Opinion
Curriculum Letter to the Editor

Expanded Learning Should Address Summer

November 07, 2011 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

Your article on expanded learning (“Push Is On to Add Time to School Day, Year,” Oct. 26, 2011) calls attention to current interest in extended learning time. It also highlights some challenges associated with implementation. These include ensuring that school districts and community partners have the know-how to provide quality programming for additional time and the resources to bring programs to scale sustainably. Another issue is the relationship between extending the school day and addressing summer learning loss.

Efforts to expand the school day will fall short of their goals unless we also address the issue of how the long summer break in most U.S. school districts affects student achievement. Substantial research shows that summer learning loss is a major factor in the lagging performance of American students overall and the achievement gap in particular. It is critical, therefore, that school-year reform efforts involving time and other factors join with innovative summer learning initiatives. Such programs are most effective when they operate for at least 150 hours each summer.

For states opting to apply for No Child Left Behind Act waivers, there appears to be an opening to use funds previously allocated to supplemental educational services for a range of innovations, including summer learning programs. Also, the ongoing reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides an opportunity for the federal government to offer guidance and support to states and districts on expanded learning, including during the summer.

Bob Seidel

Policy Director

National Summer Learning Association

Baltimore, Md.

A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2011 edition of Education Week as Expanded Learning Should Address Summer

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Profession Webinar
How Does Educator Well-Being Impact Social-Emotional Awareness in Schools?
Explore how adult well-being is key to promoting healthy social-emotional behaviors for students. Get strategies to reduce teacher stress.
Content provided by International Baccalaureate
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure Webinar
A New Era In Connected Learning: Security, Accessibility and Affordability for a Future-Ready Classroom
Learn about Windows 11 SE and Surface Laptop SE. Enable students to unlock learning and develop new skills.
Content provided by Microsoft Surface
Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum Making Technology Work Better in Schools
Join experts for a look at the steps schools are taking (or should take) to improve the use of technology in schools.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Curriculum Photos PHOTOS: Connecting the Classroom to the Real World of Aviation
A curriculum designed to teach students the skills necessary for careers in the aviation industry connects the classroom to the real world.
1 min read
Students in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., practice flying on flight simulators.
Students in the aviation program at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., practice flying on flight simulators located in the school.
Jaclyn Borowski/Education Week
Curriculum Want Students to Become Better Problem Solvers? Then Teach Them to Fly Planes and Drones
A free, relatively new curriculum that teaches students about the concepts of flying planes and drones is growing quickly nationwide.
10 min read
Sophomore Byron Barksdale, left, and classmates from Magruder High School’s aviation program examine the inside of a charter plane at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., on April 6, 2022.
Sophomore Byron Barksdale, left, and classmates from Magruder High School’s aviation program examine the inside of a charter plane at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md., on April 6, 2022.
Jaclyn Borowski/Education Week
Curriculum Florida's Math Textbook Brouhaha: Your Questions Answered
Florida rejected several math textbooks for 'indoctrination.' But what do we really know about them—and what happens next for districts?
9 min read
Conceptual Illustration of a chalkboard with math equations, where many are blacked out and unreadable
Vanessa Solis/Education Week and E+/Getty
Curriculum How Prevalent Are Book Bans This Year? New Data Show Impact
Two million students in 86 school districts have had access to books restricted due to book bans, according to a report by PEN America.
4 min read
Image of library shelves.
VTT Studio/iStock/Getty