The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is seeking applications from summer learning programs nationwide for the 2017 New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Awards. The Excellence Award and Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs and models that strive to curb learning loss in children and youth between prekindergarten and twelfth grade. The New York Life Foundation honors programs with a monetary award of $10,000. NSLA will announce award recipients on National Summer Learning Day, July 13, 2017. All summer program models are eligible for the awards, including drop-in sites or summer-focused plugin programs. Also eligible are wraparound programs that do not partner with a traditional site or enrollment-based summer program, but provide learning or enrichment opportunities during the summer. All applicants receive a detailed feedback report similar to having a full quality assessment. Finalists receive a phone call with two members of the NSLA Program Quality Team. A quality assessment for one program site is valued at up to $4,000.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The US Department of Education has launched an effort to support summer learning programs, along with groups representing governors, state school chiefs, and local superintendents. The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative will support states and school districts as they develop out-of-school-time programs in the upcoming months.
This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.