In partnership with the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network, Mission: Graduate brought together 40 summer learning leaders to develop a shared community vision for reducing summer learning loss.
According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, research shows that students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer. The problem is particularly acute among low-income students who have less access to summer learning opportunities. Those students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, which slows their progress toward reading proficiency. Afterschool Alliance and National Summer Learning Association Research shows that 9 out of 10 teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year.
Individuals at the Summit shared the work done by their organizations, learned about Mission: Graduate’s fourth Launch to Learn Summer Adventure Guide activities, participated in a vision setting discussion, and ended the morning with a presentation by guest speaker Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.
Mayor Keller explained that only about 20 percent of the kids who want to participate in summer programs are able to do so. The City is going to undertake a system inventory of programs and then conduct a gap analysis to determine needs.
The Summit is just the first step in building a shared community vision of reducing summer learning loss. Ideas generated by the participants included making the discussion of the importance of summer learning happen year round, bringing more summer learning leaders to the table, and assisting the city with its efforts to increase access to summer learning opportunities. The participants will continue to work together to improve outcomes for the children in our community.
Summit by the numbers:
- About 96 percent of participants had a clear action step after the summit
- Everyone had a clear understanding of the role they played
- Overall, participants found the activities and presentations satisfying and informative. One participant said, “Very informative. Great way to start getting the word out!”
Read ABQ Journal article: Summer and after school programs to expand