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How to Create a
Summer School

Thursday, january 19th | 1 p.m. EST

About this Webinar 

Summer learning programs have emerged as the number one strategy for academic recovery.

Researchers predict it will take more than three years for elementary students to recover from COVID learning loss and more than five years for older children. For urban, disadvantaged youth, the pandemic wiped out gains previously achieved in closing the opportunity gap. Students in high-poverty schools suffered the greatest setbacks. 

Fortunately, the American Rescue Plan was the single-largest federal investment in K-12 education has ever experienced. Traditionally, summer school programs pre-COVID have focused on preventing the “summer slide.” Now, more educators than ever are turning their focus to accelerating learning through summer school so students can build skills to tackle grade-level content. New strategies have proven that students can achieve measurable gains in reading and math in just five weeks. 

Hosted by Lavinia Group, creators of the nationally recognized RISE Summer School Program, this webinar will share how to create a summer learning intervention program that rapidly improves student reading and math skills. 

By attending this webinar, participants will understand how to design and implement a summer school program that drives reading achievement gains, builds reading skills in decoding and reading fluency, and improves math outcomes. 

Participants who attend this webinar will learn how to:

  • Evaluate and select summer learning curriculum
  • Create a program that balances meaningful academic work with enrichment and play
  • Incorporate professional development that impacts year-long instruction 
  • Incorporate small-group instruction, partner work and independent practice 
  • Use data to inform instruction 
  • Monitor and measure the results of your summer learning program 

All participants will leave with tangible practices that can be used in designing a program that works for your district, network, or school.

Karen Lewis Quote

Closing the Achievement gap with summer learning

Two decades of growth in math and reading were wiped away by just two years of pandemic disruption.

The effects of the pandemic were uneven across racial/ethnic groups with the largest achievement declines affecting Hispanic, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native students.  

Research shows that well-designed, high-quality summer learning programs lead to measurable gains in reading and math.


Source: The74, “‘Nation’s Report Card’: Two Decades of Growth Wiped Out by Two Years of Pandemic”

Educators predict that too much focus on remediation will be a historic mistake. New pandemic data supports acceleration rather than remediation to make up for COVID learning loss. Researchers found that with learning acceleration, students were able to complete 27 percent more grade-level work than students who were taught through remediation and focused on unfinished material from prior years.

Close the achievement gap and set students on a path to success with a game-changing summer learning program. 

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