The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on education and student learning. With the uncertainty of how much learning loss has occurred, how can districts, community partners, and educators ensure that summer programming is effective in helping students recover from the pandemic?
Today, Brittany Fike and I sit down to discuss the latest research on planning and implementing effective extended learning programs to support student learning recovery. We will also be joined by Christy Schwartz, a coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education to talk about an exciting grant opportunity to support creative and unique summer programs in West Virginia.
What to Listen for:
- According to research, what shifts in mindsets need to take place in order to make extended learning programs more effective as a result of the learning loss that has occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Why is it important when planning for summer programming to consider simultaneously planning for future summer programming?
- Why is it crucial for educators, who will be working on site at a summer learning program, to be a part of planning for summer programming?
- What types of learning opportunities should be considered as part of extended learning programs?
- What does research say is a sufficient amount of time to spend on task in order to increase academic achievement in literacy during extended learning programs?
- What are the benefits of using small group instruction during extended learning programs?
- What is the Summer SOLE Grant program?
My hope is that the information in this episode will guide and support districts, community partners, and educators when planning summer learning programs. I also hope that this episode will inspire those planning the summer learning opportunities for our students to get creative with the types of activities that students will experience. As educators, we know how important it is to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences for our students during the school year, and this type of approach should also be a part of summer programming opportunities. When activities are meaningful and hands-on, our students can learn more and learn more deeply about the content that is embedding in the activity and this is exactly the kind of learning that our students need to support learning recovery.