6 tips for making summer school programs successful

Schools across the country are now making their own plans to expand summer school. The moment seems right: More and more school buildings are open, as school staff get vaccinated. Schools are flush with federal cash, some of which is earmarked for addressing learning loss. And families are enthusiastic. A recent poll found that three quarters of parents want to see more summer programming this year.

Research also suggests that summer school can lead to small but real gains in student learning – probably large enough to make a dent in learning gaps that have opened up due to COVID.

Still, simply offering summer school is one thing; creating an effective program is another.

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