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Parent Resources (Search Our Database) Five Easy Tips for Summer Learning Brenda McLaughlin & Jane Voorhees Sharp "You can encourage your child to have a summer of fun and learning with these five free and easy things to do." Each of the five tips includes a one-sentence research summary and several suggestions to try.

Also available in Spanish: Cinco Consejos Gratuitos y Sencillos Para el Aprendizaje de Verano


Summer Learning Resources for Parents Colorín ColoradoThis website has links to many great resources for moms, dads, and families to read and learn over the summer break from school, including some for prekindergarten as well as elementary kids. Most tip sheets, information pages, and activity ideas are available in both English and Spanish.

School Resources (Search Our Database) Can Schools Enable Parents to Prevent Summer Learning Loss? A Text Messaging Field Experiment to Promote Literacy Skills Kraft, M.A., & Monti-Nussbaum, M “This study explores the potential of enabling parents to provide literacy development opportunities at home as a low-cost alternative” through a summer text-messaging pilot program for parents of first through fourth graders. Positive effects on reading comprehension among third and fourth graders were found, as well as increased attendance at parent-teacher conferences but not at other school-related activities.

Summer Learning Loss: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It? David M. Quinn & Morgan S. Polikoff for Education NextIn this article, "We review what is known about summer loss and offer suggestions for districts and states looking to combat the problem."

School Community Journal Resources (Search Our Database)

A Case Study of Elementary School Parents as Agents for Summer Reading Gain: Fostering a Summer Leap and Holding Steady Lynette Parker & Charlene Reid The findings of this study demonstrate that when educators serve as mediators and when schools create a culture of collaboration, parents are able to support students during the summer. In this case, parents as school agents fostered a summer leap by which students gained in reading levels or at the very least maintained their learning from the prior school year.

Vol 27, No 1

Ethnic Afterschool Programs and Language Schools in Diverse Asian American Communities: Varying Resources, Opportunities, and Educational Experiences (Part 2: How They Differ) Susan J. Paik, Zaynah Rahman, Stacy M. Kula, L. Erika Saito, & Matthew A. Witenstein Based on 135 ethnic afterschool and summer programs and language schools, this descriptive study (Part 2 of 2 in this issue) revealed differences in the types of programs housed within East, South, and Southeast Asian coethnic communities (strong, weak, or dispersed) in the U.S. The article applies a combined cultural–structural framework to understand ethnic programs in distinctive communities. Cultural and structural factors converge tangibly within established ethnic programs, creating distinctive program characteristics (e.g., program goals, services, funding) which, in turn, influence their resources and opportunities (ethnic social capital).


Vol 27, No 2