Pilot Launched to Minimize Summer Slide in Literacy

NPS Launches Pilot Program to Minimize the Summer Slide in Literacy
Posted on 03/08/2018
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Norwalk Public Schools has partnered with the nonprofit Springboard Collaborative to pilot a six-week summer program to close the literacy gap among students, and encourage parent engagement. The program, which was approved by the Norwalk Board of Education during last week’s board meeting, will kick off this summer at Jefferson Science Magnet and Kendall Elementary schools.


While all Jefferson and Kendall students will be invited to attend this free program, with the possibility of being placed on a waitlist, those who perform well below state standards in English Language Arts will be required to attend. Approximately 200 students from each school are expected to enroll in the program, double the number of students who would qualify for the Norwalk Summer Academy. All other students performing below the standard throughout the district will attend Summer Academy as in previous summers.


“Based on data, we know that offering this free program at Jefferson and Kendall will allow us to have a greater impact on student learning based on need,” said the NPS Director of Humanities Janine Goss. “This opportunity to work with Springboard positions NPS to reach our strategic goal of expanding effective summer learning programs to eradicate summer learning loss.”


Springboard differs from typical summer school programs in that caregivers are encouraged to attend weekly workshop sessions through incentives. These sessions are designed to help families build confident learners and successfully support literacy at home. The partnership also provides educators with support and coaching for targeted reading instruction for students struggling in the area of English Language Arts.


Rewards will be offered to parents who attend all five weekly workshops in order to help their child reach a predetermined goal. Students who reach this goal will win a backpack filled with school supplies. Students who exceed this goal, and have a designated family member who attends all of the workshops, will receive a tablet.


This program is free to families. The pilot is being funded in part by the priority school district grant, with the rest of the money funded by private donors.