Six school districts around the country will be expanding and enhancing their summer programs this summer with support from an initial $2.7 million grant from the Wallace Foundation, according to a report released today. The grant is part of a $50 million, five-year initiative Wallace will undertake to see whether summer programs in these districts, and possibly others, can have long term effects on summer slide for low-income students.(Wallace also underwrites coverage of extended/expanded learning in Education Week.) The districts: Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Pittsburgh, and Rochester, N.Y., were selected based on the existence of ...


New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) recently released a concept paper summarizing its future visions and goals for new and existing out-of-school-time programs for elementary and middle school youths in the city. DYCD, which I profiled back in April, administers the various streams of funding that support New York City's youth and community programs, 485 programs to date, that serve 55,000 elementary and middle school youths. Recently, city budget cuts threatened some of these programs, but after many proponents spoke out on their importance, private donors pooled enough resources to maintain the threatened middle school ...


More than 40 education and civil rights organizations have banded together to endorse and offer support for the proposed Time for Innovation Matters in Education (TIME) Act I wrote about last month, according to a release from the National Center on Time and Learning. The TIME bill, which was introduced in Congress in April, would allow states to apply for federal grants for their schools to use for adding at least 300 hours to the school year for more academic, enrichment, and teacher professional-development time. The coalition of organizations, which includes the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Association ...


Removing barriers between the traditional school day, after-school programs, and summer programs can promote a year-round learning model that may be effective in improving outcomes for disadvantaged students, says a new brief from the Harvard Family Research Project. The brief says that increasing access to new experiences, learning environments, and social services for unprivileged students, and support from families and the community can help facilitate transition into year-round learning. The sustainability of such a program is highly dependent on outside support, particularly local resources, the brief suggests. The sharing of data among programs, like attendance records and performance reports, are ...


CBCW2Y4SFY95 Some 20,000 middle school students will be able to participate in high-quality summer programs across the country over the next three summers, as a result of a $11.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the National Summer Learning Association. The association is allocating the grant, announced today, to four well-known extended-learning organizations to provide Smarter Summer sessions, or at least five weeks of six-hour a day programs that include academics, enrichment, recreation, and lunch. The sessions are aimed at reducing learning loss in students who are the most at risk of falling behind over the summer. ...


For several hours today, volunteers on the National Mall are packing 200 books each minute into backpacks for underprivileged kids who are at risk of losing academic gains from the past school year this summer. By the end of the day, 50,000 backpacks are expected to be assembled to distribute to needy elementary students throughout the country, a total of 150,000 books, which, if stacked, organizers say, would scale the height of the Washington Monument 12 times over. This undertaking is part of the National Summer Learning Day celebration I mentioned last week, but is also the galvanizing ...


After-school programs might be a solution for helping the growing number of English-language learners in the country practice their English outside the classroom, a policy brief from the Afterschool Alliance reports. The number of ELLs in the U.S. has dramatically increased in the past decade-plus, leaving many schools unable to meet the needs of students whose limited English capabilities put them further behind academically, the brief, "English Language Learners: Becoming Fluent in Afterschool," says. In 2008, more than one in 10 public school students were classified as ELL, and in 2009, only 6 percent of ELLs in 4th grade ...


Next week, on the first day of summer, the United Way will be on the National Mall in Washington filling backpacks with books for elementary school children to promote summer reading and to recruit volunteers. Roughly 300 California students will head to the state capitol in Sacramento to interview congressional leaders on their favorite summer experiences and broadcast the video footage through social-media outlets. And a little later this summer, Building Educated Leaders for Life, BELL, will host readings of Robert McCloskey's Make Way for the Ducklings on the Boston Common followed by rides on the city's swan boats. These ...


At least 2 million low-income children in California are at risk of going hungry this summer, the Los Angeles Times reported today, because cuts to summer school and enrichment programs are wiping out the sources for meals. Last summer alone, less than one in five Californian children who received free and reduced-price meals during the school year had access to meals during the summer, a 15 percent drop from the summer before, the article says. But California's trend is not unique. Many states have reported similar statistics. Paradoxically, the funding for free summer meals to needy children is available, provided ...


Students can return to school in the fall at least a month behind, on average, where they were in the spring, but high-quality summer programs can help combat this summer learning loss, finds a report released today by the RAND Corp. "Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning" is the first comprehensive evaluation of past studies and new research on summer learning loss and summer programs for K-8 students. The research, supported by The Wallace Foundation, offers findings on the nature of summer learning loss and its disproportionate impact on low-income students (particularly in reading), characteristics of ...


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