Three New Summer Learning Community Assessments
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
In the fall of 2014, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) partnered with local organizations in Austin TX, Lewiston ME, and Portland ME to conduct assessments of local summer learning programs. Each assessment revealed key facts about local summer programs and pointed to the key components that a local summer learning system would require to successfully support each city’s youth. Each city’s assessment can be downloaded below.
NSLA, E3 Alliance, KDK-Harman Foundation
With a population of over 1.25 million, the Austin Metropolitan Area is the heart of the Central Texas economy. Summer learning is crucial to the success of the area and without accessible, high-quality summer learning programs, the Austin community cannot close the achievement gap.
NSLA, Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Coalition, John T. Gorman Foundation
The city of Lewiston, with a 2010 population of 36,592, is a close-knit community in Androscoggin County, Maine. There is broad agreement in Lewiston that summer is a unique time to engage with youth who need additional support, including youth from the refugee and immigrant population.
NSLA, Portland ConnectED, United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP), John T. Gorman Foundation
Youth-serving organizations in Portland, Maine, understand that connecting youth to accessible, high- quality summer programming is key to closing the achievement gap. Through Portland’s ConnectED collective impact initiative, these organizations have begun to build a summer learning system that can empower local summer program providers to reach more youth.
The National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Community Initiatives aim to align existing resources and to increase community capacity to deliver high-quality summer learning at scale. Designing strategies that are unique to the local context, NSLA supports community assessment; partner coordination; strategic planning; and capacity building with local intermediaries and stakeholders.