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Summer Programs: The Perfect Opportunity to Strengthen Youth Literacy

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Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia)

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Prevent “summer slide” using engaging literacy strategies where time is often more abundant and flexible than during the school year. Keeping kids reading, writing and thinking during these months has been shown to reduce or eliminate loss of skills and their educational stance. A wide variety of activities designed to engage and help youth practice their skills will be presented including summer projects, book clubs, Reader’s Theater, independent reading challenge, word games, note-booking, journalism skills, writing for specific audiences, and more. Leave with materials and ideas to make your summer program authentic, fun, and slide-proof.

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Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Informal literacy strategies for use in summer programs

  • Learn how to engage and excite youth with literacy infused activities

  • Understand what research has to say about preventing summer slide

  • Apply workshop training to infuse summer activities with literacy elements

Target audience: Group Leaders, Teachers, Site Directors, Curriculum Developers serving students in grades K-12

NAA competencies: 2,5

DHS Outcomes: Aspires to Educational Excellence, Engagement in Learning, Improved Engagement in School, Prepare for Higher Education and Employment

DHS Indicators: Increase opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking

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K2.07 C1 Define the programmatic elements of curriculum including scheduling elements, materials, environment, learning materials, assessment, and adaptations to meet individualized needs.

K2.09 C1 Define the elements of curriculum planning including establishing children's learning outcomes, staff expectations and roles and strategies for employing developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate, standards-based experiences

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