History

October 2013

Community based agencies began requesting support from Teach For America to provide teachers to help with critical literacy and academic needs of their constituents.

July 2014

Through a grant from Barclays, Teach For America hired 28 teachers to work across five partnering agencies (Hilltop, Walnut Street YMCA, West End Neighborhood House, Latin American Community Center, and Shortlidge B&G Club) over the summer to serve as curriculum writers, counselors and instructional coaches.

September 2014

Collaborative Camps presented findings to funding leaders in Wilmington, announcing capacity gains at each participating camp. Leaders from all participating agencies agreed to collaborate transparently, innovatively, and boldly to improve summer outcomes for campers.

October 2014

Collaborative Camps participated in a data stepback identifying shared operational barriers to excellent summer camp operations. Learning and solutions that were generated became the foundation for SummerCollab’s future model.

November 2014

EXPLO signed on as a new partner for The Summer Learning Collaborative, funding and facilitating a three-day Professional Development opportunity for all camp leaders associated with our budding network. The event was transformative. For more information about our EXPLO partnership, click here.

March 2015

SummerCollab recruited Instructional Coaches and Curriculum Directors into each partnering program for a second year, empowering each agency to contract with teachers to support with curriculum writers.

May 2015

East Side Charter School receives 21st Century Funding to partner with B&G Club and SummerCollab to execute summer learning programming for 150 campers.

June 2015

SummerCollab partners with Let’s Go Learn and Learning Upgrade to offer camps the opportunity for a precise, accurate and immediate literacy assessment and support tool for campers.

August 2015

SummerCollab reports reversal of summer learning loss in one or more literacy category for each camper, based on Let’s Go Learn results.  Data stepback reveals camp satisfaction of Curriculum Director and Instructional Coaching Roles.

September 2015

Data collection and analytics from assessment tool and course-related exit tickets are leveraged by camp teams to communicate progress to counselor teams.

October 2015

SummerCollab launches as a standalone non profit, spinning out of Teach For America.  Fraim B&G Club joins the SummerCollab Network.

November 2015

SummerCollab receives funding from Longwood Foundation. SummerCollab sites attend second annual retreat hosted by EXPLO in Norwood, Massachusetts.

March 2016

All Curriculum Directors and Instructional Coaches are hired for Summer 2016, effectively expanding their commitment window by six months.  SummerCollab partners with Salsthon to launch Tyler’s Camp to offer high quality enrichment opportunities to campers at Salesianum.

April 2016

Personalized coaching model launched to offer curriculum advisement and coaching to all camp counselors.  Make Summer Smarter RFP is launched in partnership with United Way of Delaware to welcome “Expansion Camps” into SummerCollab Network.

July 2016

Tyler’s Camp launches, engaging students in high quality enrichment.  SummerCollab Leadership Teams launch, supporting over 2000 campers in Wilmington.

November 2016

SummerCollab hosts first Summer Learning Celebration, honoring Walnut Street YMCA, Hilltop and Fraim for Summer Learning Awards.  SummerCollab welcomes four new programs into The Network:  Western Sussex B&G Club, Brown B&G Club, Kingswood Community Center, and Urban Promise.

Summer 2017

Thanks to a generous donation from the Arsht-Cannon Fund, SummerCollab and our partners: La Esperanza, the YWCA, Georgetown Boys and Girls Club, and Dagsboro Boys and Girls Club provided seven weeks of programming for eighty middle-school-school aged children in Sussex County, Delaware.

July 2017

The National Summer Learning Association names SummerCollab winner of one of its Excellence in Summer Learning Awards, granted to just 8 applicants out of a pool of 500. The award recognizes outstanding summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income children and youth between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

November 2017

SummerCollab welcomes five new programs into the network: Dagsboro Boys and Girls Club, La Esperanza, Laurel Boys and Girls Club, Rose Hill Community Center, and William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center.