Open Letter from MI State Board of
Education Member Elizabeth Bauer
Regarding Extended School Year
(ESY) Consideration for ALL Students with IEP’s -
click here. [8-08]
Q & A Glossary:
How do I find a summer program for my child?
From the NCLB Achiever Newsletter, June 1, 2006
What is summer learning loss? The fall-off in reading and
math skills during the summer months due to the lack of
participation in academic enrichment activities.
A quality summer program that includes activities for academic
enrichment can help to prevent the learning loss that research
shows takes place during the summer months and can ensure students
return to school prepared to learn and achieve. Following is just
a sample list of organizations that provide assistance in locating
an engaging and educational summer program in your community for
YMCA — (800) 872-YMCA, www.ymca.net
has more than 2,500 locations nationwide, many of which offer arts
and humanities programs, including its National Writer's Voice, a
network of independent literary arts centers.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America — (800) 854-CLUB,
www.bgca.org staffs some 44,000
trained specialists to support programs that provide writing
assignments, help for setting academic goals and hands-on learning
about the environment.
4-H Club — (301) 961-2800,
www.fourhcouncil.edu provides 7 million American youths with
programs that promote literacy in science, engineering and
technology as well as rural youth development.
Camp Fire USA — (816) 285-2010,
www.campfire.org sponsors mentoring opportunities and
service-learning programs through 145 councils and community
partners across the nation.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education—at (800) USA-LEARN
and at www.ed.gov offers a
database that includes approximately 6,800 participating schools
and organizations across the country that have been awarded 21st
Century Community Learning Center grants to establish summer,
weekend and after-school programs.
School Called Potent - A new study by Brigham Young
University suggests that summer school has lasting effects for
younger elementary students. The study, done by a BYU and a
Harvard professor while they were in graduate school, said
struggling third-graders who went to class in June and July
instead of hitting the beach continued to improve academically for
several years after attending summer school.
View the list of documents pertaining to ESY
compiled by the moderators of the SpecialEdLawMichigan listserv -
(Contact the owners of the SpecialEdLawMichigan Listserv at:
Extended School Year
(ESY) - read
the legal basis in an article by Laura Athens (Attorney and
Mediator) of Farmington Hills, Michigan