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MAINTAINING LEADERSHIP MOMENTUM 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 A 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 16 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

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Structural Strength
Maintaining Leadership Momentum
What Matters to Your Community?
Lessons for Leaders
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

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