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LANDOVER HILLS, MD -- New Hope Academy a parent-founded international pre-K to 12th grade school in Landover Hills is hosted an “Unlimited Learning” event as a part of National Summer Learning Day ...

LANDOVER HILLS, MD -- New Hope Academy a parent-founded international pre-K to 12th grade school in Landover Hills is hosted an “Unlimited Learning” event as a part of National Summer Learning Day 2009 and a kick off to the schools 20th Anniversary. On July 9th the school hosted a FREE PUBLIC event featuring panelist talking about the “unlimited learning” opportunities summer learning can provide students. Panelist covered topics related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, reading, languages and culture, virtual distance learning and support resources for parents.

“If kids aren’t learning over the summer, they fall behind academically,” says Joy Morrow, Principal, New Hope Academy. “Quality summer learning programs help kids get ahead while they explore new talents and discover the joy of learning something new. Students need extra time for learning, and quality summer programs offer that.”

During the week of July 6, cities around the country will hold events to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of youth and their families. The week’s activities will culminate with Summer Learning Day on July 9, an annual national event organized by the National Center for Summer Learning to focus attention on how quality summer learning programs help close the achievement gap and promote healthy development.

In Landover Hills, Maryland, “Unlimited Learning” will provide parents an opportunity to speak with various leaders from around the area regarding the things they can do to provide their child a rich summer learning experience to prevent Summer Learning Day is sponsored by the National Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University. (www.summerlearning.org)

This year, New Hope Academy joins summer learning advocates from across the country urging local school districts to spend some of the $100 billion for education in President Obama’s economic reinvestment and recovery package on summer learning programs. “The president has approved an unprecedented investment in education,” said Ron Fairchild, executive director of the National Center for Summer Learning. “Summer learning programs are a proven educational innovation that will close the achievement gap. This is a historic opportunity to use new public dollars for summer learning programs and help thousands more children achieve their full potential.”

Research shows that all children experience learning loss when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Here are simple, low-cost things parents can do to make sure their children are active and engaged this summer:

SUMMER LEARNING TIPS:
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF SUMMER
The National Center for Summer Learning encourages parents to make the most of children's summer break with the following suggestions:

• Locate a summer program that fits your budget. Programs offered by schools, recreation centers, universities, and community-based organizations often have an educational or enrichment focus.

• The library is a great, free resource. Check out books that interest your child. Participate in free library summer programs and make time to read every day.

• Take free or low-cost educational trips to parks, museums, zoos and nature centers.

• If you are taking a day trip by car, choose a place with an educational theme. Camping is also is low-cost way to get outside and learn about nature.

• Practice math daily: Measure items around the house or yard. Track daily temperatures. Add and subtract at the grocery store. Learn fractions while cooking.

• Play outside. Limit TV and video games. Intense physical activity and exercise contribute to healthy development.

• Do a community service project. Teach your child how to volunteer in your community and show compassion to others.

• Keep a schedule. Continue daily routines duri

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“Unlimited Learning” Event for National Summer Learning Day 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Unlimited Learning July 9, 2009
  • 2. • The mission of the Center for Summer Learning is to create opportunities for high-quality summer learning for all young people. The Center works to: • Improve the quality and quantity of summer programs through professional development and evaluation • Build awareness and support through outreach and communications • Generate public investment through informing policymakers and engaging stakeholders
  • 3. Facts… • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004). • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. (Cooper, 1996). • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher- income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. (Alexander et al, 2007). • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007). • Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).
  • 4. The Gap • Elementary students lose most in spelling and math skills. • Average loss in math over the summer is about 2.6 months of grade level equivalency.
  • 5. The Gap
  • 6. Agenda • Introduction - Mrs. Joy Morrow, Principal, New Hope Academy • Dr. Jill Robbins, Board Member, National Museum of Language (NML) • Mr. Thurman Jones Jr., President, Patriots Technology Training Center • Mrs. Deborah Crimes, President, Lessons from Abroad, LLC • Mr. Thomas Faulkner, President, EDUCATIONAL Etc. • Mr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Vice President / President-elect, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) • Mrs. JoAnn Stokes, Certified Instructor, Kumon, Bowie • Questions • Conclusion - Mrs. Joy Morrow, Principal, New Hope Academy
  • 7. Mrs. Joy Morrow Principal 301-459-7311 http://www.newhopeacademy.org/
  • 8. Introduction • New Hope Academy is a private parent-founded international pre-K to 12th grade school, fully certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Located on an eight-acre campus, this spacious school houses a computer lab, a science lab, a math manipulative based program, a foreign- language and cultural center, an art studio, a gymnasium and a professional quality dance studio. • We offer before-and after-school care, a summer day camp for elementary-aged students, and a fully licensed preschool and day-care program for ages 3-5 years. New Hope faculty, staff, and students represent over 20 faiths and more than 35 nationalities.
  • 9. "Discovery Summer" enrichment program • Focusing on a designated weekly theme, your child will experience a broad range of fun- filled and educational activities such as team sports, weekly field trips, swimming, computers, cooking, arts and crafts, games, recreational reading, math investigations, science experiments, and movement and rhythm activities.
  • 10. "Learning Adventure" programs • Math Enrichment programs • Information Technology prog • Performing Arts programs • Creative Expression program • Helping Hands programs • Co-ed Sports programs
  • 11. Dr. Jill Robbins, Board Member http://languagemuseum.org/
  • 12. National Museum of Language Promoting a better understanding of language and its role in history, contemporary affairs, and the future. Opened to the public May, 2008 Visiting the museum Main Exhibit Activity Room Groups Website Future Plans
  • 13. National Museum of Language Location: 7100 Baltimore Avenue College Park, MD Hours: Tuesdays 10 – 4 Saturdays 10 -4 First and Third Sundays, 1- 4 Groups by appointment: 301-864-7071
  • 14. The Exhibit Hall The first stop in the Museum is the exhibit hall. Here you will hear about the development of writing and learn about two major systems: alphabetic and logographic.
  • 15. The Activity Room In the activity room, you can have a hands-on experience - learn to speak words in different languages and to practice calligraphy.
  • 16. Special Tours We can design a tour suited to match a particular age group or special interest. Contact us ahead of time to ensure a memorable learning experience for your group. Our target audience is aged 9 – 90.
  • 17. Visit us online • Languagemuseum.org has a wide variety of resources for exploring language • Podcasts of museum presentations are available
  • 18. Future Plans • New exhibits are planned to explore: – Living Language: Immigration, Identity, Dialect, and Slang – The Linguistic Dynamics of the Anacostia Trails Area during the War of 1812 • Come visit us soon!
  • 19. Mr. Thurman Jones Jr. President 301-925-9350 http://www.patriots-ttc.org/
  • 20. Introduction • The Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC) brings together municipalities in Prince George's County to generate interest, education, jobs and careers for all ages and for those at present who may not have close or convenient access to today's technology. • (1) the Annual Youth Summit on Technology, (2) Patent Replication Competition and (3) Robotics Competition. This includes sponsorship of a Junior Chapter for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). • (1) the High Tech After-school Program and (2) the Summer Camp on Technology.
  • 21. Youth Summit
  • 22. Summer Camp
  • 23. Science Bowl
  • 24. Math Movers
  • 25. Lego League
  • 26. Mrs. Deborah Crimes President 301-390-5559 http://www.lessonsfromabroad.com/
  • 27. Introduction Lessons From Abroad (LFA) is a language provider to many Christian, Montessori and Private schools in Washington, DC and Prince George's County, Maryland. We provide schools with quality, expert language teachers; recommend textbooks; develop curriculum, exams and quizzes; suggest quarterly cultural activities and assemblies; and handle grading too.
  • 28. Programs/Resources • Lessons From Abroad (LFA) currently offers Club Español, Club Français, Club ASL, and Club Swahili language programs. • LFA also offers storytelling, one-on-one and group tutoring services in Spanish and French for middle and high school students, training, and basic translation services.
  • 29. More…
  • 30. Mr. Thomas Faulkner President http://www.educationaletc.com/
  • 31. Introduction • EDUCATIONAL Etc. is known by educators and parents for offering a complete selection of educational materials and school supplies for both the classroom and your home. Our retail stores are always fully stocked with the latest in educational resources and are conveniently located for you to shop today. • EDUCATIONAL Etc. carries a vast selection of products from manufacturers like Carson Dellosa, Creative Teaching Press, Frank Schaffer, Instructional Fair, Scholastic, Trend and Teacher's Friend.
  • 32. Programs/Resources • Our online catalog offers a complete selection of resources featuring a comprehensive curriculum section, teacher's resources, arts and crafts, classroom furniture and more.
  • 33. Programs/Resources • Arts & Crafts •Furniture & Equipment • Classroom Supplies •Games •Language Arts • Active Play •Mathematics • Bulletin Boards & More •Middle School • Children's Books •Multi Media Education • Construction Play •Multilingual Products • Creative Play •Music • Critical Thinking •Puzzles • Early Childhood •Readiness Skills •Science • Flannelboard Fun •Social Studies •Teacher Helpers
  • 34. Mr. Reggie Smith III, Executive Vice President / President-elect http://www.usdla.org/
  • 35. Mission & Purpose • Mission: To support the development and application of distance learning, education and training (DLE&T) by uniting learners around the world. • Purpose: In 1987, the USDLA was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities globally. • Learning, education and training communities include: • Corporate Training - Pre K-12 - Higher Education • Home Schooling - Continuing Education • Military & Government Education & Training • Telehealth – Multinationals
  • 36. • TV (satellite & cable) Distance Learning • audio tape • audio graphics • audio conferencing Correspondence (1883) Technology-enabled (circa 1950s-1990s e-learning (circa 1995-present) Computer-mediated Electronic-assisted Learning Learning (circa 1990-present) Satellite Video Computer-based Web-based Training e-learning Conferencing Training (CBT) Online Learning Electronic Video tape/DVD Source: Dr. Jolly Holden, 2006 whiteboards
  • 37. This is your brain … This is your brain… Source: Marc Presnky
  • 38. …and this is your brain on games! M O T IV A T I EGO- EMOTIO O N GRATIFICATION N D IN O G CREATIVITY A D R e N A L LEARNING S T R U e ! U R E SOCIAL IN C T FLOW GROUPS JO YM E INTENSE and INTENSE and EN PASSIONATE NT INVOLVEM ENT Source: Marc Presnky AN D
  • 39. Conspiracy Code—History through Gaming
  • 40. Students Administrators Source: OTIS Educational Systems, Inc
  • 41. Summer Programs Distance Learning Summer School is for students who: • need to make up credits to graduate on schedule; • have other commitments and need flexible scheduling; • want to prepare for a future course of study; • could benefit from a different learning environment.
  • 42. Summer Programs • Online courses allow students to get their feet wet in an intended major. • Not all online courses are created equal and parents should carefully weigh their options. Areas of examination should include the course curriculum and design, the student’s role in the course and technological considerations. • Working in an online course as part of a group enables your student to take part in valuable social interactions with other kids of approximately the same age, interactions that might not otherwise occur over the summer. • Given that the student will be participating in the course at home or while traveling, parents need to ensure their own technology infrastructure will support what is required for the course. Confirm those requirements with the course provider.
  • 43. Mrs. JoAnn Stokes, Certified Instructor, Kumon, Bowie, MD (301) 218 4215 http://www.kumon.com/
  • 44. Introduction The Kumon method is a system of self- learning in math and reading based on the individual’s needs and ability. It gives students the opportunity to study, think and solve problems on their own; improves their overall scholastic abilities, and expands their potential for learning.
  • 45. Benefits • Enhanced concentration • Improved study habits • Increased self-confidence • Strong foundation in basic skills • Sense of achievement
  • 46. Kumon is • Self-learning • Mastery learning • Home education • Thorough and systematic • Affordable • A long term commitment • Year-Long • A way to develop potential fully • A compatible supplement • Incremental • Convenient • A way to build confidence • Self-paced • Carefully supervised • Comfortable
  • 47. Discussion