Send students into summer ready for the next school year with this tip sheet from Scholastic and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), containing great ideas for principals, school leaders, and teachers that will #KeepKidsLearning all summer long. Principals and school leaders play a critical role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement and opportunity gaps. Teachers have the opportunity to be “information brokers” by helping parents shape their goals for summer learning and identify resources in their community that can facilitate summer learning.

Summer learning loss is not news to teachers. In a 2013 survey of 500 teachers by NSLA: Nearly 66 percent reported needing to devote 3-4 weeks to reviewing or re-teaching the same material at the beginning of the school year that their students had learned the previous spring. Another 24 percent reported spending 5 weeks or more backtracking before deciding it was safe to proceed to new terrain. This means that during a 40-week academic calendar, teachers have to spend more than 10 percent of it pulling their students back up to where they had been before summer slide.

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