Summer Learning

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Save the Date

June 26th, 2017 from 10am-2pm at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum


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National research shows that roughly two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years (Alexander et al. 2007). While not in the classroom over the summer most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math computation skills over the summer months, and low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement (Cooper, 1996). Additionally, parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004). Check out our Summer Learning graphic for more statistics.


Summer 2016

We spent June 27th at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem, celebrating  summer learning! The party ran from 10am-5pm, with free admission to the Museum all day long! Nearly 1000 youth and families joined us to:

  • Learn about local summer resources
  • Do hands on activities
  • And have fun!

Thanks to our event sponsors New York Life, Fresh n’ Local, and Kettle Foods for their generous contributions to support this summer learning community event! Click Here for more event details and photos from the day.


Summer Learning Around Oregon

Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch: SL3

Our Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program operated at over 25 sites around Oregon in 2015, including in the Eugene area, the Salem-Keizer school district, and in the Portland metro area. The Summer Learning Partnership is excited to continue growing the number of sites and partners as we engage OMSI to bring science, technology, engineering, and math learning activities to many of our sites.

OregonASK continues to partner with the National Summer Learning Assocation, the Oregon State Library, ODE-USDA, and Bazillion Books, and most importantly, local schools to keep the doors of elementary and middle school libraries open while providing students with access to a healthy meal and engaging activities.

To find Summer Meal sites near you click here.

Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read is this years Summer Reading Program theme. Check back soon for more details.

Programs Around Oregon

CLICK HERE to see more examples of Summer Learning Around Oregon


Summer Learning Policy

We are thrilled to see interest in summer learning growing and want to thank the many Champions who continue to elevate the conversation:

Thank you Representative Smith Warner for Championing Summer Learning at the state legislature this year!

Thanks to Representatives Nathanson, Doherty, McLain, Piluso, Frederick, Keny-Guyer, Komp, and Vega-Pederson for co-sponsoring the Summer Learning Policy Advisory bill this legislative session.

Thanks to all other House Education Committee Members – Representatives Reardon, Barreto, Sprenger & Wilson- for supporting summer learning initiatives!


Summer Meals Activity Guide

The Summer Meals Activity Guide is designed to help summer meal site volunteers maximize the quality of their summer meal sites. This short toolkit provides basic information about food safety, working with children, and includes some activities you can do at your site to attract more participants and create more fun! The activities and tips are only a starting point, meant to inspire program volunteers to be creative with their offerings!

STEM in Summer Activity Guide

The STEM in Summer is a collection of creative and accessible science activities. The toolkit includes a framework for teaching STEM activities and experiments from the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, the Educational Equity Center at AED< Woodburn Afterschool Club and Pacific University. Designed to be used by anyone, the activities are for a range of age groups and cover subjects from astronomy to bubbles!