If you are in charge of creating your OWN summer program, this research-based paper will help you plan everything from operations, to programming, duration, target population, funding, and connections. The article is written by nationally recognized research company, The Wallace Foundation (in conjunction with the National Summer Learning Association)
This is my favorite resource in this collection. Not only are there resources, but there are links for science, writing, math, and reading. It includes activities for summer holidays, arts, and crafts as well. This is the ultimate summer curriculum companion to make sure your classes are both fun and rigorous.
This article is SUPER helpful! Common Core content of inferencing, summarizing, cause and effect and characterization are addressed using summer topics and activities. This would be such a great addition to any literacy classroom!
Although the title of this article suggests it is for ESL or ELL students, it could easily be adapted for ANY student. Written by a summer school teacher, this article walks you through every aspect of what a day in summer school might look like. Topics include informal assessments, academic skills, writing, math, vocabulary, book choice, and schedule. I LOVE that the author has included several book choices, activities, games, and projects.
This report is a bit longer of a read but DEFINITELY worth it. The report is a research project from the RAND corporation and discusses everything from the why and where to have summer camps, costs of summer camps, and the effectiveness for children. Chapter three, in particular, discusses attendance, class size, instruction and curriculum, and differentiated instruction in summer school.
Do you have parents asking WHY summer school? This article lists many benefits for students, both academically and socially. I feel that, most importantly, this article connects culture and global learning as a benefit. In addition, the article discusses how summer school increases a child's employability in the future. This would be a great research based article to share with parents.