SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / June 2012 /

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Stopping the Summer Learning Loss

The so-called summer learning loss is well known in the education community. By the end of a 3-month vacation, students’ skills are an average of 1 month behind where they were when the school year ended. Moreover, low-income students often experience greater summer learning loss, and the cumulative effect of this phenomenon can contribute to an achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students.

Extended learning programs offer a way to mitigate summer learning loss. They can reinforce concepts students didn’t master in the previous school year or introduce new ones before the upcoming year. Researchers have reviewed the characteristics of effective summer learning programs and some of the challenges in implementation. Studies from the RAND Corporation and the Harvard Family Research Project outline some of the steps education leaders can take to ensure summer learning programs boost student achievement.

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Extended Learning Resources
A Practitioner's Guide: Building and Managing Quality Afterschool Programs shares practices that can help extended-learning professionals cover it all—great programming, terrific staff, positive relationships, and plenty of resources to lead and sustain successful afterschool programs. The practices are organized into the following four focus areas:

  • program organization
  • academic programming practices
  • supportive relationships in afterschool
  • achieving program outcomes

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Webinar Series: Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement
As part of the National PIRC Coordination Center, SEDL co-hosted a webinar series on family, school, and community engagement. The 9-part series addresses topics like school transformation, using data, and supporting successful transitions to high school. The webinars are available online.

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