Welcome to the Ontario Summer Learning website!
Developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), this site aims to support and assist provincial school boards in the implementation of summer learning programs for primary and junior students.
Since 2010, CODE has administered and managed (with funding from the Ministry’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat) a summer learning program (SLP) for students in kindergarten to grade 3. Our aim: minimize summer learning loss for students who need additional support.
These are students who may not have the same opportunities to continue their learning experiences over the summer as do their classmates. An in-depth research study, linked with the SLP right from the beginning, has clearly identified that summer learning programs do make a difference in minimizing summer learning loss while also contributing to increased levels of student achievement and confidence.
Since the inception of the SLP – now in its sixth year — it has become increasingly apparent that the program benefits more than just the students: many parents have reported becoming more engaged in their child’s learning through SLP outreach initiatives to the students’ homes. And teachers have said summer learning provides unique opportunities for their professional development.
As with any worthwhile project, over time the SLP has become more widespread and effective. This year, with 70 Ontario district school boards now offering summer learning programs, it became apparent that the SLP had grown to the point where a central, web-based resource hub would be of great benefit to all stakeholders in the summer learning community.
Hence the summer learning website you are visiting now. Here you will find resources to enhance your summer learning program – all created and shared by SLP teachers and administrators – along with thought-provoking articles, informative reports and the latest news on summer learning in Ontario.
Our aim is to make this website a reflection of its users’ initiative and interest in growing summer learning in Ontario through the sharing of resources, information and success stories. Its strength will come from those who use it, and those who contribute. I would encourage you to continue providing resources and materials for the website, or contact your board lead to learn how you too can become part ontariosummerlearning.org.
Thank you again for your support of summer learning.
Executive Director, CODE