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Summer Pathways for Innovation Using Connected Learning

Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:00

With generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) piloted a teaching fellowship program, Summer Pathways for Innovation, that paired teachers with local summer learning programs in New York City and Chicago during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

The success of the Summer Pathways for Innovation teaching fellowship program suggests that aligning summer programs with the school year has an important impact on school-year effectiveness, and school districts that partner with local community-based organizations support students in a variety of ways, helping to close the achievement gap and prepare them for college and career with 21st century skills. Summer learning also offers a unique opportunity to develop, test, and refine innovative K-12 teaching approaches, as well as provides a platform for classroom teachers to engage in flexible learning environments where they can explore youth-driven, project-based approaches that are not often possible in the school year classroom.

Download the full report, Innovative Pathways to Teaching Reform: Using Connected Learning to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders, and learn how you can:

  • Create opportunities for youth leadership and interest-driven learning using connected learning;
  • Foster partnerships between districts and community-based organizations;
  • Leverage digital technology to bridge student interest with college and career opportunities;
  • Test and refine new pedagogical practices; and
  • Find out new ways to integrate technology into
    instructional practice

Source: The National Summer Learning Association

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