Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative Virtual Session on Thursday, August 12


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As part of this week’s Back to School activities, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education invites you to join our final virtual session of the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative this Thursday, August 12th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm ET.


This session will offer opportunities to reflect on how we can reimagine what is possible in creating safe, supportive, exciting spaces for students to learn and thrive, and how we can carry these lessons forward as we head back to school. Most importantly, this session will feature conversation with our most important stakeholders: students! Our session will begin in plenary with a conversation between Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and a panel of inspiring students to discuss how they have been impacted by summer programs and offer their advice to education leaders for how to reimagine, redesign and rebuild engaging learning and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. We will also be joined by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the latest updates on guidance and resources for healthy and safe transition back to school.  


Following the opening plenary, participants can choose to participate in Tabletop Discussions on topics including:

  • Strengthening Year-Round Out-of-School Programming   
  • Engaging Educators, Families, Students in Planning Summer and the Return to School
  • After Action Reviews - Identifying Lessons Learned from Summer Learning Programs to Accelerate Learning
  • Vacation Academies: High Power Learning in Short Time Blocks
  • Establishing Data Sharing Agreements Between Community Based Organizations and Schools
  • Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity in Rural Communities


Click here to register and access the meeting materials.


For information about the Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative and to access videos, resources, and information from our past sessions, please visit our website at https://compcenternetwork.org/national-center/summer-learning-enrichment-collaborative.


We look forward to having you join us.


Patrick Rooney, Director
School Support and Accountability

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.