Did you know that during the summer students can lose two months of math and reading skills? That may not seem like a lot, but for students who don’t participate in summer learning programs, it can result in falling behind their peers academically by more than two years by the 5th grade. When you consider that economically disadvantaged students are most likely not to have access to summer learning programs, it becomes obvious how important summer learning can be to improving overall student success.
This week, we celebrate National Summer Learning Day to remind ourselves about the importance of summer learning and the opportunity community leaders and parents still have to make a difference in 2016. Almost 1,000 #summerlearning events are planned for July 14th and you can help keep that success growing until it’s time to go back to school! According to the Afterschool Alliance, ‘more than 70% of parents agree that it is important for their children to have summer activities that help them maintain academic skills and learn new things’. Unfortunately, for every one child enrolled in summer learning programs, there are two more that are not…
Source: Afterschool Alliance
There’s still time for you to help. Whether you’re a parent, community or school leader, you can be a champion for summer learning opportunities! Districts and schools can remind parents about community programs. Parents can get students excited about program options. The key to summer learning success is to share and inform. The benefits will become evident when students return to class better prepared to participate and succeed in the new school year.
Please also check out these helpful resources for families and communities provided by the National Summer Learning Association:
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By Jim Till, EdTech SME