Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July is for Summer Learning

During summer, students with the greatest need fall further behind. Summer learning loss, or summer slide, is responsible for as much as two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap. Every year a child that does not participate in a summer learning opportunity puts them at risk for summer learning loss, weight gain, and unhealthy eating.

Summer learning provides uniquely innovative opportunities for learning and enrichment. Field trips, projects, and camp-like activities provide meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Unlike a remedial or mandatory summer school, high quality summer programs make learning meaningful and engaging.

For resources in regards to the following summer learning topics, please click on the following links:

1) Reports on the benefits of summer learning

2) Summer learning tools

3) Summer learning videos

4) National Summer Learning Association resources

STEM / Expanded Learning and Other Pertinent Articles:

1) There's Something Missing From STEM Learning
    (Education Week article by Susan Riley; October 2, 2017)

2) Students of Color Face Persistent Disparities in Access to Advanced
    STEM Courses
    (Education Week article by Stephen Sawchuk; April 24, 2018)

3) How to build an equitable learning community in your science classroom
    (STEM Teaching Tools article)

4) The Next Generation in Learning
    (The Signal article by Brennon Dixson; June 20, 2018)

5) San Francisco school finds key to raising math scores: Teacher Training
    (EdSource article by Carolyn Jones; July 3, 2018)

6) What Families Need to Know About Screen Time This Summer
    (NPR article by Anya Kamenetz; July 9, 2018)

7) Raising Kids Who Want to Read - Even During the Summer
    (NPR article by Cory Turner; July 2, 2018)

8) At the Education Department, Student Artworks Explore Tolerance and Racism
    (NPR article by La Johnsonr; June 29, 2018)

9) 17 Ways to Help Students with ADHD Concentrate
    (Edutopia article by Youki Terada; June 28, 2018)

10) Connecting Learning With Emotions
      (Edutopia article by Harry O'Malley; June 25, 2018)

STEM (other core content) Activities / Websites / Podcast:

1) Helping Children Identify as Readers - Starting with a Haircut
   (NPR podcast by Cory Turner; July 3, 2018)

2) Teaching Parents of Kids with Disabilities to Fight Back
    (NPR podcast by Joseph Shapiro; June 29, 2018)

3) Summer STEM Activities - 20 STEM Challenges For Summer Fun
    (STEAM Powered Family Blog: Grades 3-6)

4) 24 STEM Learning Activities for Summer STEM
    (A Dab of Glue Will Do Blog: Grades K-3)

5) STEM Learning Activities for Middle School Students
    (Illinois Valley Community College: Grades 6-8)

6) STEM Activities for Middle School Students
    (STEM Activities for Kids: Grades 6-8)

7) Expanded Learning Time in After School and Summer Enrichment Programs
   (CSU Long Beach: Grades 6-12)

8) STEM Activities and Resources for K-12 Educators
    (NSF: Grades K-12)

9) After School Technology Tool Kit
    (National After School Alliance: Grades K-12

STEM / Educational Grants:

1) CAN Funding Opportunities Webpage

2) The Impact Foundry Grant Page

3) Afterschool Alliance Webpage

4) Bank of The West Grant Page

STEAM / Miscellaneous Professional Learning Sessions / Contest / Events:

1) Science Action Club Opportunity
    (Fee: Free) (Date: Submit application by July 31,2018)

2) California Expanded Learning Summit #1 Oakland California 
    (Fee: Free) (Date: August 16, 2018)

3) California STEAM Symposium
    (Fee: $350) (Dates: October 28-29, 2018)

4) How Kids Learn Conference
    (Fee: $125) (Date: December 6, 2018)

Thanks again for all that you do in the field. Please keep us posted about STEM 
events / activities in your area. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Monica Gonzalez-Williams (SCOE: Region 3: After School Regional Lead):

Phil Romig (SCOE: Science Curriculum Specialist): promig@scoe.net

Mark Drewes (SCOE: Project Specialist II: Expanded Learning) mdrewes@scoe.net


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