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Beating The Summer Learning Curve

by Perry Stein

The Washington Post

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D.C. students choose to enroll in summer school to stay on track

In 2009, experts from Johns Hopkins University determined that, regardless of family income or background, students lose more than two months of the math computational skills they learned during the academic year. In reading, students from low-income homes lose as much as three months of their skills, while middle-class students make slight gains.

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Technology Tackles the Summer “Brain Drain”

The concern about student skill decline in the summer is common. National Summer Learning Day, celebrated in July, brings emphasis to the importance of continuing the learning over the long, hot summer months. How can you engage students over the summer in learning activities to help stem the loss of core competencies required to move successfully to the next grade?

Widespread availability of technology in various forms means that education doesn’t need to take place in stifling classrooms. Students today can benefit from a wide range of educational apps and activities that combine entertainment and engagement with education. Even summer camps have gone high tech.