Summer Brain Drain en Parents Say Reading Not a Summer Priority for Children <p></p><p>Only 17 percent of parents believe reading is a top summer priority for their children.</p><p>That’s according to Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s, which released a survey regarding parents’ attitude’s towards reading Wednesday.</p><p>The survey also showed that children spend almost three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading during the summer.</p><p>Kathryn Heffernan, Pittsburgh’s RIF assistant director of communications and development, said accessibility to books is one of the issues.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:23:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 31153 at Going Beyond the Girls' School: Ellis Innovation Institute to Pilot, Research, Share Best Practices <p>The Ellis School has launched the new Learning Innovation Institute to pilot, create and share innovative practices with the ultimate goal of improving learning outcomes for students and teaching outcomes for instructors.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:58:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30445 at Schools and Libraries Confront Summer Learning Loss <p>As the school year ends, summer learning loss, or "summer slide," might begin.&nbsp; According to the National Summer Learning Association, the loss amounts to about two months in math for all students and two months in reading for low-income students, while unequal access to summer learning opportunities might &nbsp;account for half the achievement gap between low- and high-income students.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Charlee Song 30271 at Foundation to Assess Pittsburgh Summer Learning Program <p>A New York City-based childhood education foundation is assessing summer learning programs across the country, including one in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The Wallace Foundation, a supporter of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy, hired Rand Corp., a nonprofit research group, to see if summer education programs improve student learning.</p><p>Senior Research and Evaluation Officer Ann Stone said the foundation is looking for ways students can have academic gains that last.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:06:56 +0000 Michael Lynch 14854 at Discussion: How Do Teachers Avert 'Summer Slide' by Students? <p></p><p>The school year has ended or will soon end for students in the Pittsburgh area. That means the start of summer vacation.&nbsp;</p><p>Research shows that during the summer, students lose some of what they learned just weeks and months earlier. Experts say motivating kids to continue learning through fun and engaging activities, programs and camps can help bridge the end of one school year to the beginning of the next and ease or eliminate the summer setback.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 11317 at Discussion: How Do Teachers Avert 'Summer Slide' by Students? Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain' <p>If you consume any amount of media at all, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the idea that kids tend to lose ground academically during the summer months.</p><p>But what is the so-called “summer brain drain?” Is it real, or a media invention? And just how concerned should you be?</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 10917 at Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain'