Doing a story on summer learning? Here are some resources to get you started.
Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, is available for interviews on summer learning loss and solutions. Please contact Nancy Levesque, 410-856-1370 x200 or email@example.com, to schedule.
- National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) Fact Sheet
- Summer Learning Story Ideas for Reporters
- National Summer Learning Association Summer Learning Tip Sheets for Parents
- Research: High-quality summer learning programs can prevent summer learning loss and even produce gains for students. (RAND Corporation, Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning, 2011) Read more summer learning research in brief from the National Summer Learning Association.
- Infographic: Summer Learning and The Achievement Gap
- Summer Learning Day 2013 - visit summerlearning.org/SLD for more information.
- Survey: An increasing percentage of school administrators are considering cutting summer school. (American Association of School Administrators Weathering the Storm 2012 survey)
- Report: More than 6 in 10 summer programs reported operating at or over maximum capacity in 2011, and 54 percent of summer programs expect enrollment in 2012 to be higher or much higher than enrollment in 2011. But 17 percent of afterschool programs reported reducing or eliminating their summer programs due to a decrease or stagnation of funds. (Afterschool Alliance, Uncertain Times 2012: The State of Summer Learning Programs)
- Report: More students who qualify for federally-funded meals during the school year did not receive the same meals in summer 2011. Click on the Food Research and Action Center's map to find the statistics from your state. (Food Research and Action Center, Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation, 2012)
- Report: An emerging body of research shows that young people’s health may actually decline in summer as compared to the school year, with greater risk of weight gain. Several factors contribute to this decline, including lower levels of engagement in physical activity and lack of access to healthy meals. (National Summer Learning Association, Healthy Summers for Kids: Turning Risk Into Opportunity, 2012)
- Report: Learning loss and rapid weight gain during the summer months is now a concern for the military; the Department of Defense reported that three out of four young adults cannot join the Armed Forces primarily because they are poorly educated or overweight. (Mission: Readiness, Lazy Days of Summer: A National Security Threat?)