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July 3, 2018
This Indiana summer program is fighting summer learning loss. Here’s how
A central Indiana summer program is trying to reverse summer learning loss, which research has shown can be equivalent to two to three months of lost reading ability.
Stopping summer slide
July 13, 2017
On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids
Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs.
July 29, 2015
Hoping to reduce summer learning loss, city turns to iPads loaded with books
Sarita Parrales didn’t read at all last summer. And when it came time to start seventh grade, she remembered having to scramble.
July 20, 2015
A growing summer camp aims to start Memphis’s teacher pipeline earlier
The summer children's camp is designed to get kids excited about learning — and to recruit potential educators to Memphis to work one day as classroom teachers.
expanded learning time
August 6, 2014
Fariña: Books are the answer to everything
Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the "learning loss" that affects many students from low-income families when school is out. The implied goal: to make the students enjoy reading as much as Fariña does.
July 10, 2014
A tale of two schools: How summer reveals a growing divide
An assistant principal explains how she's seen a "tale of two cities" play out across schools—and how parents could help.
June 17, 2014
Youth One Book, One Denver teaches kids how to be ‘Savvy’
“Imagine waking up on the 13th birthday knowing something extraordinary was going to happen to you, but you didn’t know what.” This is the premise…
July 11, 2013
Summer Quest kicks off second year with NYC-themed learning
Chancellor Dennis Walcott asked elementary school students questions about the maps they were making of New York City and the Bronx. This morning, after the class of rising fourth-graders at P.S. 211 established what they want to know about the Bronx, they divided into four different groups to come up with projects that would help teach them. One group wanted to know what animals live in the Bronx, so they decided to create a magazine about wildlife. Another group wanted to know what some of the most famous restaurants are in the Bronx, so they're creating a menu for their own Arthur Avenue eatery. Their project-based learning is the hallmark of the Department of Education's Summer Quest program, which is designed to prevent students from losing ground over the summer. It differs from regular summer school, which is geared toward helping students pass state math and reading exams, because it enrolls students who struggle but are not the lowest-performing, a rarity among city-funded summer programs. Summer Quest, which is part of Chancellor Dennis Walcott's focus on middle schools, launched last year with 1,120 elementary and middle school students in 12 schools and includes 1,800 students this year. Community-based organizations including the Children's Aid Society, Building Educated Leaders for Life, and Good Shepherd Services have partnered with 11 South Bronx schools to provide staff and support services for five-week, nine-hour-a-day program. At P.S. 211, which Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured Thursday morning, the theme for all Summer Quest learning is "Our New York City." Students in different classrooms drew maps of the Bronx and its landmarks, sketched and shared objects that were significant to their cultures, learned to cook a vegetable frittata, and practiced a choreographed dance routine — which Walcott enthusiastically joined.
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