Education leaders face a critical need to improve outcomes for all students. For many students, the traditional school calendar is insufficient time to address gaps in learning and development. School and district leaders must offer expanded learning opportunities through summer and afterschool programs, which have proven benefits to improve outcomes for students. Beginning in 2021, the Michigan Department of Education and its partners have been exploring the state's role in maximizing and expanding these opportunities for all students, with a focus on partnerships with community-based organizations. This session highlights how states can encourage districts in their development of partnerships for expanded summer/after-school learning and enrichment to reach students of diverse backgrounds and levels. Participants will learn about the qualities of effective partnerships and the challenges they can help address, with highlights from the work of several districts in Michigan.
Stephanie leads the Region 8 CC’s support for the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning, including engagement in the Summer Learning Network. As part of that work, she participated in a series of listening sessions with community-based providers and school districts to learn more about their efforts to build partnerships. A former educator, she has taught summer school and was a long-time volunteer in an afterschool program.
As Director of Michigan’s Office of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning, Richard manages the state’s work in support of out-of-school time programs (i.e., before- and after-school, summers, vacations, and weekends) for K-12 students. He leads Michigan’s Summer Learning Network, which includes representation from regional education agencies, districts, community-based organizations, and foundations, to expand access to high-quality summer learning and enrichment opportunities for the state’s students.
Stacy consults to support the adoption of continuous quality improvement frameworks on behalf of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, the National Summer Learning Association, and FHI360 while also serving as Associate Director of Youth Development at Nova Southeastern University.