National academies report offers comprehensive recommendations for addressing summertime gaps

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Expert Interview with Deb Moroney on Shaping Summer Experiences

As summer approaches, more people are turning to summer learning experts to ask what we can do to support children’s continuous learning over the next few months and into the school year. In fact, the first study of summer learning loss dates back to 1906, when William S. White, a professor in mathematics, tested his students in math computation in June and then again in September. It’s safe to say that we have a long history of knowing that gaps in schooling lead to learning losses.

A recent report from the National Academy of Sciences provides a rich overview of what we know about children’s summertime experiences and how they influence learning and development. In this interview, SCRI speaks with one of our advisory board members, Deborah Moroney, Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and one of the committee members who contributed to this consensus report. We asked Deb to offer her insights on what this report reveals about summer as well as where our gaps in knowledge lie, in addition to discussing what it means in terms of the current COVID-19 landscape.

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