Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Week is a week-long celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed. Themes for the week are: Dive into a Book Adventure, Discover STEM and Soar, Arts, Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness, Celebrate the Future Leaders of Tomorrow and Make a Masterpiece. In celebration of National Summer Learning Week, this week's resources focus on local summer learning options. Find additional summer resources by clicking here



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  6. Teaching remotely hasn’t been easy. Try managing a classroom that speaks 10 different languages.



NJPAC Virtual Summer Arts Camp

Connect, create, and discover unlimited possibilities! Reimagine your world through the performing arts. In this four-week, at-home virtual arts training experience, young artists will be guided by NJPAC’s accomplished faculty through specialty sessions of their choice. Options including Acting/Devised Theater, Dance, Hip Hop Arts & Culture, and Musical Theater.Students have the option to join our Rise, Shine, or both for an exciting and creative experience. Camp runs July 6th-31st for ages 10-18. Click here to learn more.


Free Seminars Offered for Rising 9th - 12th Graders

The Rutgers Center for Pre-College Programs will be offering the first Virtual Newark Summer Academy. The program is scheduled to run from July 13 – July 30, 2020. To register, complete the Registration and Class Request form. Once processed, you will receive a confirmation notification within 3 business days with further instructions and program details. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and based on class seat availability. Click here for registration.

Summer Plus

Summer Plus is an Enrichment program that takes place Virtually from July 6-August 7, 2020. Monday through Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM. Students can take 2 workshops per week. Please complete a registration for each student participating. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and workshops will close when capacity is reached. If you have questions, please email [email protected] . Click here to register.

Symphony Hall Performing Arts Academy

Newark Symphony Hall’s TUITION-FREE summer program offers 6 weeks of vocal performances, drama and dance classes for children ages 8 to 15. Taught by professionally trained teaching artists, the education each child receives is designed to stir their individual artistic growth and spark a passion for the arts that will help them develop a healthy relationship to their education and development inside a traditional classroom and out. Click here to register.

Virtual Camp Newark Museum of Art

Join us this summer as we build community through project-based classes where campers can develop their skills and make life-long friends! Now through August 14th, Campers will participate in two (2) 45-minute LIVE Zoom classes per day and Google Classroom check-ins throughout the week. Virtual Camp at The Newark Museum of Art will consist of two sessions and teen classes to accommodate all our campers. Mornings will be reserved for children ages 5-7 & 8-12 and afternoons for teens ages 13+. All weekly sessions include the cost of materials. Materials will be available for curbside pickup only on selected dates. Click here to register.

Virtual STEM Investigation

Do your kids like science, technology, math, and finding solutions to practical problems? Are you looking for engaging activities to fill the summer gap? Check out the list of virtual STEM investigations offered by NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs. The list includes hands-on investigations using very simple, accessible materials, with limited adult supervision required. Click here to learn more.

Virtual Summer at Newark School of the Arts

Newark School of the Arts now offers online instruction so children can study music, dance, visual arts and drama from the comfort and safety of their homes through August 14th. This is a great way to keep kids engaged, while also helping them develop important life skills, like discipline, creativity and self-confidence. All Classes will be taught on-line through Google Meet, which allows teachers and students to communicate in real time. ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A GMAIL ACCOUNT (gmail accounts are free at www.gmail.com); the Google Meet App is available for smartphones and tablets. Some other apps may be used for private lessons. Click here for more info.



Join the conversation about ways in which Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have affected adults and students. Let’s discuss the training and resources that are needed to equip educators to become trauma-informed. All are welcome! Students, too!

ACEs/ Trauma Informed Instruction (PK – 5)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – 3pm to 4pm FREE

ACEs/ Trauma Informed Instruction (6-12)

Monday, July 13, 2020 – 3pm to 4pm FREE

Community Day: Say It Loud..., A Reflection on the ‘67 Newark Uprising, Then and Now

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 12pm to 5pm

On the anniversary of the 1967 Newark Uprising, we reflect with our community on the parallels and differences between then and now. Through a series of engaging virtual programs ranging from storytime, performance, and conversations, themes of equity and inclusion will be explored. This is an opportunity for all generations to come together to discuss and understand our past and present in order to build towards a better future. Click here to register.