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April 6, 2021

Webinar—Accelerating Learning: Strategies for Whole Child Summer Learning and Beyond

Hosted by the AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Learning Policy Institute​

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How can districts support schools in creating high-quality summer learning experiences that focus on acceleration rather than remediation? LPI and AASA, The School Superintendents Association hosted “Strategies for Whole Child Summer Learning and Beyond,” the first webinar in our Accelerating Learning Series. Panelists discussed the research on effective summer learning, as well as practical implementation strategies. The panel addressed a range of topics on summer learning including examining many types of effective summer programs such as those focused on social and emotional well-being, employment and career development, and academic learning. Panelists also discussed essential strategies for successful programs, including designing programs to meet student and community needs with stable, well-trained staff; systematic approaches to the curriculum; and strategies that ensure consistent participation by students.


  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute
  • Diana Greene, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Florida
  • Jennifer Sloane McCombs, Senior Policy Researcher and Director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, RAND Corporation
  • Charles Payne, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Rutgers University Newark; Director, Joseph Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Research
  • Morton Sherman, Associate Executive Director, AASA Leadership Network (moderator)