Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Summer Programs: Keeping Students Reading and Learning
This edition showcases several award-winning and effective summer learning programs; explores innovative strategies to academically engage and nurture low-income and disadvantaged youth during the summer; profiles corporate, community and library-based initiatives designed to encourage students to read and learn during the break; and spotlights the efforts of organizations dedicated to providing disadvantaged students with access to books and reading materials in the summer and throughout the year. Educators, policymakers, parents and community leaders will discuss key issues such as:
- Why is it important to sustain academic skills over the break and avoid the “summer slide?”
- What does an effective and high-quality summer learning program look like?
- What kinds of summer programs are available and who offers them?
- What types of summer reading programs are available to students and how can parents find out more about them?
- What can parents do during the summer encourage their children to continue learning?
- How can parents, schools, libraries and community organizations access free children’s books and reading materials?