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National Summer Learning Week

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to “elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year.” This year National Summer Learning Week is July 12–16, 2021.

While many of the activities and suggestions for National Summer Learning Week are geared towards studentseducators and other adults can also benefit from refreshing in the summer. Here are some suggestions based on the themes for this week:


Dive into a Book Adventure

Spend time this summer reading books for pleasure and if there is room, also read professionally.


Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness

A story and a batch of cornbread created classroom community for Brent Peters and his students at Fernville High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Read his narrative “My Food Lit Class ‘Smells Like Corn’” in the September 2017 Council ChronicleRead the recipe, shared by Brent’s wife, Emily!


Make a Masterpiece

A Symphony of Possibilities: A Handbook for Arts Integration in Secondary English Language Arts explores arts-based pedagogies for secondary teachers of English language arts. Drama, music, poetry, public art, and visual art are explored in detail by experts in their fields sharing proven methods of instruction with secondary students and teachers. Learn more about “Choosing Creativity as a Lifestyle.”


How will you mark National Summer Learning Week?


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