Rethinking Summer School
More districts are rethinking traditional summer school this year, reports a recent USA Today article.
Even with budget cuts, districts are increasingly trying to transform their remedial programs into enriching ones that curb summer learning loss.
The article mentions a reading program in North Carolina, as well as one in Miami that uses digital learning as a cost-effective way to bridge the learning gap between the regular school year's end and the next's beginning. (There's an article from the Miami Herald last month about the district's e-learning program.)
Additionally, the USA Today article points out that Pittsburgh and Oakland both have used federal money to support their offerings again this summer. I wrote about Oakland's program in my story last summer on innovative summer programs, as well as Baltimore's, which was recently featured in a Baltimore Sun article about how the program has blended government, public agencies', and private-sector support to be successful.