Our Focus for the Summer 2013 Edition...
Chart your Summer Learning!

It’s finally here!  Summer 2013! What a school year this has been for teachers and students alike!  Now you can relax, rejuvenate and reflect on all you have accomplished this year.  In addition to catching up with our families, hopefully taking a vacation to new places, and stepping up our yoga or jogging, there are some great learning opportunities to enjoy. This ISN Summer Edition has something for everyone... 

For teachers we have great links to resources for summertime work.  We also have highlighted research on summer learning programs and ways to make summer reading effective for students.  For leaders, we are featuring an online guide to effective ways of engaging older youth in summer learning along with a resource to locate funding to support summer learning programs.  Start planning now to create an even better summer learning experience!

For parents of children with special needs we have wonderful resources for planning summer activities and ways to create a literacy-rich summer! Visit the link to Camp What-A-Wonder for great online learning to enjoy with your child.

At the close of the school year, I was asked to speak to educators in Loudoun County, VA on the topic of inclusion.  This ‘mini-session’ was offered during their brief thirty-minute lunch break and needed to concisely describe the characteristics of inclusive educators.  We have included a short video featuring these 12 Characteristics of Inclusive Educators.  We hope you enjoy it and would love to hear from you if you want to add to this brief list of characteristics.

Finally, in planning for the new school year, Stetson & Associates has added a wonderful tool you will want to use again and again.  It is a list of instructional accommodations with available technology enhancements to support successful learning for every student. We all know accommodations are a critical part of successful instruction for almost any student!  Spend part of your summer practicing with technology to prepare instructional accommodations. We encourage you to incorporate these into your instructional planning this fall!


  Thank you,
  Frances Stetson, Ph.D.
  President, Stetson & Associates, Inc.

Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times is a new resource that was designed to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and show how innovative states, districts and communities have creatively developed and sustained high-quality summer programming.

“Best Practices in Summer Learning for Middle and High School Youth” is an online guide in text and video to effective ways of engaging older youth in summer learning.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs offers two helpful resources for families: a Summer Planning Guide and a 2013 Summer Camp Guide.  Both resources are free and available for download on their website.
The web-based production, Adventures in Summer Learning, offers practical suggestions for parents about how to create a literacy-rich summer, as well as profiles of effective formal programs for at-risk youth and children with learning disabilities.

What do Teachers Do in the Summer? Learn!  is an online resource from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities offering ideas for summer learning for teachers including on-line modules and social media ideas.

Join the Summer of Twitter Teacher Challenge that encourages teachers to experience the collaboration and sharing that happens among teachers on Twitter.   

Learning Forward 2013 Summer Conference
Minneapolis, MN
July 21-24, 2013 

Camp What-A-Wonder 
In your living room
June 17-July 26, 2013
10th Annual Summer Changes Everything National Conference on Summer Learning
Orlando, Florida
November 11-13, 2013

Engaging Families in Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: A Review of the Research

How to Make Summer Reading Effective

Conduct your own research with our Staff Development Survey. Prioritize your learning and chart a course to gain skills and knowledge this summer!

The School-Based Practices Profile categorizes action-based inclusion efforts into seven dimensions and within each dimension, specific strategies for achieving success are listed. It is designed as a self-assessment instrument to assist a team of stakeholders in reviewing current practices with regard to inclusive education and determining next steps in the journey toward excellence for all students.
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