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NSLA works with the Weikart Center to improve quality in over 4,000 out-of-school time programs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
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In 2013, the David P. Weikart Center (Weikart Center) and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) collaborated in a bold new effort to improve the quality of summer learning programs across the country.

As a result, the Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention (SLPQI) and the Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment (SLPQA) were designed to advance the science and practice of continuous improvement by focusing on qualities of the learner experience that optimize skill building in a variety of key domains.

The SLPQI includes components that measure quality of management and instructional practices, provide training and technical assistance support and offer a framework for continuous improvement which has already impacted thousands of youth. Since its pilot year in 2013, the SLPQI has been implemented in 38 sites in Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Northern California, and Seattle.

Sprockets out-of-school-time network (St. Paul, MN) and Summer Scholars (Denver, CO) are emerging as models with great potential to demonstrate the effectiveness of the SLPQI. This year, through the generous support of The Wallace Foundation, Sprockets will implement a two year SLPQI pilot to support both continuous improvement and evaluation of system-level performance, cost effectively, and at scale. Since its inception in 2011, Sprockets has impacted over 20,850 youth in St. Paul with a growing out-of-school-time network comprising 90 organizations and 38 data system partners.

For over two decades, Summer Scholars, has partnered with twenty “Denver elementary schools to provide high-quality reading, language and math tutoring, enrichment and family literacy to 2000 children and their families each year.” Summer Scholars is also a 2005 Excellence in Summer Learning Award Winner.

Together, these two cities will continue to impact thousands of youth, advance the standard of quality summer programming through the SLPQI, stem the summer slide, and improve outcomes related to college and career readiness.

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