National Summer Learning Day is July 14th!
For more than 25 million low-income public school students in America, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it's often a time when children, youth and families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.
Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. For many young people, the summer "opportunity gap" contributes to gaps in achievement, employment and college and career success.
Resources for Programs
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing summer learning opportunities for all youth. NSLA offers expertise and support for programs and communities and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education.
Songwriters might call summer "lazy and "endless," but education researchers have found it's a potential danger zone. That's because many young people lose ground over the summer in terms of reading and other things learned in school. Find out more by You 4 Youth.
Tips for Parents and Educators
Readers will be entertained by the quotes and anecdotes, surprised by the facts, and ultimately, encouraged by the knowledge that they can, and should foster learning even when schools are closed. Mixing evidence, stories and expert accounts in a highly readable format, Summers Matter introduces readers to the problem of summer learning loss and provides tips and guidance for parents, teachers and principals.ely, encouraged by the knowledge that they can, and should foster learning even when schools are closed. Summers Matter available on Amazon.com.