Summer learning has long been a primary strategy in efforts to advance early school success with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) working in partnership to support children during the summer months. With research showing that children in low-income families can fall 2.5–3 years behind by fifth grade, we have worked together to support local communities in developing high-quality, comprehensive summer learning systems and programs. Dozens of studies now confirm the positive benefits derived from these programs. In fact, CGLR community coalitions across the country have identified effective strategies that leverage summer learning as a part of efforts to move the needle on grade-level reading achievement. This year, it is more important than ever to leverage the best practices of summer learning to keep kids engaged and on track after the extended school closures and the unpredictable plans for the return to school this fall. Responding to this challenge, programs are shifting quickly to innovate virtual and physically distanced summer learning opportunities while providing tools and resources for parents to use with their children at home.
Please join me on July 7, 3–4:30 p.m. ET, during National Summer Learning Week, when I will discuss current trends, resources and tips to #keepkidslearning and why this summer, in particular, is a critical time in the history of summer learning. My colleagues with expertise in literacy, STEM, parent engagement and rural populations will share how they are adapting their programs to ensure students have access to literacy resources and learning opportunities at home, in their communities and wherever they may be spending time while schools remain closed. Join this webinar to refresh and renew your summer learning strategies and harness their power to support early school success.
Chief Executive Officer
National Summer Learning Association