How about some excellent, FREE professional development for making Summer Learning in your program the best it can be?


Attached is the flyer for a wonderful Professional Development conference sponsored by the San Francisco Summer Learning Network.  The conference on May 17 will be packed full of exciting opportunities for staff to learn how to make this the very best summer for San Francisco kids ever.


Some of the workshop topics include:

Getting hands on with science

Taking your young people out in nature in the City

Adapting activities for children with special needs

Preparing excellent lesson plans

Dancing and movement with your kids

And many more!


The event is aimed at line staff who work directly with children and youth during the summer.

There will be 15+ workshops to choose from, opportunities to network with colleagues from other programs, and free lunch for those who register by Monday May 14th at noon.


Date: Thursday, May 17th

Time: 9am – 1:30pm

Location: Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary.


To register, please go to the eventbrite link:


Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 15th.


Please consider this free and excellent opportunity for professional development and send your entire staff!!!


What is the Summer Learning Network?

The Summer Learning Network is a citywide network facilitated by the city’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF), which includes the San Francisco Unified School District, and more than 60 providers of summer learning programs.


The Summer Learning Network facilitates connecting summer youth programs with enrichments that help young people’s minds grow and thrive, as well as promoting reading, exercise and healthy eating. “Summer Learning Loss” is a well-known concern for low-income students who are likely to have less active summers, while their more privileged peers benefit from travel, summer camps, outings to museums and events, athletic pursuits and more. Socioeconomically advantaged students tend to gain or at least hold steady academically during summer vacation, while low-income students tend to slide back. This summer setback accounts for a significant portion of the achievement gap that limits the horizons of disadvantaged young people.  Did you know?

·      Students who aren’t engaged in any summer enrichment lose about 2 months worth of academics.

·      This summer learning loss accounts for over half the achievement gap between middle class and disadvantaged children.

·      Children now gain weight over the summer due to lack of exercise and healthy foods.


The Network was started in the summer of 2010 (by New Day for Learning) in order to expand and improve enriched summer learning opportunities for all children across the City.  This is a perfect example of how everyone — not just schools — can contribute to the success and well-being of our students.


Summer Resource Conference Flyer May 2012


Melanie Hopson

Child Care Planning & Advisory Council

Afterschool for All Advisory Council

Summer Learning Network


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