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Stories about summer melt

By Andrew Bauld 07/31/2017 9:48 AM EDT
Aim High
For Alec Lee, Ed.M.’85 (right), summer isn’t a time for students to escape school. Since 1986, Lee has championed the power of summer learning for students through his organization, Aim High, a free summer learning and enrichment program that brings high-quality classroom experiences to low-income middle school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee, who at the time was teaching high school history, focused on this population because, he says, “there was a lot of emerging research that middle school was really a critical juncture, especially for kids with limited experience. Also...
By Leah Shafer 04/19/2017 1:38 PM EDT
Smarter Tech to Smooth the Path to College
After college acceptance letters arrive, the complexity and sheer number of tasks required to actually enroll — complete FAFSA, submit a final transcript, pay a housing deposit, obtain immunizations, among many other things — thwart the plans of many high school grads to matriculate. Between 10 and 40 percent of intended students fall into this “summer melt” pattern, and aspiring first-generation students, who are more likely to lack the prior knowledge and support to complete these steps, are particularly susceptible. Guidance counselors and admissions officers can provide valuable...
By Bari Walsh 06/25/2015 10:19 AM EDT
Summer By the Book
Where does the achievement gap start? Here’s one place to look: Summer. Research shows that low-income children can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer. Children who do that consistently can wind up two years behind their classmates by the end of sixth grade. It used to be called the “summer slide” — but that’s too gentle a term for the severe, cumulative learning loss that disadvantaged kids can experience during the summer months, when they often have no access to books or teacher support. In a world of digital distraction and unequal opportunities, READS for Summer...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2015 2:20 PM EST
The Art of Tinkering
Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich
The cover alone of this hardcover book sets it apart: It uses special ink that conducts electricity. What follows is a visually stunning look at the tinkering done by 150 makers, including the authors, Karen Wilkinson, Ed.M.’98, and Mike Petrich, Ed.M.’98, codirectors of the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Growing Up Muslim
Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny
In this collection of personal essays, Muslim college students in America discuss the role of Islam in their lives. Collected by Andrew Garrod, Ed.M...
By Matt Weber 09/04/2013 10:24 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Preventing Summer Melt
Why do so many college-eligible students -- recent high school graduates who have been accepted to college and in some cases have even enrolled -- decide over the summer that college is just not for them? "Summer melt," as this phenomenon is called, claims 10-20 percent of college-eligible students a year according to the U.S. Department of Education, a great number of whom are low-income minority students. In this edition of the EdCast, Lindsay Page, Ed.M.'04, Ed.D.'11, and doctoral candidate Ben Castleman -- coauthors of a new resource for the Strategic Data Project, The Summer Melt...
By Newseditor 07/19/2013 9:34 AM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Preventing Summer Melt
This interview originally appeared on A large number of poor high school students, who say they are continuing on to college, fail to show up in the fall. The reason is referred to as the "summer melt." Students face many hurdles over the summer including lack of resources and mentors. Listen as Lindsay Page, senior research manager at the Strategic Data Project, and Ben Castleman, doctoral candidate at HGSE, discuss the issue on NPR's Morning Edition.
By Lory Hough 01/20/2011 3:02 PM EST
James Kim
Photo by Briget Ganske James Kim, Ed.M.’98, Ed.D.’02, had to pound the pavement — hard. At some point, most professors do when they’re trying to find funding for a research project, but for Kim, the stakes were higher than usual. Kim was a finalist for one of the U.S. Department of Education’s recent Investing in Innovation (i3) grants. If he wanted the $12.7 million being offered, he had to scramble to raise 20 percent in matching funds. This past September he did, which allowed him to begin phase one of Project READS (Reading Enhances Achievement During the Summer), a reading...