Boston Summer Learning Summit – March 18, 2016


Over 100 attendees participated in the Boston Summer Learning Summit on March 22, 2016, at District Hall (which generously sponsored the event). Attendees represented program partners (both summer and school-year partners), philanthropy, city/district representatives, and local thought leaders.


Incorporating youth voice into program design constituted the main charge of the day. A new practice brief, based on citywide youth focus groups, was released, and a panel of Boston Public School students helped attendees discuss strategies for incorporating more opportunities for youth leadership, choice, and autonomy into programming. This topic is in response to data trends that show school-year and summer sites struggle in these domains. Practitioners made commitments to incorporate more youth voice into their programming, based on the youth panel and ensuing roundtable discussions.


The final portion of the Summit featured a presentation from Boston Public Schools on its approach to utilizing summer as a 5th quarter of learning.