Summer Learning http://wesa.fm en Schools and Libraries Confront Summer Learning Loss http://wesa.fm/post/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 http://wesa.fm Discussion: How Do Teachers Avert 'Summer Slide' by Students? http://wesa.fm/post/discussion-how-do-teachers-avert-summer-slide-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 http://wesa.fm Discussion: How Do Teachers Avert 'Summer Slide' by Students? In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-region-summer-learning-opportunities-abound <p>For many, summer as a kid conjures images of long rides in the back of the family sedan, co-ed sports at the local YMCA camp or hours spent on the couch watching TV. These kind of summer experiences still exist, but an array of programs around Pittsburgh are opening the eyes and minds of youth of all ages.<br /><br />Some of those students will be attending <a href="http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/475">Summer Dreamers Academy</a>. The camp, put on by Pittsburgh Public Schools, packs its itinerary with academics and activities. Summer Dreamers has replaced summer school.<br /> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 11166 at http://wesa.fm In the Pittsburgh Region, Summer Learning Opportunities Abound Barriers May Keep Kids from Summer Enrichment Programs http://wesa.fm/post/barriers-may-keep-kids-summer-enrichment-programs <p></p><p>For so many kids, the beginning of summer holds promise of weeks and weeks of doing absolutely nothing, or of sitting around and watching TV or playing video games all day.</p><p>Many kids will have such plans thwarted by parents who will send them to one or several summer programs. That’s probably not a bad thing — there is a growing body of research that suggests letting kids do nothing but watch TV and play video games all summer could set back their academic growth.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10931 at http://wesa.fm Barriers May Keep Kids from Summer Enrichment Programs Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain' http://wesa.fm/post/separating-myth-fact-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 http://wesa.fm Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain' Why Do Schools Take a Summer Vacation? http://wesa.fm/post/why-do-schools-take-summer-vacation <p>When you ask most Americans why children get a break from school in the summer you usually get one of two answers.&nbsp;</p><p>Warren Sullivan of Hermitage provided the most popular answer while visiting Pittsburgh last month: “I think it was agriculture wasn’t it? I mean, it’s probably the season … a few generations ago anyway.”</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 10905 at http://wesa.fm Why Do Schools Take a Summer Vacation?