Summer is critical when it comes to student success and knowing this, Spring Forward Learning Center has continued to enhance and expand our summer enrichment camps. Some experts believe that half of the school achievement gap between rich and poor kids starts before kindergarten with low-income children losing 2-3 months of reading achievement each summer resulting in “summer slide.” Additional research also suggests that two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between higher- and lower-income youth can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning opportunities during their elementary school years.
In 2017, Spring Forward offered summer enrichment camps for children entering kindergarten through 7th grade at Frances Willard, Rock Island Academy, Earl Hansen, Longfellow, Center for Math and Science, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools. We also staffed five teachers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (MLKCC) to support literacy instruction at their camp. More than 450 were enrolled in camps and another 300 participated in Stepping Up for Summer Learning, a celebration of National Summer Learning Day.
All our programs were enhanced though support of community partners. Our partners offered field trips and outreach at sites that included literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), and health and recreation programs. Our partners included the Quad City Area Food Program, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, River Music Experience, Illinois Extension Office, Rock Island Public Library, Blackhawk State Park, Hy-Vee, Quad City Botanical Center, Saint Mary’s Monastery, Living Lands and Water, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Ballet Quad Cities.
The goal of Spring Forward summer camp was to make sure all students read and maintained their reading level over the summer. The informal progress monitoring assessments from the LLI lessons were collected and analyzed to determine if students maintained or improved. In addition, students were given the BAS word lists at the end of camp as another form of assessment since we used it at the beginning of camp.
Teachers at the Spring Forward Summer Camps, used the Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for literacy instruction.
Leveled Literacy Intervention results are attached
- Of the 217 students attending June-July and completing progress monitoring assessments, 87% maintained in reading levels and 12% demonstrated gains.
- Of the 238 students completing word lists assessments, 41% gained and 58% maintained levels.