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· To prevent the dreaded summer learning loss, Education Dive reports that Baltimore City Public Schools has implemented a Summer Arts and Learning Academy which emphasizes math and literacy learning.
· How does education in arts and music engage students? How does it increase learning among all subjects?
Most school districts struggle with ways to prevent the summer “brain drain” which seems to steal precious learning time each year as teachers spend time reviewing material that students once knew but have now forgotten. In most school districts, parents are left with the task of keeping their children engaged in learning over the summer. But more school districts are battling the issue by staging summer learning events of their own. In Baltimore, a summer arts program is addressing the challenge.
Because attendance in most summer learning programs is optional, participation increases when students and their parents are offered programs that interest them. A Brookings Institution article notes, “Regardless of the design, these policies should offer engaging options for students over the summer so that summer learning programs do not feel like punishment for students who would rather be enjoying summer vacation. Doing so would set more students up for success as the school year gets underway.” Arts programming, such as that offered through the Young Audiences program, is one way to achieve that goal.
Read the full article about curbing the summer’s learning loss by Amelia Harper at Education Dive.
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