John T. Gorman Foundation: Spending the winter stopping summer slide
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
It may be cold outside, but the John T. Gorman Foundation is very much thinking about what young people in Maine will be doing this summer. In particular the Foundation is focused on stemming the “summer slide,” a troublesome loss of academic skills occurring among some students, particularly those in families with low incomes, when they aren’t engaged in enrichment activities over the summer months. Research shows that many students lose ground in math over the summer, and students from low-income families lose more than two months in reading, as well.
To help combat summer slide, the Foundation has invested in a three-year initiative, partnering with four school districts to implement summer learning programming consistent with that recommended by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).