by Katie Allen

Summer is just around the corner and many schools and communities are working on plans to provide kids with innovative learning opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education’s recent announcement of $81 billion in funds for education provided by the American Rescue Plan provides states and schools an extraordinary opportunity to create immediate plans that accelerate academic and social-emotional support for students. As program planners develop new or revamped offerings to engage students over the summer, education leaders should consider building these programs upon seven key evidence-based practices shown to accelerate academic and social-emotional learning.

Bringing together the research on increased learning time and student outcomes, as well as the U.S. Department of Education’s roadmap for addressing the inequities and inadequacies of the student education experience during COVID-19, this infographic provides a quick overview of seven foundational best practices for creating effective summer and extended learning opportunities.

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Katie Allen is the Deputy Director of the Region 12 Comprehensive Center. She assists in the coordination of the Center’s work and supports technical assistance on key education opportunities to state education agencies.