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NSLA to Host Summer Changes Everything in Baltimore

Tuesday, September 29, 2015  
Posted by: Laura Johnson
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With millions of students now back in school, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) in convening nearly 600 leaders from across the country for Summer Changes Everything, NSLA's 12th annual national conference exploring the role of summer learning in closing the student achievement gap in the United States. Summer Changes Everything™ brings together the country's top thinkers to tackle the "summer slide," a phenomenon in which young people lose approximately two months of academic knowledge when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. See conference schedule highlights here.

"We know from more than 100 years of research that summer changes everything-for-better or
worse-for young people in our nation," says Sarah Pitcock, NSLA CEO. "Far too many young people lose access to books, structured activities, caring mentors and adults and daily subsidized meals when the last school bell rings for summer break. NSLA is working in communities big and small to change that."

This year's conference theme: Renewing the Promise and Purpose of Learning captures NSLA's belief that the extraordinary journey of learning requires high expectations for all students, great teachers and caring adults, and equal access to high quality experiences that nurture a young person's mind, body and spirit. Educators, program providers, policymakers, funders and business leaders will delve into out-of-school time public policies, promising summer learning practices, and assess the significant shifts that need to take hold within our highest-need communities in order to create brighter futures for the country's most vulnerable students.

Read the entire press release.

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