If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that literacy should be a top priority for districts and communities year-round—in the classroom during the school year and at home during the summer.
In the Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report, we heard that more than six in 10 educators (64%) promote literacy among students by encouraging summer reading—particularly those in elementary schools. Educators also told us that the public library is the number one source of access to books for kids over the summer (77%).
So what does effective summer learning look like? To help prepare for the end of the school year, we collected EDU posts from the past three years focused on one thing: summer. From the importance of family engagement activities to implementing an ESL summer literacy camp, educators and Scholastic leadership share their experiences and best practices for preparing all students to make a “leap” in their literacy skills while school is out.
Keep an eye out! We’ll be sharing more thematic round-ups of past EDU posts throughout the year.
Pam Allyn, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development at Scholastic Education, points to the need to infuse a powerful sense of joy, fun and learning into every child’s life, transforming them into Super Readers.
Pam Allyn lists her tips for lifelong readers to encourage and inspire students to think outside the box when it comes to summer reading.
C.C. Bates, Associate Professor Of Literacy Education and Director of the Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center, details the Reading Recovery® early intervention initiative.
Dr. Mark Benigni and Barbara Haeffner from Meriden Public Schools explain the origin and impact of the district’s MPS Summer Learning Adventure K–3 summer school program.
Madeline Boskey, a developmental psychologist and literacy consultant, provides tips for reflecting on the academic year, looking ahead to the next one, and facing the present.
Kelli Cedo, Pre-K—Secondary Language Arts Curriculum Lead for Hampton City Schools, outlines the implementation of her school’s summer enrichment program, based on end-of-year and beginning-of-year student reading data.
Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Education, explores how summer reading is an integral and achievable piece in any district’s comprehensive literacy plan.
Dr. Kenneth Kunz, K–12 Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction at Middlesex Public Schools, details his district’s experience implementing its first-ever LitCamp for ESL students.
Paul Liabenow, Executive Director of Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, shares the critical need for increased support for students in kindergarten through third grade as they become readers.
Dr. Christy Oliver-Hawley, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at Hillside Public Schools, explains how her district’s summer reading kick-off event engaged students and families.
Dr. Andrea A. Rizzo, Director of Research & Validation at Scholastic, shares the impressive results of two summer reading research studies, one in Greenville, SC and one in Stoughton, MA.
Dr. Ansel Sanders, President and CEO of Public Education Partners, details Make Summer Count—a summer reading initiative in Greenville, SC designed to target the summer reading slide for the community’s most vulnerable elementary students.
Eileen Sprague, PK-5 Humanities Curriculum Administrative Supervisor for Stoughton Public School District, discusses the benefits of building students’ home libraries and engaging families in summer reading activities.
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