Summer Learning Framework

The guidance, resources, and district examples included below are to support districts and open enrollment charter schools in planning for high quality summer learning programs that accelerate student learning. The included topics are:

Summer Learning Framework

Designing for High-Quality Summer Learning | Student Recruitment | Staffing and PD Models | Climate and Culture | Planning For Enrichment | Budgeting and Financial Planning | Master Scheduling | Site Operations

Summer Learning Workplan Tool: This tool is an optional planning tool designed to support districts and schools in an expedited planning process for summer learning programs. It can be downloaded and modified to best meet unique local needs. 


Designing for High-Quality Summer Learning

Leading research about key program factors, including effective planning, teacher selection, use of time, student recruitment, and evidence-based recommendations for designing, staffing, and promoting your program.


Student Recruitment

How to get students and families to sign up and show up. We'll explore critical components of successful student recruitment efforts grounded in your district or school vision for summer learning. 


Staffing and PD Models

Students benefit the most from great instructors who are well prepared for their summer roles. Learn how to recruit, support, and continuously improve our academic and enrichment educators this summer.


Climate and Culture

Programs with engaged staff and a friendly climate have the highest levels of student attendance and satisfaction. Explore tips to ensure that your summer programs lead with clarity of purpose, consistency, warmth, and engagement to benefit students and families.


Planning for Enrichment

High quality summer enrichment experiences help support students' academic and non-academic needs in exciting ways. Learn about how enrichment can support youth development and academic success with state and national resources and featured programs in Texas.


Budgeting and Financial Planning

Identify key cost drivers for summer programming and hear how other districts approach budgeting for summer learning. This category will cover revenue sources such as Additional Days School Year, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and other federal and state funding streams along with guidance on stacking multiple funding sources.


Master Scheduling

How do evidence-based summer learning principles translate into summer master scheduling? This category details best practices for summer scheduling and provides example schedules from districts across Texas implementing high quality, evidence-based summer learning programs.


Site Operations

Strong summer programs are grounded in strong site operations. This section provides guidance for operations coordination for summer learning - like transportation, lunch, facilities, etc. - so that the academic and enrichment pieces of your summer program are set up for success.