Dallas City of Learning
DCOL is a citywide initiative that ensures students have access to a high quality summer learning program to prevent summer learning loss.
The program provides out of school summer activities for kids. Subjects span across arts, culture and STEM learning system for grades K-12.
What sparks your interest?
Dallas City of Learning brings together hundreds of programs, activities and events for you to explore your interests and pursue what you love.
Just go to dallascityoflearning.org and you are free to explore. You can browse by topic or search by a specific interest. You can also search for activities by neighborhood or zip code and whether they are in person or online, free or paid by age and by date.
Dallas City of Learning focuses on connecting youth with low- and no-cost learning experiences that cultivate creativity, build social and emotional skills and boost academic achievement. Learners choose from an array of digital and in-person activities throughout the city that spark their interests and feed their curiosity.
Reversing learning loss
Together with the City of Dallas, Dallas ISD, and more than 400 community partners, we connect students to the city’s most valuable out of school time resources. Along the way, we spark imaginations, inspire a drive to learn, and help reverse cumulative learning loss.
By partnering with the Center on Research and Evaluation at SMU, we are evaluating the quality and effectiveness of this initiative and tracking the year-over-year impact of summer learning for young people who attend Dallas ISD schools.
Impact of Dallas City of Learning
With every 10 days of Dallas City of learning programming:
“As someone who was the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college, I know that it takes a village for us to move our children forward. Dallas City of Learning is providing our children with a village that cares, teaches, and enriches. We should all support this program as an investment in our future workforce.”
— Cynt Marshal, CEO Dallas Mavericks
“Dallas City of Learning has helped create more equity for students living in areas with little to no enrichment activities. Over the past 3 years, the initiative has provided more than 7,300 summer learning programs-overall improving attendance, GPAS, and STAAR scores.”
— Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent Dallas ISD
“Continuing to keep our students’ minds sharp over the summer months impacts their school performance and ultimately, their long-term prospects for academic success. The City of Dallas is grateful for the hundreds of partners that work hard to deliver this important program for our children.”
— T.C. Broadnax, City Manager of Dallas
Big Thought and Dallas ISD, along with four other urban public-private partnerships, participated in a multi-year research study funded by the Wallace Foundation to develop and implement summer learning programs to help close the opportunity gap. This initiative, referred to as the National Summer Learning Project (NSLP), lead to a series of comprehensive reports and strategy tools that are helping communities throughout the country increase the access, dosage and quality of their summer learning opportunities.
Each year, Big Thought also works with the Southern Methodist University Center on Research and Evaluation to evaluate Dallas City of Learning for access, dosage and quality indicators that impact academic achievement and attendance.
Check out some of the research articles and whitepapers that cover or were influenced by Dallas City of Learning.
How to support dallas city of learning
We would love for you to support this important work. Donations can be made safely and securely online, and you can designate your gift specifically for this program
THE DCOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The DCOL Advisory Committee plays an important role in the identification, development, implementation and evaluation of key DCOL strategies and tactics. The committee’s work ensures that DCoL initiatives connect to larger community-wide strategies.
THE LEARNING PATHWAYS COHORT
The learning pathways project is a design project using digital resources to create more visibility into the skills that young people are developing out of school.
Join a small cohort of DCOL partners and gain access to training on the digital badge platform, participate in regular feedback sessions with members of the Big Thought team and more.