Summer Learning Best Practice Guide- New Edition for Summer 2022

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Oregon Department of Education - Oregon achieves - together

To:          Superintendents and Principals, Charter School Leaders, Private School
                Leaders, Education Partners
From:     Colt Gill, Oregon Department of Education Director
Date:      Tuesday, October 19, 2021
RE:         Summer Learning Best Practice Guide- New Edition for Summer 2022

Dear District and School Leaders & Education Partners,

Thank you for the tremendous efforts, long hours, and creative problem solving taking place in Oregon schools and districts every day. Your work is nothing less than inspiring. You are going above and beyond to help maintain in-person learning for our students. We see and appreciate you.

Key Elements graphic summer learning

We are excited to release the Summer Learning Best Practice Guide for the Summer of 2022. This guide is designed to help districts as they develop a variety of summer programming; its aim is to offer ideas and resources from research and practice to help shape learning experiences that matter to students.

Summer Learning: Why Now?
While summer learning might feel far away and a bit out-of-reach in this moment, we wanted to get ahead of the curve and provide timely resources so you have the tools you need before you need them. We know early and robust planning is one of the most important characteristics of effective summer programs. For any typical school year, summer planning must start in the fall and winter. We acknowledge that this is far from a typical school year, and yet we care about sharing this with you for those that are ready to begin planting seeds for summer. 

This guide may also inform the development and implementation of ESSER III funding plans to address unfinished learning. We recognize the heightened need for summer learning programs to provide a strong foundation of care, connection, and healing for students and their families as our communities continue to grapple with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Save the Date!
Please mark your calendars and join us for a series of interactive gatherings focused on bringing the ideas and content of the Summer Learning Best Practice Guide to life. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the Summer Learning webpage for your convenience.

Summer Learning Webinar Series

Date & Time

Zoom Link

The Big Picture: An Overview and Discussion of the Summer Learning Best Practice Guide (ESSER III information will be embedded)

October 26,
3:00-4:00 pm


October 29, 10:00-11:00 am 

October 26

Zoom Registration link 

October 29 

Zoom Registration Link 

Practical Tools to Support Effective Programming

November 12, 10:00- 11:00 am

Zoom Registration link

Purposeful Planning and Quality Programs

December 16, 3:00-4:00 pm

Zoom Registration link 

Deepening Community Partners & Engaging Students and Families

January 14, 10:00-11:00 am

Zoom Registration link 

Elevating Relationships and Enrichment & Ensuring Mental Health and Well-Being

January 27,
3:00-4:00 pm

Zoom Registration link 

Integrating Well-Rounded Learning and Work That Matters

February 11, 10:00-11:00 am

Zoom Registration link 

Panel of Practitioners: Summer Programs Across Our State

February 24, 3:00-4:00 pm

Zoom Registration link 

Please visit our Summer Learning webpage to find the resources above and additional information. For questions regarding summer, before and after school programming, contact Raquel Gwynn or Sophie Hilton

We are grateful for your attention and look forward to supporting your work and efforts throughout the year and in summer 2022.