Key Topics for Summer Learning

Find resources to help you plan, implement, and support high quality summer learning programs and stop summer slide.

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Summer Matters Site Visits 2017

Summer Matters is excited to announce the programs participating in our 2017 Summer Matters Site Visits. This is a chance to showcase quality summer programs across the state. The site visits will include an introduction to the program and opportunities to see the staff and youth in action.

Ensuring access to summer learning for all students

The research is clear that summer and after-school programs provide numerous benefits to students. According to a study by John Hopkins University, during the summer months children living in low-resource communities who are not engaged in activities tend to fall into a “summer slide,” while their peers from more economically advantaged communities build skills that will help them succeed. Students without positive summer activities lose nearly two months of competency in reading, and these losses are cumulative. By ninth grade, summer learning loss accounts for nearly two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading. Also well-documented are the negative impacts on health: youth without summer learning programs gain weight at a higher rate than during the school year. This is particularly true for children and youth of color and those who are already overweight.

Summer Learning Loss

Find resources to help you understand and communicate the part summer can play in the achievement gap, the impact of high quality summer learning programs, and more.

Program Quality

Find resources useful for designing, planning and implementing a high quality summer program, including curriculum, evaluation tools, staff development strategies, and more.

Technical Assistance

Find resources to help internal and external technical assistance providers support summer learning programs with training, coaching, consulting, mentoring, facilitation, and brokering resources.

Policy Issues

Find resources to help you advocate for public support for summer learning opportunities and help close the achievement gap

Funding and Sustainability

Find resources to help you fund and support high quality summer learning opportunities through a variety of public funding sources, collaborative partnerships and budget with sustainability in mind.

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