June 2019 #futureofschool Chat Recap: School’s Out — Learning Is (Still) In
Did you hear the last bell ring? The June #futureofschool Twitter chat took place once again on the last Thursday of the month at 6 pm ET, coinciding with the end of the 2018–2019 academic year. Hosted by FBOL’s Amy Valentine, this installment included an hour of live tweeting with thought leaders, educators, parents and caregivers. They shared insights on how to mitigate the ‘summer slide’ (kids’ knowledge loss) and out-of-school boredom—while fostering a love for lifelong learning.
What about the data behind the slide? It only supports what we already know: Summer break can have a detrimental effect on children’s academic progress in subjects like reading and math. Our #futureofschool advocates came together to share their thoughts on how to prevent the so-called summer slide. Here are some of this month’s discussion points:
You’ve likely heard of the #summerslide (kids losing knowledge over summer break)—how big of a problem do you think it is in K–12 education?
What has your experience been with learning from Jun–Aug, and what have you found MOST effective in encouraging students to continue?
In your opinion, why has summer learning remained an issue for students?
How can parents play a more active role in helping their kids to keep learning over break?
What fun & educational activity would you recommend for K–12 students?
How can educators emphasize the importance of summer learning to parents, communities and policy leaders?
While participants agreed that the summer slide remains an ongoing problem for students and educators alike, preventing learning loss has become easier than ever before with digital edtech resources at our fingertips. Similar to tech-enabled learning during the school year, bridging the persistent digital divide is a problem we must solve in order to achieve equity for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Aside from ways to prevent the loss of academic progress made throughout the year, participants also strongly advocated for fostering a love for learning. Summer is the time to explore the world hands-on; it’s a season for learning-by-doing and experiencing new places. So go out and broaden your horizons, and make sure to check out our Twitter chat highlights below for some great tips for summer learning resources.
Pssst….having trouble coming up with ideas to keep your kids engaged? Try letting them be bored (screen-free!) for a change. It sparks imagination and creativity!
😎 Our chat is taking a summer break. But don’t worry...we’ll be back at it this September to continue the #futureofschool conversation!
Check out these highlights featuring @amyvalentine555, @summerlearning, @EdSuperHighway, @LearningAccel, @teachnMedlin, @thescottfuller, @reallykristi, @henneld_edu @FoundationBOL:
A1: Data aside, parents know most kids lose ground in subjects like reading & math over the summer. With the kiddos in my family, it's all about finding something that appeals to them--that one book/robotics activity/ language app/game. ✨ (@duolingo is a fave.)#futureofschool pic.twitter.com/r4nQDhy8zW— Kristi DePaul 🌎🌍 (@reallykristi) June 27, 2019
A1: Important problem! Especially if local schools/libraries don't have access to the connectivity they need for #digitallearning resources. We love that educators are coming up with creative ways to reduce the risk of #summerslide though! https://t.co/rBFZSWvhDN #futureofschool https://t.co/3fWYV2iKcZ— EdSuperHighway (@EdSuperHighway) June 27, 2019
A2: I remember looking forward to the parts of summer break that enabled personal growth: scout camps, church activities, volunteerism, sports. ⛺️🚲🎾— Kristi DePaul 🌎🌍 (@reallykristi) June 27, 2019
More diverse skill-focused learning experiences are possible for today's kids--finding a community helps. #futureofschool
A2. Summer is a fantastic time for kids' passion projects! While this strategy is used by educators at @TrailblazerD11 during the school year, a concept like Genius Hour can be worked into a child's summer schedule for deeper learning. https://t.co/OIsm4ulm6l #futureofschool— Learning Accelerator (@LearningAccel) June 27, 2019
A2: We have heard many creative ways that schools have kept their students engaged. For example, one school in Idaho saw 40% of their students choose to attend summer school because they were so engaged in #digitallearning https://t.co/catG9fgOdf #futureofschool— EdSuperHighway (@EdSuperHighway) June 27, 2019
A4: Many parents & teachers (kids, too!) have taken ownership of #summerlearning, but systems-level supports need to be in place to ensure there are equitable opportunities available to ALL students. This could involve partnerships w/public libraries, for example.#futureofschool pic.twitter.com/1xQY09hd7G— Kristi DePaul 🌎🌍 (@reallykristi) June 27, 2019
A4. If we want kids to continue to engage in learning over the summer months, we need to make sure they have the tools AND the support they need to keep learning. Learning doesn't happen in a vacuum, and there's plenty that goes into it ... #futureofschool— Learning Accelerator (@LearningAccel) June 27, 2019
A5: #Parents can serve as invaluable resources in their communities, building local networks of information & sharing advice on digital apps, exercises, games and creative programs. 🎨 🎶 🔭 🧪 💻— FBOL (@FoundationBOL) June 27, 2019
Read this #futureofschool post for parents: https://t.co/LpnMhipOnV pic.twitter.com/IFGLYpwFpO
A5. In addition to sharing resources, parents can also serve as fantastic listeners and mentors for their children. Help them discover what they want to learn about, plan out what that might look like, work with them to navigate through challenges and roadblocks! #futureofschool— Learning Accelerator (@LearningAccel) June 27, 2019
Hands on museum exhibits,— David Hennel (@henneld_edu) June 27, 2019
Social Science/Studies, History -
learn form the past and make it engaging...
Art museum, bring things to life with AR/VR, engage their creativity
Those are the first two that came to mind.....many more 👍
A7: Conversations between educators + members of the community can and should take place throughout the school year. But the emphasis needs to be on the collective finding solutions to keep kids engaged together--a more collaborative, inclusive approach. 💡 #futureofschool pic.twitter.com/HecytIOwH6— FBOL (@FoundationBOL) June 27, 2019
One more resource for all of us!— Amy E. Valentine (@amyvalentine555) June 27, 2019
101 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged in the Summer
Next summer, we will have a similar list, but embracing technology, and I'm not talking video games. There is so much more to explore!#futureofschool #findyourpassion #inspiredlearning pic.twitter.com/JaFxkPQZtd