Matthew Boulay, Ph.D

Founder

Matthew Boulay is the founder of the National Summer Learning Association, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Baltimore, MD. A former elementary school teacher in New York City, Boulay earned a PhD in Sociology and Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in out-of-school time learning. A former Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq, Boulay was a leader in the push for a new G.I. Bill and continues to advocate on behalf of veterans. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two children.

Boulay recently published “How To Keep Your Kids Learning When Schools Are Closed,” a new e-book that aims to provide practical advice to parents who are asking urgent questions about how best to support, nurture and educate their children during periods of social distancing and quarantine.

Published Works

How To Keep Your Kids Learning When Schools Are Closed

Tips, Tools & Activities to Unleash the Extraordinary Power of Summer Learning in the Era of COVID-19
Published in 2020

The Summer Slide: What We Know and Can Do About Summer Learning LossThe Summer Slide

What We Know and Can Do About Summer Learning Loss
Published in 2016

Summers Matter: 10 Things Every Parent, Teacher, & Principal Should Know About June, July, & AugustSummers Matter

10 Things Every Parent, Teacher, & Principal Should Know About June, July, & August
Published in 2016

Summer Learning: Research, Policies, and Programs CoverSummer Learning

Research, Policies, and Programs
Published in 2004

In the News

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Programs to target learning loss amid pandemic
April 20, 2020

abc 7 – WWSB

Schools are officially closed until June, but what happens to Summer Camps and Programs?
April 20, 2020

The Economist

Long summer holidays are bad for children, especially the poor
August 9, 2018

The Hechinger Report

A summer program uses the arts to combat the achievement gap
July 19, 2018

ABC 15 Arizona

Tips to help kids beat ‘summer brain drain’
July 12, 2018

Cheddar

America’s Education Problem
July 9, 2018

Education Week

There Are Ways to Reduce Summer Learning Loss
July 5, 2018

U.S. News & World Report

Is Summer Breaking America’s Schools?
June 7, 2018

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Keep kids engaged to avoid summer learning loss
May 7, 2018

Guest Opinion

The Oregonian

Gates Foundation fails education by taking summers off
May 18, 2018

The Hill

Summer learning opportunities key to closing achievement gap
March 6, 2018