Summer Learning Loss examined in June 20 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’

News Release Date: 
June 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

Summer Learning Loss examined in June 20 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 5, 2013) – Adults and youth idealize the summer school break as a time for play and relaxation. But educators know that summer interrupts learning, causes backsliding in academic development and for some at-risk children who lack access to summer enrichment programs, summer break can be a learning disaster from which they struggle to recover.

The June episode of NET’s “State of Education in Nebraska” series looks at the problem of “Summer Learning Loss,” with educators and community based providers discussing ways to offset losses through formal and informal out-of-school programs and steps parents can take at home. The program airs Thursday, June 20, at 8 p.m. CT on NET2 World.

In addition to lacking access to enriching education opportunities, some children, particularly low-income youth, also lose access to basic needs like healthy meals, daily exercise and adequate adult supervision, said Jeff Cole, who directs the Nebraska Community Learning Center Network  at the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.

Cole will moderate the program, which includes Richard Tagle, a board member with the National Summer Learning Association; Luisa Palomo, the 2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Liberty Elementary School in Omaha; Susie Brown, site coordinator for Lincoln’s North Star High School community learning center; Mick Hale, director of education at Omaha’s Durham Museum; and Sarah Zulkoski, outreach coordinator for Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Taped before a live audience, the program’s discussion topics will include the scope of the problem of summer learning loss, teachers’ perspectives and how communitywide approaches and non-traditional learning opportunities can address the problem.

Marthaellen Florence, NET’s director of community engagement and educational outreach and program producer, said this program brings together national, state and community experts who hope to help lower the achievement gap that often widens during the summer break, a gap that some kids cannot bridge once they return to school.

The State of Education in Nebraska is a two-year initiative led by NET and 18 partners. A statewide transmedia effort, State of Education in Nebraska examines issues and connects Nebraskans in efforts to ensure a well-educated and career-ready workforce.

“NET is committed to being a valued partner in supporting quality education for all Nebraskans,” said Gary Targoff, NET’s assistant general manager for education. “We are proud to play a role in bringing issues of importance to our audience to help raise awareness of the state of education in Nebraska.”

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