Why Summer Learning?

Why Summer Learning?


(light upbeat music) – [Woman] Every child
deserves a chance at success. But when summer comes, not all children have
the same opportunities for learning and enrichment. During the summer months, students in low-income
environments often lose ground compared to their peers, and this contributes
to the achievement gap. Fortunately, summer also
presents an opportunity for educators to
help even the odds. In the largest study of
summer learning to date, the RAND Corporation
found that a high-quality, voluntary summer learning
program can benefit students in math, reading, and social
and emotional learning. To help achieve these results,
The Wallace Foundation, in partnership with
The Learning Agenda, is making available
a suite of free, evidence-based
tools and resources. The goal is to help school
districts and their partners create a high-quality
summer learning program that will make a real
difference for children. It all begins at
SummerLearningToolkit.org. The toolkit helps guide
every step of the process, starting with a robust
calendar to anchor year-round planning and activities. There are templates and
information on staffing, professional development,
selecting enrichment providers, and recruiting students. The tools are based on the work
of multiple school districts and their partners, refined over five years
with real students, real teachers, and
measurable results. Whether you’re a school district or a community-based
organization, the Summer Learning Toolkit
will help you design and manage a high-quality
summer learning program that is based on the
best available evidence. And it will help you
give all your students the chance they deserve to
build a foundation for success in school, and in life. The toolkit is
available free of charge at SummerLearningToolkit.org.

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