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Summer Learning Loss

Survey Finds Support and Need for Summer Learning Programs

Jodi Grant | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Jodi Grant

This phenomenon has been identified by researchers who have determined that elementary, middle and high school students actually lose ground on what they've learned in school during the summer months.

Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap

Emily Richmond | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

A new report suggests that when it comes to summer enrichment programs, the opportunities that might help slow that academic slide for struggling students are out of reach for many families.

In Order for Our Kids to Keep Learning, We Need to Keep Learning Too

Jennifer Peck | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Jennifer Peck

How do we act on new information, when our systems and structures have been built on a foundation of incomplete or outdated information? How do we adjust what we've built in order to accommodate what we've learned?

5 Ways To Cultivate Fearless Summer Readers

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Pam Allyn

We can stock our children's lives with stories and in this way, help them achieve academically and also inspire them deeply. Summer can be a transformational season for your child as a reader. Here are five ways to make sure this real-time magic happens.

What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

Patrick Corvington | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.

12 Fun Ways to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Challenge yourself this summer by deciding to enrich your children so that they can return to school in the fall without having lost any academic ground. Here are a few tips that worked for me.

Can Bill de Blasio Implement a Broader, Bolder Approach to New York City Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | New York
Elaine Weiss

The question now is whether the city will be at the forefront of the growing momentum to advance a more comprehensive, community-led approach to educational improvement?

Schools Get Creative To Beat 'Summer Slide'

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 10.10.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON — For many students and teachers, summer vacation was more like summer term. Reading lists. Science camps. Portfolio development. Th...

Smarter Summers: Keeping Kids Engaged During Crucial Summer Months

Anna M. Babin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Anna M. Babin

When school doors close for the summer months, studies show the learning gap widens drastically for kids from low-income families compared to their more advantaged peers.

Let's Put the 'Summer' Feeling Back into 'Summer Learning' for Kids

Pam Allyn | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

All of our children have the right to a quality education and to learn every month of the year. Let us, this year in 2013, commit to every child across the country that we will bring their passions and interests to life.

Negative Impact Of Summer Vacation On Students?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents

When summer relaxation is over and school starts back up, many students may find they've fallen behind. A recently released survey from the Nationa...

Ending Summer Learning Loss: Can It Be the Key to True Education Reform?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 08.18.2013 | Parents
Curtis Valentine

While school system governance, school choice and school closings have dominated recent discussions about school reform, the beginning of summer break is a perfect time to highlight the impact summer learning loss has on efforts to close achievement gaps.

What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers

Jennifer Peck | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

For California schools, the consequences of the sequester mean broad spending cuts to public school systems that will hit low-income children the hardest.

Is Social Mobility Ending in America?

Varun Anand | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Varun Anand

Education is no longer the great American equalizer, and in order to effectively level the playing field, those for whom the odds were in their favor should give back to the school system and assist the disadvantaged in breaking the odds that are so dauntingly stacked against them.

This November, Learning Is on the Ballot

Jennifer Peck | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
Jennifer Peck

When you go to the polls this November, keep in mind what's at stake for our schools and communities. The school year matters, summer matters, and so does your vote.

Stock in Summer

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

We lose 20% of our public investment in education, every year, when we fail to take stock in summer and give kids opportunities to keep learning from one grade to the next.

How to Combat Summer Learning Loss (Hint: It's Not Math Camp)

Darell Hammond | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

This summer, we need to let our kids go play and we need to stop worrying about whether or not it's going to ruin their chances of getting into college. (It won't.)

600 Summer Learning Scholarships for Chicago Students

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago
Earl Martin Phalen

With budget cuts creating a decrease in educational opportunities and an increase in summer violence and hopelessness among youth, it's imperative to keep our children engaged over the summer.

Summer Matters, Now

Jennifer Peck | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Jennifer Peck

When not addressed, the devastating effects of summer learning loss are ongoing and cumulative, affecting students' performance throughout the whole of their academic career.

Cuts in Education: A Failing Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We still talk about public education as the great equalizer and pathway out of poverty, but continue to fall far short in assuring millions of poor children upward mobility.

The Brain As a Muscle: What We Should Really Do With Summer

Matthew Boulay | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education
Matthew Boulay

The fact that summer looms so large for many kids and adults as an inalienable right to absolute time off communicates something sad about the way we view intellectual growth.

Changing the STEM Equation This Summer

Jennifer Peck | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Jennifer Peck

As a leader in driving technological and social innovation, California can lead by example in making STEM teaching and learning a summertime priority.

Thinking Outside the Sandbox on Avoiding the Summer Slide

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

Students regress about a month during summer break. But for children from low-income families, it can be even more, especially when it comes to reading growth. And over time, this phenomenon snowballs.

Fun, Easy Ways to Keep Kids' School Skills Fresh This Summer

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 09.06.2011 | Education
Sharon Duke Estroff

During the school-year, critical academic skills are regularly reinforced. Summer is a completely different story, as most kids hardly pick up a pencil in June, July and August.

A New Exercise in Combatting Childhood Obesity: Summer Learning Programs

Jennifer Peck | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education
Jennifer Peck

Too much junk food and sedentary activities and not enough healthy meals and exercise often adds up to summertime weight gain, especially among children.