National Summer Learning Week
National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year. Research shows that summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade, according to data from the National Summer Learning Association.
In the summer of 2020, L.O.U. Reads hosted a six-day summer learning program highlighted by six separate books: Anywhere Farm, Jabari Jumps, Ish, Happy in Our Skin, The Listening Walk, and Saturday. The program entailed family activity packets and accompanying materials being distributed throughout the L.O.U. community prior to the launch of Summer Learning Week. Every day of the program focused on a different book and families were encouraged to complete activities centered around that day's book. The program was a huge success, with over 125 families participating.
Out-of-School Time Coffee Hour
We work to build a professional learning community of local out-of-school time providers through monthly coffee hours. These meetings serve as a space where out-of-school time providers can freely discuss what is happening within both their organization(s) and their partnering organization(s), as well as providing an opportunity to collaborate with others within the community.
The meetings normally take place in the lobby of The Graduate Hotel in Oxford on the third Wednesday of each month, 9:00am - 10:00am; however, all meetings have been moved to Zoom amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit our events page to learn more about how you can join!
It is L.O.U. Reads' goal to minimize and ultimately eliminate summer learning loss. The "summer slide" is a well-documented occurrence in which students, particularly students with limited educational and enrichment opportunities, lose ground academically over the summer. In the short-term, our specific goal is to increase participation in quality out-of-school time programs -- many of which provide both after- and summer-school -- with an explicit focus on reaching disadvantaged children and youth.
Our strategy centers on: strengthening and expanding existing out-of-school time (OST) programs; coordinating OST programs throughout the L.O.U. community; engaging traditionally non-academic programs to promote literacy; and promoting public awareness and parental engagement.
Current efforts include: building a professional learning community of local OST providers through monthly coffee hours on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 9 am-10 am; developing and disseminating information for families on the many summer programs available in our community; launching a Summer Reading at Summer Feeding program; and continued enhancements to existing literacy-focused OST programs participating in the coalition.