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An Analysis of the Effects of an Academic Summer Program for Middle School Students ›
This study of a BELL effort is one of the few to look at the impact of summer learning programs on middle school students.
Ready for Fall? Near-Term Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Students’ Learning Opportunities and Outcomes ›
This report offers the first student outcome findings from an ongoing study assessing the impact of participation in high-quality school district summer learning programs.
America After 3PM: Afterschool Programs in Demand ›
Reported participation in afterschool and summer learning programs has jumped, but demand for programming is high, too, a survey finds.
Staying On Track: Testing Higher Achievement’s Long-Term Impact on Academic Outcomes and High School Choice ›
This report summarizes findings from an evaluation of Higher Achievement, an afterschool and summer program for middle school students founded in Washington, D.C.
Think Summer ›
A magazine article offers recommendations for how to hire and train teachers in summer learning programs run by school districts.
Expanding Learning, Enriching Learning: Portraits of Five Programs ›
This report examines the efforts of five Wallace-funded programs to expand high-quality learning opportunities for low-income children.
Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success ›
This report offers guidance to school district leaders interested in launching or improving summer learning programs.
Expanding Time for Learning Both Inside and Outside the Classroom: A Review of the Evidence Base ›
What does research tell us about the effects of expanded learning time? This report examines 80 evaluations of expanded learning efforts.
NASBE Discussion Guide: Summer Learning: A New Vision for Supporting Students in Summer Programs ›
This primer on summer learning loss and ways to mitigate it aims to help guide discussion by state boards of education.
Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning ›
At a Wallace forum, leaders in education, after-school and other areas discuss the challenges and merits of providing children with more high-quality learning time.
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