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Posted by Therese Pickett on Apr 11, 2019
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Experiencing the extreme polar vortex this winter made me long for summer vacation much earlier than usual. Unfortunately, though, summer vacation also means summer learning slide for many students. When I was in the classroom, I dreaded the inevitable weeks of review each fall due to students forgetting what had been taught the previous year. Despite summer break still being a few months away, this is the best time to begin planning ways to prevent or lessen learning loss.
Research has shown a pattern of summer learning loss, particularly among low-income youths. Lack of access to high-quality summer learning programs negatively impacts the academic achievement, health, and social development of children, particularly in high-poverty communities. Students in middle- and higher-income households still lose an average of one to two months of learning each summer. So, what can educators do to lessen or eliminate summer slide?
Regardless of resources, educators can and should find ways to help students maintain the skills learned at school. The possibilities are limitless. It just takes some imagination and planning and NOW is the time to begin.
Therese Pickett has served as an implementation specialist for Voyager Sopris Learning® for the past 13 years. During this time, she has enjoyed training, supporting, and collaborating with districts across the country to help students achieve their full academic potential. Before joining Voyager Sopris Learning, Therese taught junior and senior high school ELA and history in general education and special education classrooms. She lives in the Blue Water area of southeast Michigan with her husband and two children.
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