Social media is full of countdown posts by teachers, parents and students ready for summer break to begin. Summer break can be a critical time where the information learned over the school year seems to vanish instead of being retained by students. What can be done to stop the summer slide?

How do you prepare students for summer break? Does your school have a strategy in place to ensure summer slide is a minimal issue for your children?

Create a strong communication plan for your parents and community.

Encourage your teacher to communicate with parents the importance of learning during break. Send home a resource guide with websites that are age appropriate for children to continue learning. Is your local library working with your school on summer reading programs? How engaged is your local business community? Explore something as simple as designing placemats for younger children to help remember big ideas during the summer.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Offer a Summer Bridge program for students

Many schools are now offering a Summer Bridge program that provides struggling students a way to catch up and stay on pace with peers, or even get ahead. For many of our Early College High Schools, this is a great way to introduce rising freshman to the university space. Your local college or university is always looking for ways to recruit students and may offer space you can use for the programming.

 Many schools are now offering a Summer Bridge program that provides struggling students a way to catch up and stay on pace with peers, or even get ahead.

Early college high schools make earning a college degree accessible, affordable and possible for students who are ready to get on the fast track to success in school and career. Learn more about KnowledgeWorks early college high school methodology.

Many schools are now offering a Summer Bridge program that provides struggling students a way to catch up and stay on pace with peers, or even get ahead. For many of our early college high schools, this is a great way to introduce rising freshman to the university space. Your local college or university is always looking for ways to recruit students and may offer space you can use for the programming.

Use Summer Bridge as a way to engage students and make it fun! Design cross curriculum projects that have real-world applications. End you Summer Bridge program with a group project and allow students to present their work.

If you’re just starting on a Summer Bridge program, partner with students during the design process. Ask for feedback to ensure it is interesting and engaging. If your state offers the opportunity for students to earn college credit while in high school, use Summer Bridge as a way to introduce what a college course looks like.

If you want to start a Summer Bridge program but aren’t sure where to start, we can help. Learn more about the KnowledgeWorks approach Summer Bridge.

Summer slide can be reduced significantly with the right strategies in place. Plan early and have a strategy in place before the countdown clock to summer break hits zero.

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Diamonta’ Seabron is a graduate of Toledo Early College High School. This Fall he is headed to The Ohio State University to study nursing / pre-med. We asked him to share a little with us about his early college experience. 

I applied to Toledo Early College High School (TECHS) get a start on college early and to push how much I could learn while still in high school.

Early college high school impacted my life by making me more cultured. It allowed me to expand my horizon and make friends from all types of cultures and learn more about them

The early college high school I attended was really exceptional. The teachers really care about you and push you to be the best you can, and the classes are small enough for there to be a lot of one on one time if necessary.

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