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July 2, 2019
Tennessee’s summer reading camps are popular, getting results — and in peril
Federal funding has dried up for the popular program now serving 9,000 students in two-thirds of the state's school districts.
June 27, 2019
Inside Denver’s attempt to slow ‘summer slide’ for English language learners and struggling readers
Denver Public Schools' "summer academy" serves English language learners and students struggling with reading — with free activities for siblings, too.
Fighting summer slide
June 20, 2019
100 Black Men’s Summer Academy swells with families who want to curb learning loss, empower students
Keli Reese doesn’t like to hear complaints from her students at the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis' Summer Academy.
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
March 12, 2019
Teachers are ‘ready to fight,’ says new Tennessee coalition inspired by strikes in other states
A new coalition seeks grassroot support to gauge whether Tennessee teachers are ready for collective action.
September 11, 2018
Summer camps lift reading skills for third straight year in Tennessee
Tennessee's campaign to help its children read better is seeing encouraging results from investments in school-based summer camps.
Summer learning academy
February 28, 2018
Better reading and math scores mean more Memphis students can attend this summer program
Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's Summer Learning Academy will be open to 10,000 students in almost 50 sites across the city.
December 19, 2017
Memphis to receive more state-funded summer reading camps than previous year
In all, Tennessee will distribute about $8.9 million to pay for month-long camps at 203 schools across the state aimed at combating summer slide.
October 13, 2017
In their second year, Tennessee’s summer reading camps show improved skills for some
While testing data is available for only half of participating students, those who were assessed grew in their reading accuracy by an average of 4 percentage points.
September 26, 2017
Most Memphis students who went to district’s first summer academy show early growth
Students in every grade level of Shelby County Schools’ first summer academy grew in math and reading skills over the summer months, district leaders announced.
July 24, 2017
Memphis leaders hope first-ever summer learning academies yield lessons about closing the achievement gap
The program wrapped up last week, with plans to track participants' academic performance in the upcoming school year to see if the experience made a difference.
Stopping summer slide
July 13, 2017
On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids
Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs.
May 16, 2017
Hopson floats year-round school as a possibility in Memphis
Leaders of Shelby County Schools are seriously considering a calendar change as a way to prevent “summer slump” and boost test scores.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
'A wondrous time to learn'
July 26, 2016
How a free Denver Public Schools camp seeks to stop the summer slide
Schoolchildren in Denver can spent part of their summer at a free camp where they'll have fun and learn while preparing for the coming school year.
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