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Summer Learning in the news: Camp Wonder students get a Jumpstart

Summer Learning Programs in Ontario are once again making news! About 650 children from the Greater Essex County District School Board’s Camp Wonder summer learning program enjoyed a “healthy fun-filled day” as part of the Jumpstart Games held at St. Clair College in Windsor. As CBC.ca reports, “students from 23 schools across the region were involved in […]

“Summer Learning Losses” – Dr. Janice Aurini on TVO’s The Agenda

“Is summer vacation interfering with some students’ educational success?” That was the question posed by TVO’s The Agenda host Steve Paikin to University of Waterloo Sociology and Legal Studies Associate Professor Janice Aurini in a September 2016 broadcast. (Watch the segment here.) In conjunction with the CODE Summer Learning Program, Dr. Aurini (along with her […]

“We’re preparing students for jobs that haven’t been invented yet” — news reports gather STEAM in Simcoe County

CBC Radio One recently spoke with James Dobson, principal of the Simcoe County District School Board’s summer learning program, about the STEAM camp at Hillcrest Public School in Barrie. Mr. Dobson described the program, which involves 150 grade 2 and 3 students from 32 different schools in the board, as “fourteen days of fun learning […]

Toronto Star: “Syrian refugee kids get lessons in literacy — and fitting in — at special camp for newcomers”

This past year,  the Toronto Star reports, 70 Syrian refugee students arrived at a Peel District School Board elementary school. This prompted the board to initiate a three-week camp this summer to help keep the learning momentum going. “The camp is a great opportunity for the students to learn a little more English, become a little […]

News item: “Kids learn computer coding as part of robotics program at summer camps”

“By using robotics and computer coding to promote stronger numeracy skills in this year’s Summer Learning Program, students are tapping into the digital world they already inhabit,” reports the Windsor Star. With the aim of “the promotion of important mathematical, literacy and social skills,” students work in pairs or teams to enhance collaboration and observe […]

Windsor Star: SLP students “showing significant gains”

According to the Windsor Star, “Summer Learning programs are proving perhaps the best short-term investment area school boards make each year.” The article, which highlights summer learning programs in the Greater Essex County and Windsor-Essex Catholic district school boards, notes that students in summer programs, on average, reduce the learning gap with their peers by […]