Blog: The Educated Reporter

Making the Most of Summer Learning Stories

While students are celebrating the start of the long summer break, there’s a significant tradeoff for the three months of leisure – on average, students will return to school in the fall a month behind where they performed in the spring. And the learning loss is even greater for low-income students who were already behind their more affluent peers.

We’ll focus on these issues Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern time in an EWA Webinar School’s Still In: Making the Most of Summer Learning.  We’ll examine how districts are successfully combating summer learning loss with high-quality programs and leveraging community partnerships to help pay for them. Additionally, Florida districts are using the summer months to prepare both students and teachers for the new Common Core State Standards. Reporters will come away with a deeper understanding of the issues, and story ideas to explore for their own readers.

Our presenters include Catherine Augustine, RAND Corporation; and Jacqueline Bowen, executive director of secondary programs for Duval County (Fla.) Public Schools. We’ll also hear from Gary Huggins, chief executive officer of the National Summer Learning Association, about new survey asking teachers about the challenges of getting students back on track in the fall following the long summer break.

Register today, and we’ll see you Thursday!