On Monday, March 20, 2017, the OLSN and the Oakland Literacy Coalition co-hosted “The Promise of Summer.” This event served as a community update on summer learning in Oakland, CA.
Here is an overview of what occurred:
Jennifer Peck, President and CEO, Partnership for Children and Youth, spoke on the importance of summer learning in closing the achievement gap. The data about summer learning loss is clear and devastating, particularly for young people whose families cannot afford expensive summer program fees. It is critically important that we come together as a community to plan and provide as much affordable, high quality summer learning as possible for Oakland youth. For more information about summer learning, visit Summer Matters. She also spoke on the current critical issues in public funding for after school and summer programs; specifically the Save Afterschool Campaign, and the threat to 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The Save Afterschool Campaign seeks to to address the shortfall in the ASES rate. The President’s budget outline proposal, which was released this week, would result in the end of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which represent roughly $800,000 in public funding for summer programs in Oakland.
David Silver, Director of Education to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland Promise, presented the work of the Oakland Promise. He shared a video, which provided an overview of the initiative. The slides from his presentation can be found here.
Cassie Perham, Co-Director, Oakland Literacy Coalition, described the work of the OLC and the importance of summer in supporting literacy. The Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) galvanizes the community around a shared vision for a literacy-rich city and strengthen the field so that a well-supportive and effective network of services exists to make literacy a reality for all Oakland children and families.
Daren Howard, Director of Technical Assistance, Partnership for Children and Youth, provided an overview of the work of the Oakland Summer Learning Network and presented the finding of a recent report detailing the extent of summer learning opportunities in Oakland. Read the full report here. He also showed a video, created by Aim High, which demonstrates the value of summer in a child’s life experience, and discussed Inplay, the provider of Oakland’s Online Summer Learning Resource Guide.
Dr. Devin Dillon, Interim Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, closed the meeting with a presentation on summer learning programs provided by OUSD. She emphasized community partnerships, program quality, and role of summer in the district priorities. The slides from her presentation can be found here.
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