning Association: 

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works, offers expertise and support for programs and communities, and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. NSLA’s work is driven by the belief that all children and youth deserve high-quality summer learning experiences that will help them succeed in college, career, and life. For more information, visit www.summerlearning.org

Live Tweeting: Day 2 of the School’s Out Washington Bridge Conference

28 Oct

Today I had the great pleasure of attending and presenting at the 14th annual School’s Out Washington Bridge Conference. The people I met were passionate about working with young people and were engaged in every presentation.

About the Conference: The Bridge Conference brings together education and community leaders serving youth both in and out of school to come together to strengthen these partnerships between our formal education system and after-school and youth development (AYD) programs. This year’s conference theme was Making Learning Personal and emphasized how meaningful learning is ignited by personal passion, supports social-emotional learning all the while building competency in academics. We hope for a world in which all youth are accessing quality services both in and out of school that help them succeed in school and in life.

I had such a fun time live tweeting the plenary sessions and my two workshops. Below is the social media roundup of Day 2 of the conference.

Making Learning Personal at the 2014 Bridge Conference! #Bridge2014

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So ready for Day 2 of the Bridge Conference! #Bridge2014

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Equality vs. Equity Bridge Conference 2014 #Bridge2014

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Lunch! 2014 Bridge Conference! #SchoolsOut #Bridge2014

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UW's campus is absolutely beautiful 💜💛 #Bridge2014

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Live Tweeting: Art With a Story, a Just Kids Partnership project

23 Oct

Last night I had the great pleasure to live tweet an event at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. The event, Art with a Story, was a multimedia fundraising event featuring visual and performance art to honor Youth Justice Awareness month. I was invited to the event by fellow Public Allies Maryland (and AmeriCorps) Alum, Shannon Daley.

About the Just Kids Partnership: Just Kids is a campaign working to change the way youth charged as adults are treated in the Maryland justice system through policy change, community organizing and public education.

Their goals are threefold: (1) reduce the number of youth who are charged and tried as adults; (2) advocate for policies that transfer fewer youth to the adult criminal justice system; and (3) increase the number of safe and effective community-based programs and practices that serve youth who are accused of serious offenses.

Here’s the social media roundup from the event:

For more information check out these links:

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