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This Week's #PTChat: Ways to Combat Summer Learning Loss

By Joe Mazza

PTChatAs another school year comes to a close, we begin summer vacation. This week's Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat ) on Twitter takes a look at all the way we can keep the learning going through the summer.

Last year, The Rand Corporation released "Making Summer Count," a comprehensive look at summer learning loss in children, grades 1-8.  The report states that children, on average, lose one month of knowledge and skills between the end of the school year and the end of summer. Within the average, however, are distinct and disturbing differences. 

Other takeaways from the Rand Report:

Summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students, particularly in reading.

While their higher-income peers, on average, post gains in reading, low-income students show losses at the end of the summer.

Summer learning loss is cumulative and that, over time, these periods of differential learning rates between low-income and higher-income students contribute substantially to the achievement gap.

Join us Wednesday, May 30th at 9PM EDT as parents and educators discuss ways we can keep the learning going over the summer. This is a great week to invite parents and teachers from your school and community. The research shows us that every child is affected in some way.

A great resource to check out is Eric Sheninger's Combatting the Summer Slide over on Connected Principals. 

New to Twitterchats? After logging on to Twitter, visit Tweetchat (http://www.tweetchat.com) and simply enter "ptchat" in the box at the top. Follow along and participate as you as much as you like to join others around the world in this weekly chat. We look forward to engaging your unique and important parent and/or educator perspectives. 

Past #PTchats have been archived on Joe Mazza's eFACE Today blog. Past #NTchats are archived here.


Posted on May 29, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe Mazza is an elementary principal at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying technology's impact on home-school partnerships. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Mazza and participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) he hosts on Wednesdays at 9PM EST. He also writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today

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