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Questions to Consider When Planning Virtual Summer School Programming

Questions to Consider When Planning Virtual Summer School Programming

After years of disrupted learning, planning for summer school looks different for many educators. Schools are now exploring new models for summer school by making it more accessible to a wider variety of students than before. Many summer programs will include a digital or virtual component. To help with the planning process, we have compiled a list of things to consider.

These questions are designed to review:

  • The type of summer school program you are offering.
  • The students you are serving.
  • The instruction and staffing needed for success.
1. What type of summer school programming do you plan to offer?
  • Fully in-person options?
  • Blended course options?
  • Fully virtual options?
  • Fully virtual and fully in-person options?
2. How will instruction take place?
  • Fully automated, self-directed?
  • Guided with educator support?
  • Set schedule with direct instruction?
  • Options through a 3rd party?
3. What additional resources are needed for a successful program?
  • Staffing?
  • Online curriculum and programming?
  • Technology?
4. What will the criteria for student summer enrollment be?
  • First come first serve basis?
  • Educator identified struggling students?
  • Students in need of credit recovery?
5. How will the program be structured?
  • Will attendance be taken?
  • Must students complete the entire summer semester?
  • Can students work at their own pace?
6. How will student progress and program data be tracked?
  • Technologies and systems?
  • Who will oversee and monitor data?
  • Who will run student intervention?
7. What are the program policies?
  • How will assignments be turned in?
  • How will grading be managed?
  • How will completion be determined?
  • Letter grade or pass/fail grading?
8. What are the expectations for program content?
  • Is it aligned to state standards?
  • Does programming need to be customized?
  • Full-course or portion earned credit?
9. Who will be the main points of contact for program and support related questions?
  • Contact overseeing all summer programming?
  • Contact for participating educators?
  • Contact for enrolled students?
  • Contact for Parents of enrolled students?
10. What are the expectations for all stakeholders?
  • Administrators?
  • Teachers?
  • Students?
  • Parents?

Looking for online programs to support your teachers and students this summer? Learn more about Edmentum's suite of educational programs that help individualize learning for each student. These programs include digital curriculum, research-based assessments, and educational consulting.

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This post was originally published June 2020 and has been updated.

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Brittany Voges

Brittany Voges currently serves as a Content and Social Media Specialist at Edmentum, and has been with the company since 2016. Before her time at Edmentum, Brittany studied Elementary Education, and eventually went on to teach 4th grade in Title 1 schools. Because of her background in education, Brittany is passionate about providing educators across the United States and the world with the tools and best practices to empower their students each day in the classroom.