Summer Mind Stretching

The possibility of…summer learning opportunities. 

According to a report from The Wallace Foundation: “Summer learning programs have the potential to help children and youth improve their academic and other outcomes. This is especially true for children from low-income families who might not have access to educational resources throughout the summer months and for low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic content.”

The summer months offer incredible opportunities for expanding access to arts learning, cultivating social-emotional competencies, and using technology as a tool for teaching and promoting creativity and imagination. Additionally, there is increased flexibility for educators to pilot new learning models and instructional approaches which give students access to a variety of meaningful learning experiences.

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“Wow…you’re having more fun than the kids!”

That’s what fifth grader and future engineer Mikey B. said to me as I made one of several (unsuccessful 😁) attempts to score 10,000 points on his self-designed cardboard Skee Ball creation yesterday at a summer learning showcase.

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Over the past few weeks I have traveled to a variety of learning spaces where I’ve seen young people engaged in creative and collaborative, project-based activities. I trust that these structured summer learning experiences stretch their minds and imaginations, inspiring them to pursue new dimensions of curiosity and scholarship in everyday life.

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