Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research


“Mayor Walsh, Community Leaders Unveil New National Summer Learning Research”

unnamedCity of Boston Press Release Excerpt 11/2:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today unveiled the results of a national survey which showed Boston’s summer learning effort outpacing its peers – data the Mayor used to renew calls for greater public and private investment in critical summer programs.

Surrounded by leaders from 127 summer learning programs at the historic YMCA on Huntington Avenue, Mayor Walsh showcased results from the 2016 Boston Summer Learning Community, which reached 10,084 Boston school children in 2016 with an average attendance rate of 85 percent.

Additionally, a new national report from RAND, which includes Boston, shows that high attending students outperformed the control group in math, and these benefits persisted through the school year. After a second summer, high attenders outperformed the control group in math and reading, both in fall and in the following spring.

“The Boston Summer Learning Community is an asset for our families and our schools,” said Mayor Walsh. “The value of this programming goes far beyond better grades. It creates safe spaces for children to explore their interests, build confidence and practice real-world skills, which is why I look forward to taking our city’s summer learning program to the next level.”

The academic advantage for students with high attendance after the second summer is substantial, representing between 20 percent and 25 percent of typical annual gains in mathematics and reading.

“Summer is the fifth quarter of the school year,” said Superintendent Tommy Chang. “Students from these programs are now learning new material in school and not just catching up on last year’s lessons.”

To read the full release, please click here.

State of Summer Report

unnamed-1The Boston Summer Learning Community has dramatically increased the reach and scale of summer learning. Together, we’re serving over 10,000 youth across all neighborhoods in Boston.

Most notably, the network on average met or exceeded the benchmark in all areas of program quality in 2016, with rates comparable to previous years.

Read this new report to learn about the Boston Summer Learning Community’s recent successes and data findings from 2016.

View Photos from Summer Seminar

unnamed-1Many thanks to the YMCA of Greater Boston for hosting us in the beautiful Huntington Avenue space. At the Summer Seminar, we were pleased to hear from James Morton, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, and Donna Muncey, Deputy Superintendent of Strategy at Boston Public Schools.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Video: Why is Summer Learning Important?

unnamed-2Hear it directly from Boston’s young people. In this video, students report that summer learning helps them develop new skills, gain exposure to exciting places, and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Watch the video here.

Video: Steppingstone Foundation Helps Stimulate Thinking and Promote Collaboration

unnamed-3In Boston, over 150 afterschool and summer programs use shared measures to reveal strengths and weaknesses. See how one partner, Steppingstone Foundation’s College Success Academy, delivers hands-on, engaging programming.

Watch the video here.

Video: Boston Celebrates National Summer Learning Day

unnamed-4Last week, the Boston Summer Learning Community was named the winner of the fifth annual Summer Spirit Award, presented by the National Summer Learning Association. This winning video submission highlights our community’s diverse partnerships and vibrant energy.

Watch the video here.