Summer Learning 2016 Update 1: Boston Celebrates National Summer Learning Day

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Boston Celebrates National Summer Learning Day

unnamed (1)Yesterday on National Summer Learning Day, Boston celebrated meeting Mayor Walsh’s summer learning goal one year ahead of schedule.

In this video, students across Boston report that summer learning helps them prepare for college, make connections to school-year content, and gain new life experiences like swimming and boating.

Click here to watch the full video.

Summer Learning off to a Great Start Serving Nearly 12,000 Students

map 2Welcome back to another year of summer learning! The 2016 Boston Summer Learning Community is on track to serve nearly 12,000 students across 120 program sites. This impressive achievement marks a 113% increase in students and 52% increase in sites compared to 2015. Not only has the community expanded its numeric reach, but the geographic breadth of programs has increased as well.

Click here for an interactive map of programs.

Learning Expands Beyond the Classroom as IBA Students Explore their Community

unnamed (6)Students at Summer Learning Project site Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) have had a great first two weeks of summer learning full of field trips, learning, and the arts. With the essential question, “What is community?” in mind, IBA students have trekked through the South End to explore new areas of their community and meet the people who make it special.

This week, students traveled to the South End branch of the Boston Public Library, where they got the opportunity to talk to the librarian about what community is and their place within it, followed by a lesson about the library. The students also visited a Fair Foods site in Villa Victoria, where they helped organize produce, and the Area D4 Police Station in the South End. All the while, they’ve been using books and other resources to learn more about the individuals they’ve met and their professions.

Click here to hear more from Shannon Hayes, IBA Site Coordinator. 

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CommonWealth Magazine: “Make summer learning a public priority”

chrisIn explaining strategies to close the achievement gap, BASB Executive Director Chris Smith outlines the benefits of summer learning and made the case for its expansion. If you haven’t read the article yet, check it out here. 

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future updates, please contact Olivia Rybolt at

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