This paper by Suzanne Keilson is awesome! Although it is presented as her reflections on her experience teaching summer school for several days and geared towards a post-secondary audience, her insights are amazing and spot on for high school. For example, she notes that "culturally flexibility" along with setting "clear expectations" are crucial to providing the best summer school experience for all. I highly recommend reading and sharing this paper.
One population of students that are increasingly taking advantage of summer school are English language learners (ELL). This blog post by Angelos Bollas provides outstanding tips for teaching ELL students during the shortened summer sessions, but these strategies and activities are also great for any high school summer session.
This infographic on the York University blog by Megan is excellent for posting in the classroom or sharing with your summer school students. Although designed for college students, the tips here are light-hearted, yet very insightful which make them great for use with high school students (and even those in younger grades). For example, "spacing out" during class is on the list of things not to do.
This PrepScholar blog post is a perfect for sharing with students before summer school registration begins. It presents summer school in a totally different framework. Specifically, the focus here is on how students can use summer school to not only make up failing or low grades, but also to take specialized courses, or even prepare for college.
This NPR article by Aly Seidel takes a look at the hard facts about summer school. Or, rather, the fact that there aren't many hard facts. This article doesn't just offer an examination of the effectiveness of summer school, but also serves as a reminder that collecting data, even during summer school, provides us with useful information about what we are doing, with whom, why we are doing it, and whether it is working.
The National Summer Learning Association has created the "go-to" guide for planning summer school. Full of excellent, practical, research-based tips, this guide is perfect for use when planning a summer school program for a whole school, or for referencing when preparing for your summer school class. I strongly recommend bookmarking, printing, and sharing this resource.
Jill E. Thomas' Tolerance.org blog post is a great starting place for secondary summer school teachers. Thomas offers a brief look at the two sides of the summer school coin, with added insight from her personal experiences teaching summer school. Her perspective encourages teachers and students to move away from viewing summer school with dread to looking at it as a unique learning opportunity.