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How Can Private Schools Contribute To the Public Good?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Some have called summer the “most unequal time of the year,” and Johns Hopkins researchers found that summer learning loss in elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. And yet, swimming is a crucial part of the Horizons program, a public-private partnership to give local public school students the kind of summer experiences that more affluent families pay for over the break. The program is designed to help reduce the summer slide.” (more)

OPINION: Using prime baseball season to strike out summer learning loss

The Hechinger Report – Tom Brasuell and Tom Davidson

“Last year, Major League Baseball and EVERFI traveled to DREAM Charter School in Harlem to talk to students about using their academic ‘off-season’ to sharpen their skills. The school, which already incorporates baseball into its educational programs, was a natural fit for MLB’s new initiative, Summer Slugger — a baseball-themed digital math and literacy program that allows students to hit home runs with word problems and strike out batters through multiplication and division. Since then, Summer Slugger has helped nearly 38,000 students across North America, with 16 MLB clubs supporting the program in their markets.” (more)

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“Around the country, most elementary school students’ math and reading ability stops progressing over the summer, and kids from low-income families are particularly at risk of slipping backwards. While students of all socioeconomic classes tend to learn at about the same pace during the school year, the impact of summer learning loss is cumulative, and low-income kids can be as many as three years behind their peers by fifth grade.” (more)

5 Ways To Prevent The Summer Slide

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“Summer brain drain. Summer setback. Summer slide. Summer learning loss. Most parents have heard a version of the idea that over summer vacation, kids lose some of what they learn during the school year. But they’ll be happy to know there are actually realistic (and affordable!) ways to combat it. Dr. Katrina Lindsay, a clinical and pediatric psychologist at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, is the director of the hospital’s School Success Clinic, which specializes in helping kids who struggle in school. She told HuffPost that students lose about one to two months of learning over the course of the summer. For kids with learning disorders, that loss can be even larger.” (more)

8 Fun Ways To Keep Math Learning Alive Through the Summer

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Summer is a time for play and rest, family time and adventures. But there’s compelling research to show that kids forget a lot of what they learned during the school year if they don’t have opportunities to continue reading, using their mathematical thinking skills and exploring the world around them.” (more)

9 resources to prevent summer learning loss

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“As the school year comes to a close in districts across the nation, many parents and educators look for resources to prevent summer learning loss in students. Sixty-four percent of parents are aware of summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide,” according to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. According to a Brookings study, “Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning” and “declines were sharper for math than for reading.” This loss of academic skills is especially worrisome for at-risk students and for students who struggled to meet learning goals during the school year.” (more)