Summer Matters


Program Providers

The following tools are organized to reflect the domains of the National Summer Learning Association's quality standards, and are intended to support your efforts to build a high quality summer learning program.

2013 Summer Learning Technical Assistance Manual

Summer Matters Technical Assistance Providers
Click here to find Summer Matters TA providers who can help with summer learning program support in your region.


Purpose


Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP) Quick Reference Guide | National Summer Learning Association

Refer to these research-based quality program standards as you shape your planning, training, quality assessment and reflection process.

P-CASP- Phased Self-Assessment | National Summer Learning Association
Focus a program improvement process with this tool that helps identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. This tool includes CASP "power standards" deemed to be foundational to summer learning program quality.

Measuring Youth Outcomes
Determine how you will measure your program's goals with this guide to a variety of assessment and evaluation tools - including recommendations from the National Summer Learning Association and Public Profit.

Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input | Public Profit
Find creative strategies to gather input about your program and its impact directly from participants.

Quality Improvement Plan
Organize your program's quality improvement strategies with this simple template.

Summer Outcomes Measures On-Line Toolbox | University of California, Irvine
The Outcome Measures Online Toolbox is designed to assess students' reading efficacy, work habits and social competencies using scales that have well-established reliability and validity.


Partnerships


Collaboration Continuum
Use this chart to explore the roles of possible partners in achieving your program goals.

Sample MOU
Modify this template defining the roles and terms of a formal partnership agreement as you develop partnerships.


Planning


Summer Learning Planning Timeline
Print this one-page document that outlines key steps to designing a high quality summer program. The timeline includes when you should begin planning steps such as setting goals, planning curriculum, and hiring staff. This summer planning calendar is aligned with the National Summer Learning Association's quality standards for program management and operation.


Program Sustainability


Public Funding for Summer Webinar
This webinar provides an overview of the Partnership for Children & Youth's guide on how summer learning supports the priorities of the Local Control Accountable Plans and toolkit for local advocacy. There are also introductions on how Title I, Title III, SNAP Education, and Migrant Education funding sources can be applied to summer learning programs.

Funding to Support Summer Programs
Identify potential sources of private and public funding to support summer programs for youth. This guide is based on the lessons learned by city, school district and community-based organizations that have secured funding to operate high quality summer learning programs. 

Assessment of Sustainability Planning
Complete this rubric to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your programs approach to sustainability.

Evaluating Potential Funding Sources | Finance Project
Fill out this Finance Project worksheet to evaluate potential funding sources and financing strategies.

Summer Matters- How Summer Learning Strengthens Students' Success | Public Profit 
The Summer Matters campaign has released first-ever findings on the impact of summer learning programs on California students’ academic achievement.


Staff


Staff Skills Assessment
Not sure where to start with staff training? Start with them! Have your staff complete this assessment to determine which of the many professional development topics most directly addresses their needs.

Summer Staff Training Topics
Review this page to outline your staff training plan for the year to ensure you are covering everything your staff might need to deliver a high quality, effective, and fun program experience for your youth.


Teaching Strategies


Cooperative Learning | David. P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Create cooperative learning structures using this guide to implement a four strategy method that includes multiple group work opportunities, clear goals, collaboration, and reflection time.

Youth Voice | David. P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Read this guide to understand the delicately balanced strategies of providing the right opportunities and supports for meaningful youth input and decision-making.

Planning and Reflection | David. P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Explore this guide that defines critical practices in planning and reflection that help ensure that activities are intentionally designed to support youth learning.


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