Summer Learning Day is June 20 and is a time when advocates, parents, teachers, and students come together to acknowledge the importance of curbing summer learning loss – a significant contributor to the achievement gap. This year, hundreds of events, big and small, are slated to celebrate summer learning across the nation.
In Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate National Summer Learning Day with more than 200 youth, education leaders and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) on Friday, June 20, at the U.S. Department of Education. The First Lady will tour student demonstrations in a National Summer Learning Day Fair, and speak to youth and education leaders on the critical role of summer learning in college access and completion as part of her Reach Higher initiative.
To help raise awareness about the importance of combating summer learning loss and the need to offer learning opportunities for all students to keep brains engaged in the summer months, you can participate in various Summer Learning Day events close to you. And if you’re hosting an event, make sure you put it on the map.
And to make it easy on us parents and caregivers to incorporate summer learning in our kids’ summer schedules, The National Summer Learning Association has provided numerous resources for Summer Learning Day, including tips for families and an infographic about the achievement gap.
The National Summer Learning Association also offers these fast facts about summer learning:
- Most youth lose two months in math skills over the summer, according to research, but low-income youth also lose more than two months in reading achievement while their middle-income peers make slight gains.
- The effects of this “summer slide” are cumulative, and significantly contribute to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income children.
- By the end of third grade, four out of every five low-income students fail to read proficiently, making them four times more likely to drop out of high school than children who do read proficiently by third grade.
- Only about one-third of low-income youth participate in a summer learning opportunity, according to a recent survey, and few are high-quality opportunities designed to stem summer learning loss.
- High-quality summer learning opportunities can support students in 3rd grade reading proficiency, college and career readiness, school transitions, and STEM education.
- Eighty-five percent of students who receive free- and reduced-price meals lose access to them in the summer.
- High-quality summer learning opportunities ensure that kids are provided with healthy meals and stay physically active.
For more details on Summer Learning Day and ways to celebrate, visit their page here.
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