Video from the Boston Summer Learning Forum, held on December 9, 2011 at the Omni Parker House. The Forum was cohosted by Boston Public Schools, the Boston Opportunity Agenda, and Boston After School & Beyond. Funding provided by The Wallace Foundation.
See below for a list of locations in the video for each section of the Forum.
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
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.
Today you’ll hear from one of the authors of the RAND Corporation‘s new Wallace-commissioned report, Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, and join in a discussion of how Boston Public Schools is enhancing its summer learning programs as part of this national initiative.