Summer Learning Programs: Preventing the Slide, Promoting Achievement

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Preventing the “summer slide,” where students lose skills and knowledge during the vacation break — and which, research shows, can severely affect the academic progress of disadvantaged children – was the focus of the June edition of Education News Parents Can Use, the Department of Education’s monthly television program. Secretary Arne Duncan and featured guests discussed how high-quality summer programs can keep students engaged in learning during the vacation — and can teach new skills and content, too. Innovative summer programs in Denver, Colo., and rural Kentucky were profiled in videotaped reports, and experts such as Ron Fairchild of the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Summer Learning offered tips and resources for parents.

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ED Staff