Across the province, school boards are gearing up for another season of fun and stimulating Summer Learning Programs (SLPs).
Now in their ninth year of reducing summer learning loss and building self-confidence for Kindergarten, Primary and Junior division students, the CODE-led, Ministry-funded “SLPs” take place in July and August. As noted by research studies, most students enrolled in summer learning show increased enthusiasm for learning and, in some cases, improved achievement levels.
What’s new/returning for 2018
- This year, summer learning is once again offering enhancements to help promote the value of post-secondary education and encourage parents to view apprenticeships, college and university as important and viable pathways.
- SLPs will continue to assist summer learning students and teachers in the use of robotics as a literacy and numeracy teaching tool.
- Also continuing for 2018 is funding for district school boards with high immigration patterns to offer English as a Second Language/English Language Development (ESL/ELD) programs for refugee students/students new to Canada as part of the CODE Summer Learning Program. These programs can support students (and, in some cases, their siblings) from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
- And a reminder that CODE, with support from the Ministry of Education, will be holding a one-day symposium entitled, Anywhere, Anytime: Summer Learning and Learning Outside the School Day in Ontario Schoolson October 23, 2018 at the Toronto International Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto.
Details for the symposium are still being finalized. Look for registration forms and a program of events near the end of June. There is no cost to register for board or Ministry of Education staff.
Follow Summer Learning on Twitter
The Summer Learning Twitter account @OntarioSLP is the place to catch up on colourful highlights of summer learning activities in school boards around the province. Give us a follow — and be sure to check back often on this site (ontariosummerlearning.org) for all the latest news on SLPs in Ontario!