Summer Learning

Picture3Research shows that up to two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher income peers can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.  Under the leadership of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston is taking on this issue.  The Boston Opportunity Agenda, The Wallace Foundation, and others are investing in more than 1,500 new program slots to expand summer learning access.  Boston After School & Beyond and the Boston Public Schools co-manage this effort.

Boston Summer Learning Project

Boston’s approach to summer learning addresses the knowledge, skills, and experiences young people need to acquire in order to succeed in school, college, work, and life.  Schools draw on the strengths of teachers and leading program providers to provide a full-day, integrated learning experience.

Each program employs a different mix of time, location, enrichment, and staffing based on the specific needs and interests of their children.  All are focused on the common goals of academic progress in math and language arts and improvement in specific skills (engagement, initiative, communication, and relationships with adults).

 Research and Reports

2011 Summer Learning Updates2012 Summer Learning Updates2013 Summer Learning UpdatesSummer Learning Project 2013 Info BookletDiscussion Guide: Summer Learning – A New Vision for Supporting Students in Summer Programs (NASBE)
There are many updates on this summer of learning. Click here to see what’s been going on this summer!


There are many updates on this summer of learning. Click here to download and read the updates! 
 This booklet provides an in-depth look at the past three years of the Boston Summer Learning Project.  It outlines the Project’s approach, as well as its impact on all involved: students, teachers, Boston Public Schools, and community partners.

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 The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Summer Learning Discussion Guide is now available. Developed with support from the Wallace Foundation, Summer Learning – A New Vision for Supporting Students in Summer Programs provides contemporary research on the devastating impact of summer learning loss on student achievement, elements of effective summer learning programs, state-level examples of action and guiding questions to help design a policy framework to support and develop quality summer learning programs.

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