At a National Summer Learning lunch in Phoenix, the former head of the Walmart Foundation, Margaret McKenna, say there is no higher return on investment in education than summer learning. She then went on to say that few areas of education seem so fragmented, so hand- to-mouth.
Despite the punishing effects of summer learning loss on children (and teachers), the situation largely remains so across the country.
At United Way, we believe an unmet need in Westchester and Putnam Counties is the development of a cross-organizational group. One with the aim of bolstering, not displacing our summer patchwork. We envision a group of people who can:
- Look and learn from the landscape
- Spread better practices, as a means to raise all boats
- Garner greater attention and resource to mitigate the effect of summer loss on the neediest children and families.
Therefore, our workshop on March 27th is about just that. We are hosting a full day with a consultant from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), one who’s helped other communities across the country in similar ways. We hope this gathering is a first step towards becoming a vital and ever improving summer learning community of our own.
We’d like to invite you, your colleagues, and/or someone else you know to be integral to moving our counties forward on the summer learning front.
RSVP by March 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please call us if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas about the day.
And thank you to the team at Westchester Library Systems for graciously hosting. If you decide to come, dress comfy and roll up your sleeves. Breakfast and lunch gratefully served.