Successful Summers: The Role of High-Quality Summer Learning in High School Completion

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Webcast Details

Aired on: June 8th, 2010

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Bob Seidel

Bob Seidel has lead responsibility for implementation of the National Summer Learning Association's federal policy agenda. Seidel's experience includes, most recently, government relations and policy advocacy for the national office of Communities In Schools, the nation's largest school dropout prevention network.

Brenda McLaughlin

Brenda McLaughlin leads the National Summer Learning Association's community initiatives, ensuring alignment between the organization's overall goals and on-the-ground strategies. Her background includes serving as director for research and evaluation at the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University. She is a recognized expert in the field of summer learning, regularly speaking to out-of-school-time professionals and the media.

This Week's Topic

How young people spend their time during the summer months has a proven effect on academic achievement, graduation rates, and preparation for college. The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation’s youth to help close the achievement gap. During this webcast you’ll learn about the risks associated with a lack of high-quality summer learning opportunities for youth, find out what makes a quality program, understand the policy context, and hear examples of successful summer program-related graduation outcomes.


Presentation Slides pdf.

Afterschool Alliance(2010).

National Summer Learning Association Doesn’t Every Child Deserve A Memorable Summer? pdf.

National Summer Learning Association(2009).

National Summer Learning Association’s New Vision for Summer School(2010).

NDPC/N Newsletter: A New Vision of Summer Learning – Volume 21, Number 3 pdf(2010).

Balfanz, R. (2009).  Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path  pdf Westerville, OH : National Middle School Association.

Reading Rockets – Summer Reading(2010).

Bottoms, G. (2008).  Redesigning the Ninth-Grade Experience pdfAtlanta, GA : Southern Regional Education Board.

References for Webcast – Successful Summers: The Role of High-Quality Summer Learning in High School Completion pdf(2010).

Research in Brief: Summer Can Set Kids on the Right – or Wrong – Course pdf.

Research Notes on Early Warning and Off-track Indicators of High School Graduation pdf(2010).

Summer Learning Day is June 21 – host an event!(2009).

Summer Reading Video(2010)

Arnold, K., Fleming, S., DeAnda, M., Castleman, B., & Wartman, K. L. (2009).  The Summer Flood: The Invisible Gap Among Low-Income StudentsNEA Thought & Action pdf, Fall 2009, 23-34.


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