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Summer Program Support Toolkit: Volume 3


The Winter 2015 Edition was developed by Anita Baker, Ed.D, of Evaluation Services, the Foundation’s evaluation support consultant for summer programs. Topic areas extend well beyond evaluation, touching the many different areas that are involved in delivering quality summer programs. Resource additions focus on three areas:

 

program evaluation

family engagement

summer learning

 

Summer programs are a wonderful opportunity to extend learning for students year-round. We recognize the challenges in structuring programs that meet the academic as well as developmental needs of children and youth—and can successfully engage them and parents. We invite you to explore these resources to support generating ideas and planning.

Thank you for the work you are doing with Greater Hartford children and youth. 

 

Program Evaluation

A Profile of the Evaluation of KindergARTen Summer Camp, June 2004.

Available through the Harvard Family Research Project, Out-of-School Time database/bibliography.

Measurement Tools for Evaluating Out-of-School Time Programs: An Evaluation Resource.
E. Brosi, 2011.
Available through the Harvard Family Research Project, Out-of-School Time database/bibliography.

Family Engagement

Engaging Families in Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: A Review of the Research.
P. Little.
Excerpt from Engaging Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.

Engaging Families in Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: Evidence-Based Strategies.
P. Little.
Excerpt from Engaging Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.

What Research Says about Parent Involvement in Children’s Education: In Relation to Academic Achievement.
Michigan Department of Education, 2002.

Parent Involvement in North Carolina Afterschool and Summer Programs: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Parent Involvement Strategies.
S. Forbes, 2013.

Family Involvement Across Learning Settings.
H. Westmoreland, 2009.
FINE Newsletter
Volume I, Issue 3.

The Power of Parent Involvement: Evidence, Ideas and Tools for Student Success.
E. Patrikakou, DePaul University, Center on Innovation and Improvement, 2008.

Summer Learning

Developing Strategies for Summer Learning.
RAND Corporation, 2014.

Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success.
C. Augustine, J. McCombs, H. Schwartz, L. Zakaras, 2013.

Investing in Summer Learning Can Help Stop the Summer Slide.
RAND Corporation 2011.

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning.
RAND Corporation, 2011.
J. McCombs, C. Augustine, B. McInnis, D. Lichter, A. Cross.
Available in Executive Summary and Full Report Formats.

Impact Report: Summer Literacy Collaborative.
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Out of School Time Literacy and Learning Promotion Grant, Executive Summary of Evaluation.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.

Summer Success: Challenges and Strategies in Creating Quality Academically Focused Summer Programs.
Issues and Opportunities in Out of School Time Evaluation, Harvard Family Research Project, Number 9, October 2006.

Using Afterschool and Summer Learning to Improve Literacy Skills.
C. Rasco, J. Cheatham, S. Cheatham, E. Phalen.
Excerpt from Engaging Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.

Important Links

hfrp.org/out-of-school-time/ and hfrp.org/out-of-school-time/ost-database-bibliography/

expandinglearning.org

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.

This powerful collection of nearly 70 articles presents bold and persuasive evidence—as well as examples of effective practices, programs and partnerships—that demonstrate how opportunities after school and during the summer are yielding positive outcomes for authentic student, community and family engagement in learning. Explore the Compendium

The Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project is pleased to provide a complete online version of every article in the book. On this site you can navigate through the compendium by section, or find articles by a particular author or on a topic of interest.

All of the articles may be printed, downloaded, shared and used freely, so long as the content is attributed to the author(s) and the Expanded Learning & Afterschool Project.

Journals

Learning Journals and Logs, Reflective Diaries.
J. Moon, University of Exeter.
Centre for Teaching and Learning, 2003.

 

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