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Winners of 2015 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

Monday, August 24, 2015  
Posted by: Nancy Levesque
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With millions of students heading back to school across the country, many communities and school districts are celebrating their creative efforts to keep young people learning and growing through high-quality summer learning programs. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) announced today four exemplary programs that have earned the coveted 2015 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award and NSLA's new Founder's Award, demonstrating that summer is indeed a season for learning.

Both annual awards recognize summer programs demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income children and youth, as measured by NSLA's Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs. Winning programs also demonstrate exemplary practices in overall programming, including professional development for program staff and collaboration with community partners in fulfilling shared goals for student and family engagement. The new Founder's Award recognizes drop-in or informal program models, and the Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes enrollment-based models. The four winning programs -- Pittsburgh Public Schools, Project Transformation (Dallas area), Rochester City School District, and Chicago Public Library -- were chosen from 90 applicants for the 2015 awards.

"Our 2015 award winners and finalists exemplify the best in summer learning and the impact that high-quality summer learning opportunities can have on student success," said Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. "These programs bust the myth that summer learning is boring or punitive by offering some of the most engaging, individualized and hands-on learning opportunities available to young people today."

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