Summer Program Planning: Memorable Field Trips

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Field trips are fun and can greatly add to a child’s summer learning experience, but how is it possible to ensure learning actually occurs? Jennifer Brady, vice president of member services and program quality, shared strategies for how to incorporate learning into field trips. Susanne Sparks, policy manager, provided tips and encouragement for Summer Learning Day event planners.

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Summer Program Planning: Memorable Field Trips

  1. 1. Summer Program Planning: Memorable Field Trips National Summer Learning Association Friday, Friday May 21 2010 21,
  2. 2. Welcome! Jennifer Brady Susanne Sparks VP, Member Manager, Services and Policy Program Quality
  3. 3. Webinar Functions  Question – Use this feature to ask and answer questions. ti  Audience View – you can see names of others who are joining us on the webinar  Hand Raising – use to be called on to comment, ask, or answer a question , , q  Poll – Given the question, select the best answer
  4. 4. What is one trip you remember taking in the Use the q question box summer as a to share your answers with us. child? hild?
  5. 5. Our mission is to connect and equip schools and d i h l d community organizations y g to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation’s youth to help close the achievement gap gap.
  6. 6. The Association works to:  Increase the number of providers offering high-quality summer learning programs to g qu ty su e e g p og s young people living in poverty;  Increase the number of organizations and g policymakers that identify summer learning as a public policy priority; and,  Increase funding for high-quality summer learning programs for young people who currently lack choices and opportunities. tl l k h i d t iti
  7. 7. Objectives for today:  Gain awareness of the quality standards for summer learning programs  Highlight best practices for memorable field trips  Learn the benefits of Summer Learning D 2010 L i Day
  8. 8. Agenda  Overview of Quality Standards (5 minutes)  Program Planning Guide Overview (5 minutes))  Timeline (10 minutes)  Open up for general questions (5 minutes)  Summer Learning Day (15 minutes)  Wrap up/Questions (5 minutes)
  9. 9. Overview of the Quality Standards d d  Program Infrastructure Domains: Purpose, Planning, People, Professional Development and Partnerships  Point of Service Domains: Individualized, Intentional, Integrated
  10. 10. Program Planning Guide: Overview i Guide includes:  Timelines  Links additional Links, resources  Example documents  Self assessments
  11. 11. Program Planning Guide: Overview
  12. 12. Self-Check: Field Trips i ld T i
  13. 13. Learning is experience. g p Everything else is just information. information -Albert Ei Alb Einstein i
  14. 14. Why Offer Field Trips in the Summer? S ?  Connect to life  Broaden perspectives  Build lif l B ild lifelong interests i  Expose to career options  Develop citizenship  Build community K. Carroll (2007). A Guide to Great Field Trips. Chicago: Zephyr Press.
  15. 15. Neuroscience of Learning  Make it relevant  Give them a break  Create positive associations  Prioritize information  Allow independent discovery learning  Create a safe haven J. Willis (Summer 2007).“The Neuroscience of a Joyful Education.” Educational  Leadership, Engaging the Whole Child. ASCD. Vol. 64.
  16. 16. Low and No Cost Field Trips in Your C Y Communityi  Airport p  Food bank  Bakery  Historic homes  Bank  Humane society y  Botanical gardens  Mechanic shop  City hall  Newspaper  Dentist office  Recycling center  Exercise class  Telephone company  Fabric store  X-ray labs
  17. 17. Quick Tips for a Smooth Trip  Plan early  Plan as a group, delegate logistics  Budget B d  Recruit volunteers  Permission slips up front
  18. 18. Planning a Great Field Trip 1) What do they need to learn? 2) How will we know they learned it? 3) Wh activities will lead them to the What i ii ill l d h h learning?
  19. 19. Ways to Assess if “They Got It” “Th ” Before/During/After: After:  Observation  Art checklist show/presentation /p  Journal  Cartoon  Exit ticket  Newspaper article  Rubric  Music video, song  Self-assessment Self assessment  Skit  Thumbs-up  Venn diagram
  20. 20. Activities Before the Trip  Introduce vocabulary words y  Practice asking good questions  Plan the itinerary  Calculate C l l t costs of trip t ft i  Make a hypothesis  Explore website of destination p  Brainstorm open-ended questions  Role play what you expect to see on trip  Research the subject  Make personal goals: what you want to learn
  21. 21. Activities During the Trip  Interview experts p  Write observations and reflections  Respond to pre-determined questions  Think-pair-share responses to questions, Thi k i h i observations, reflections  Test your hypothesis  Scavenger hunt  Use sketch books  Solve a mystery with leader-provided clues
  22. 22. Activities After the Trip  Take part in a debate p  Write a critique  Graph the data, interpret the data  Do D more research to validate/disprove your ht lid t /di hypothesis  Make maps, drawing, mural  Play charades to show what happened on trip  Make a sound map of what you heard on trip  Host H t a quiz show about what you learned i h b t h t l d  Share a fact you learned with parents
  23. 23. O e S Other Skills to Introduce for Field Trips s o oduce o ed ps  Observation skills  Listening, questioning, interviewing  Note taking N ki  Using technology  Cooperation  Safety
  24. 24. Questions?  What strategies do you use to reinforce learning on field trips?
  25. 25. Summer Learning Day: June 21 A national showcase for summer learning programs to highlight how they: • Maintain and advance participants' academic and developmental growth • Support working families • Keep children safe and healthy • Send young people back to school ready to learn
  26. 26. Tell Your Program’s Story g y  How can you best tell or illustrate your program’s value? • Who needs to hear this message? • How can you capitalize upon plans already underway? d ?
  27. 27. Summer Learning Day: Online Resources li  Planning Kit • Planning Checklist • Draft Invitation Letter • Example Events E Event R i t ti t Registration • Map of events in your community  History • Looking back to 2004
  28. 28. Steps to Take Now  Finalize agenda  Publicize, if appropriate. • Fl Flyers home to parents. h t t • Community calendars. • Invitation l letters.  Purchase special supplies, if needed  Draft media advisory
  29. 29. Final Webinar Summer Program Planning: America After 3PM Summer Data Briefing S D B i fi Monday, June 7, 2010 3 p.m.-4 p.m. 4
  30. 30. Friend of Individual Organization Join the Association! Summer /District Learning • AAccess t open web content including to b t t i l di field news, research and interviews with experts  • Abilit t network with other members Ability to t k ith th b through online discussion groups • Di Discounts on conference, publications, t f bli ti and professional development services • T Two hhours of quality program f lit consulting via phone  • A Access t curriculum rating tool, and to i l ti g t l d Excellence in Summer Learning Award winner profiles • Free program planning guide
  31. 31. Your feedback is important! Please take a few minutes and answer this 5 question survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NPF VHTR
  32. 32. Thank you!  Program Planning/Membership • Erin Gilbert – erin@summerlearning.org  Program Assessment • Sarah Pitcock – sarah@summerlearning.org  Summer Learning Day • Susanne Sparks – susanne@summerlearning.org

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