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ERIC Number: ED493847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Summer Success: Challenges and Strategies in Creating Quality Academically Focused Summer Programs. Issues and Opportunities in Out-of-School Time Evaluation Brief. Number 9
Weiss, Heather B.
Harvard Family Research Project
This issue brief looks at evaluations of 34 academically focused summer programs in order to distill challenges and compile promising strategies for creating quality summer programs. While many summer programs face similar implementation challenges, each program has different components and needs, and not every strategy is feasible or even desirable for every program. Rather, the strategies presented in this brief are intended to offer "food for thought" about how best to develop and refine quality programming. Three major themes cut across the seven challenges and accompanying strategies identified in this brief. First, many evaluations identified the important role of linkages, relationships, and partnerships. A second theme that cuts across many strategies is youth engagement. A final theme common to most of these strategies is the importance of operating with intentionality. A list of related resources is also included. Appended is: Program Evaluations Included in This Review.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A