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.
Let's Make Summer Learning Experiences Joyful, Rich and Rewarding
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.
4 Easy Ways to Enliven and Inspire the Pleasure and Purpose of Summer Reading
Pam Allyn lists her tips for lifelong readers to encourage and inspire students to think outside the box when it comes to summer reading.
Year-Round (and that includes summer!) Reading Routines
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.
Avoiding the Summer Slide: Encouraging and Celebrating Reading
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.
School's Out! Time to Reflect, Plan, and Enjoy the Summer
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.
Summer Is Right Around the Corner. Is Your School Ready?
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.
Let’s Pledge to Make Literacy a Year-Round Priority
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.
Shared Literacy Community Values: Step into ESL LitCamp
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.
Family Engagement Supports Literacy Achievement
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.
Ready, Set, Read: How Hillside Public Schools Got Reading Over the Summer
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.
Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA
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.
A Summer Reading Movement, Emerging from Family Engagement
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.
Striving and Thriving: Supporting All Students in Summer Reading
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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