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ccording to a survey conducted by the National Summer Learning Association, students lose two months of
math skills during the summer months. Low-income students also lose two or more months of skills in reading
achievement. Reportedly, 9 in 10 teachers spend at least three weeks reteaching lessons at the start of the school
year. What can principals and teachers do now to plan for the prevention of summer learning loss and hit the ground
running on the first day of school? Here are some tips from Engaging Creative Minds (ECM)-a nonprofit organization that
recently won an Excellence in Summer Learning award for its Summer STEAM Institute.

1. Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail.
Before our first summer camp, we
reached out to Terry K. Peterson,
senior adviser for after-school and
summer learning at the College of
Charleston, education consultant at
the C.S. Mott Foundation, and editor
of a compendium of after-school
and summer learning research titled
"Expanding Minds and Opportunities"
that offers advice on how to design our
summer camp. While he could have
shared hours and hours of research and
data on all the successful programs he
has seen over the years, Peterson broke
things down into three key factors that
make or break a successful summer
camp: 1) attendance, 2) relationships,
and 3) engagement. These have been at
the core of every decision we at ECM
have made since our summer programs
launched in 2014 and continue to be at
the forefront of all we do.
Ask yourself: Whom do I know? Is
there a local education leader who can
offer advice as we begin planning our
world-class summer program?

2. Steal From the Rich. There are
so many summer programs rich in
experiences around the country,
and most would be honored
to share their experiences and
assist you as you develop your
own summer program. Check
out the 2016 New York Life
Excellence in Summer Learning
Award winners from the National
Summer Learning Association:
* Engaging Creative Minds,
Charleston, South Carolina
* The Clarence T.C. Ching
PUEO Program, Honolulu,
Hawaii
* The Wayne State University
Math Corps, Detroit,
Michigan
* Summer Enrichment
Experience, New Britain,
Connecticut
* Dallas City of Learning,
Dallas, Texas
Ask yourself: Where are the
programs rich in expertise, and what
can I learn from them?

3. It Takes a Village. Chris Smith,
executive director of Boston After
School & Beyond (BASB)-a
nonprofit that connects school,
after-school, and summer learning
strategies-says that partnerships
are critical to addressing student
needs and meeting their interests.
BASB met Mayor Martin J. Walsh's
goal of reaching 10,000 students
through 100 summer programs a
year early.
BASB works with 127 summer
programs to pursue common goals,
implement shared measures, and
have a greater citywide impact on
closing opportunity and achievement gaps than programs would if
they worked in isolation. "By working collaboratively in a data-driven
way, programs can understand and
play to their strengths," says Smith,
"and learn where they can improve."
Ask yourself: Who are the
community partners in our area, and
is there a way to share resources for
greater impact?

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