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Where do you see the summer learning movement heading in the next five years?
I think we’ll see it continue to be more integrated into municipal collective impact and pipeline initiatives. Summer learning is pivotal for different reasons throughout a child’s life, including transitions into kindergarten, middle and high school and college, so cities will need to build the infrastructure to support it at scale. I think the field will get smarter about measuring the right outcomes in the right way and sharing and aligning data more with school year programs. School districts will increasingly move beyond strictly remedial models to embrace community partnerships and innovative professional development for teachers in the summer. I think summer learning will boom in the next five years through technology. We’re already seeing tremendous growth in the marketplace of products available for anytime, anywhere summer learning, and many of them provide excellent data for both teachers and parents. My greatest hope, however, is that we see many more school districts and citywide systems collecting data on summer program participation. That would be a game changer. Click here to read full article