Getting ready for summer: Strategies to strengthen summer learning for all

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Image for aesthetic effect only - March-10-webinar-thumbnail In 2021, RAND released a Wallace Foundation commissioned report titled Summer for All – Building Coordinated Networks to Promote Access to Quality Summer Learning and Enrichment Opportunities Across a Community. Join lead researcher Catherine Augustine as she outlines lessons learned from this report that can be used by districts seeking to strengthen their summer learning programs. Also hear from Greg MacPherson, chief Big Thought institute officer, as he outlines the innovations his organization has spearheaded with schools in the Dallas (TX) area.   Participants of this webinar will: Understand key findings from the summer learning report and consider implications for the work in their districts; and Explore how communities have developed collaborative efforts to strengthen and promote summer opportunities.

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Director and Sr. Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation | + posts

Catherine Augustine is director of the RAND Pittsburgh Office and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, with 20 years of experience conducting education research. She is also a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Augustine focuses on improving academic and social-emotional learning outcomes for students in urban school districts, specializing in out-of-school time. She both evaluates implementation of reforms and assesses their impact. Augustine recently conducted a systematic evidence review on summer programs based on the evidence tiers specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act, adding to the knowledge base of what works in summer programming. She is on the boards of The World Affairs Council and The Mentoring Partnership and is committed to providing mentoring and other pro-social opportunities to local students in Pittsburgh.

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Director of Student Services Reforms at Pittsburgh Public Schools | + posts

Christine Cray is the director of student services reforms at Pittsburgh Public Schools, leading reform-oriented initiatives in the Office of Student Support Services. This includes overseeing the work of the Office of Out-of-School Time, which recruits and manages partnerships with over 150 youth-serving, community-based organizations through an annual approval process, and operates the district’s award-winning summer learning camp.

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Chief Big Thought Institute Officer at Big Thought | + posts

As Chief Big Thought Institute Officer, Greg MacPherson oversees a talented team focused on building organizational and community capacity through a suite of services that include professional learning, program and curriculum design, research and evaluation, and consulting. MacPherson joined Big Thought in 2010 and has helped lead the organization’s participation in both the National Summer Learning Initiative and the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative in conjunction with The Wallace Foundation. Previous to Big Thought, MacPherson worked with the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture and also the Classics Theater & Art for Children where he served as director of performing arts and marketing.

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