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Download the Summer 2010 Whole Child Podcast to learn how schools and communities are working to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged throughout the summer and why it's so critical. Our guests discuss summer learning research, policies, and practices that expand the traditional conversation about "summer school" to encompass the kind of summer activities and programs that ignite a passion for learning and prevent learning loss. You'll hear from
- Ron Fairchild, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, about summer learning research, policy, and practice;
- Margaret Brodkin, initiative director of New Day for Learning in San Francisco, about the work of the Summer Learning Collaborative, an innovative approach to connecting individuals and organizations from all sectors of the city and ensuring that each child has access to summer learning opportunities; and
- Cate Reed, project coordinator of Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy, about Pittsburgh Public Schools efforts to offer free summer camp for middle grades students for two summers.
How are tight budgets affecting summer programs in your community? Are your school and community partnering to provide summer learning opportunities?