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Community System-Building


Community System-Building


NSLA Brings Summer Learning to Communities Across the Country

NSLA works with communities across the country to build and scale summer learning systems. These collaborative efforts have led to more efficient coordination between multiple entities, resulting in a real impact on local families.

Community-based organizations, schools, public housing authorities, public libraries and other partners have increased the quality of programs and services offered and communication across community programs, and implemented more efficient systems and infrastructure within programs.

How Does NSLA’s Community System-Building for Summer Learning Work?

To bring summer learning to scale, funders, intermediaries and programs need to know:

  • What’s working and what’s not: Community leaders and local funders are well-positioned to encourage and facilitate evaluations that assess the impact and quality of programs in their community.
  • Who to engage: Community leaders can work together to identify stakeholders and engage them in change efforts.
  • How to facilitate and plan for a collaborative approach: Community leaders can work with programs to develop methods to collect and share program information to drive equity, planning, and help keep the work on course.
  • What quality looks like: Following system-level evaluation and resultant planning, local organizations can provide targeted training and professional development to impact specific youth outcomes.
  • How to understand impact: With a shared focus on the intended outcomes, funders and community-based organizations can work with providers to create processes to track the skills youth are gaining within programs and across the community.

For more information on NSLA’s community system-building initiatives, or how to consider summer learning in your grantmaking efforts, contact Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Director of Community System Building, at 410-856-1146 ext. 204 or leslie@summerlearning.

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