Boston Summer Learning Forum [VIDEO]

On December 9, 2011, leaders from the state and city government, Boston Public Schools, local and national funders, and community program providers came together at the Boston Summer Learning Forum.

Speakers included Mayor Menino, Dr. Carol Johnson (Boston Public Schools), Kristin McSwain (Boston Opportunity Agenda), Ed Pauly (Wallace Foundation), and Jennifer Sloan McCombs (RAND Corporation).

Without high-quality summer learning opportunities, students lose knowledge and skills during the summer break, and children in low-income communities suffer disproportionately.

Boston Public Schools was recently selected as one of six school districts nationwide to receive funding from The Wallace Foundation to strengthen summer learning programs and measure their effectiveness over time. Districts were selected because of their success in building programs that address the problem of summer learning loss. Boston Public Schools’ Summer Learning Program was created in collaboration with the Boston Opportunity Agenda and Boston After School & Beyond. This initiative builds on Boston’s record of support for summer learning, and will provide evidence so that community leaders can make informed choices going forward.

At the Summer Learning Forum, the audience heard from one of the authors of the RAND Corporation’s Wallace-commissioned report, Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, and joined in a discussion of how Boston Public Schools is enhancing its summer learning programs as part of this national initiative.

Individual sections of the program are listed here:

00:00 – Opening remarks by Chris Smith (Boston Beyond) and Dr. Carol Johnson (Boston Public Schools)

09:12 – Welcome by Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino

22:20 – Boston Summer Learning Project Video

32:42 – Introduction of Panel moderated by John Barros (DNSI)

41:25 – Presentation of “Making Summer Count” by Jennifer Sloan McCombs (RAND Corporation)

52:00 – Panel Discussion

1:21:23 – Q&A Session with Panelists