New Jersey Department of Education

Guidelines for Successfully Planning Summer Learning

Imperative to the success of summer learning is the engagement of a variety of stakeholders.  Additionally, a core component of specific federal funding including Every Student Succeeds Act, and ESSER requires meaningful engagement of diverse stakeholders.  Consider incorporating the following individuals and/or entities invested in LEAs summer learning strategies in various stages of planning:

  • Parents/Guardians/Caretakers
  • Teachers
  • Specialists
  • IEP teams
  • Teacher’s union representatives
  • Principals and supervisors
  • Partner organizations
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Student Support Services
  • Academic/Curriculum office representatives
  • Food Service
  • Family/Community advocates
  • Social Services
  • Students
  • Other interested and impacted parties

Guiding Questions

  • How and at what points in your planning process will you communicate decisions to families and other key stakeholder groups?
  • How will you provide strategies to strengthen the family’s ability to support learning?
  • Will communication with families be translated into multiple languages?
  • What data and information will you collect to assess the implementation and impact of summer learning plans?
    • With whom and how will information be shared to ensure continuity of learning?
  • How will you incorporate the unique needs of students with disabilities, ELL, migrant children and children experiencing homelessness when developing summer programs and communication strategies?
  • Has food security and maintenance of programming been established for children and their families for the summer?
  • How does your delivery model consider the unique needs of specific student groups?
    • Are accommodations and specialized technology available for students with disabilities?

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