Leadership for Student Activities - May 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition - (Page 16)
Rather than take a break from their
leadership skills this summer, empower
students to expand upon them
CH R I STI N E CUSATI S
s the school year
wraps up, students
are usually eager
to enjoy their free
time-but that doesn't
mean they should
put their leadership roles on hold.
According to a 2013 survey of 500
teachers conducted by the National
Summer Learning Association (NSLA),
summer learning loss affects student
achievement all too regularly, with
leadership for student activities
two‑thirds of respondents saying they
spend at least three to four weeks
reteaching lost skills at the beginning
of a school year (see National Summer
Learning Day sidebar).
Parents and students agree. A 2004
study commissioned by The Wallace
Foundation found that "38 percent of
parents are concerned that kids can
fall behind academically in summer
and a substantial number of students
(56 percent) are interested in summer
programs that help them keep up with
school work" (Public Agenda, 2004).
Furthermore, respondents said summer
is the hardest time to keep their
children busy (58 percent), followed by
after school on weekdays (14 percent),
and the weekend (13 percent).
But advisers can make a difference.
Before parting ways with students this
summer, encourage them to expand
upon their skills through various
summer leadership opportunities.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - May 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition
Questions & Answers
From the Director
Maintaining Leadership Momentum
What Matters to Your Community?
Lessons for Leaders
Things to Do
Leadership for Student Activities - May 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition