Building Literacy Skills in 21st CCLC OST Programs

This webinar provides an overview of literacy development and instructional practices for literacy and writing. It showcases 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs in CO, MO, and TN that focus on literacy. The National Writing Project shares their strategies and resources for successfully fostering children's literacy development. Although highlighting 21st CCLCs, the strategies could be applied to any afterschool or summer program wanting to focus on literacy development. 

Learning Loss and Equity

This webinar provided a discussion among thought leaders about lessons learned and strategies for responding equitably to learning loss and other loss resulting from the pandemic and child care and school closures. They suggested a strengths-based response to what children have learned while at home with their families. Strategies that were shared included ideas about family engagement, supports for Indigenous children, mentoring partnerships, assessment, and ways to increase professional development opportunities and compensation. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

The Art of Distance Learning in Afterschool

In this webinar, staff from ISANA Academies in Los Angeles and EduCare Foundation share their distance learning models and discuss how they prepared and supported staff, recruited participants, and processed learnings as they navigated the new world of virtual learning. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.

Supporting English Learners

This two-part webinar series geared to practitioners offers an introduction on how to support English learners in afterschool programs. The first webinar identifies important background information, different types of English learners, how to collect data on needs, and tips on creating safe learning environments. The second webinar focuses on practical applications and implementation to support language acquisition through intentional activity design and staff training.

Engaged: Using Summer to Connect Students and Families

This webinar, facilitated by Attendance Works, explores how schools, public agencies, and community partners can use attendance and participation data to organize and tailor summer programs. It suggests a 4-step framework: (1) establish a team; (2) identify priority groups of students to reach; (3) craft engagement strategies; and (4) reflect, learn, and improve. It included excellent examples of summer programs from an Expeditionary Learning Charter School in D.C. and a rural district in Tennessee.

ACA, CDC and ACN Town Hall for Camps and Out of School Time Professionals

This town-hall-style webinar from June 1, 2021 is designed for camp directors and out-of-school time professionals to ask questions about updated guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Association of Camp Nurses (ACN). Panelists included representatives from these organizations as well as Environmental Health and Engineering and Maine Health. Participants asked questions such as: Are there times when campers should wear masks outdoors? What guidance to follow where campers and staff are fully vaccinated?

Summer Youth Employment Best Practices

This webinar explores best practices in providing older youth with supportive and meaningful employment experiences and paid internships. The panel includes representatives from National Youth Employment Coalition, Summer Youth Employment Program from Charlotte, NC, College to Congress, and Community Relations Manager from Bank of America. They shared approaches from last summer with virtual placements, as well as how they prepare youth and companies and organizations hosting interns.

Creating Healing-Centered Summer Programs

This webinar provides information to prepare summer staff to understand the overwhelming stress or trauma that youth may bring into a summer program. It explores three ways to maximize healing: (1) relationships, as trust is an antidote to stress and can be built through brief interactions; (2) physical activity that is patterned and repetitive like walking, running, or playing catch; and (3) learning how to manage stress through controlled or moderate stress experiences. This resource supports the COVID-19 response. This resource supports resiliency.

How Partnerships and Innovations Support the Increased Need for School-Age Child Care During COVID-19 Webinar

On February 24, 2021, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment hosted a webinar to learn about the recent NCASE voices from the field brief and hear from colleagues engaged in this work.

Voices of Summer Webinar Series

The National Summer Learning Association has provided more than 40 webinars called the Voices of Summer Webinar Series.  The webinars were held between spring 2019 and spring 2021. Presenters include national thought leaders, program providers offering promising practices, and researchers. Topics cover a broad range including the design of hybrid programs, outdoor exploration, good nutrition, fundraising, STEM, SEL, summer youth employment, and culturally-responsive practices.