We’re all familiar with the “summer slide” — the academic losses that many young people, especially in low-income communities, experience during the time they’re out of school. “slide” is being exacerbated by budget cuts — a few years ago our school would have over one thousand students in summer school, most because they wanted advance faster and because they didn’t have anything else do. Now, we only offer less than a handful of classes.
I’ve previously explained that I encourage students read during the summer by research the effect of the summer slide, and arranging for their next year’s teacher give them extra credit for reading, as well as letting students check-out books from my classroom library.
However, I haven’t really done a thorough lesson the summer slide with them, as I’ve done in many other “life skills” topics I talk about in my book. Next year, though, will be different, and I’ll be preparing a complete lesson which I’ll in blog.
For now, though, I thought readers might find it useful for me some of the research sources summer reading loss that I’ll be using in my still–be-prepared lesson. Feel free offer additional suggestions.
Here they are:
‘Summer Brain Drain’ Robs Some Students of Skills Gained During School Year from The Washington Post
How prevent summer reading loss is also from The Washington Post
Making Summer Count is from The Rand Corporation
How summer increases the achievement gap is from HechingerEd.
Summer Loss is a nice, short summary of research summer learning loss.
Summer Slide, ELLs, and the Common Core is from Colorin Colorado
Summer Break and the Achievement Gap is from Ed Week.
Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap is from The Education Writers Association.
Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books is from The Washington Post.
Can We Prevent the “Summer Slide” in Reading? is by Timothy Shanahan.
Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it? is from Brookings.
Rethinking summer slide: The more you gain, the more you lose is from Kappan Online.
Is Summer Learning Loss Real? is from Education Next.
Shaping Summertime Experiences is from The National Academies of Sciences.
Research evidence for summer learning is from The Hechinger Report.
Slim research evidence for summer school is from The Hechinger Report.
Nudging Kids Toward Reading This Summer is by Daniel Willingham.
The study linked to in this tweet basically suggests that ELLs suffer more from the “Summer Slide” than English-proficient students:
Achievement and Growth for English Learners https://t.co/WzdXpaw00h
— Paul Bruno (@Paul__Bruno) February 14, 2022
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