Robin Berlinsky, Executive Director of Engaging Creative Minds, a Charleston educational nonprofit, participated as a panelist in a national press conference focused on summer learning and its role in our response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Please find more information, and watch the conference, below:
 
When Schools Close: Harnessing the Power of Summer for America’s Young People

What will summer hold for America’s students and families this season?

The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the enormous digital divide, food insecurity, childcare, and learning loss challenges that millions of under-resourced students and their families experience every summer. The Covid-19 learning loss combined with the usual summer slide may have a ripple effect for years to come. Decades of research, however, show high-quality summer programs improve math and reading skills, and build critical social-emotional skills of students. However, these programs may look vastly different in a COVID-19 reality. Leaders from across the country came together to discuss the state of summertime experiences in America, summer solutions emerging in this pandemic, along with recommendations for the investments and policies needed to improve conditions for children and families during this COVID-19 summer and beyond.

Hosted by the National Summer Learning Association

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