Showcase Session: Summer Learning (Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.)


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Staff from Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. discussed the indicators of an effective academic summer enrichment program.

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  • WHAT Provides academic enrichment for rising seventh through tenth grade Scholars. Curriculum includes: Writing Workshop, English Literature, Social Studies and Math. Scholars are also offered a choice between Spanish and French. In addition Scholars are offered a selection of extra-curricular activities. SEP also provides a forum for teacher-facilitated conversations on non-academic issues that affect Scholar success. WHY SEP is part of the array of services provided by the Support Services Department to facilitate the achievement of the organization’s goal of ensuring that every Steppingstone Scholar attends college. WHO Steppingstone Scholars entering grades 7-10 are eligible. SEP is best suited to Scholars who faced academic challenges during the school year.
  • Hold a more full family, Scholars and faculty orientation, as well as a true closing. Schedule will change to accommodate offering an elective period twice a week as well as physical education. A class addressing non-academic issues (leadership, character, diversity) will be offered for each section, meeting 1-2 times per week. Include regular “Scholar Talks” assemblies, with Scholars signing up to deliver the addresses. Continue regular weekly faculty meetings with SEP teachers. SEP Scholars will have regular access to the computer lab.
  • Showcase Session: Summer Learning (Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.)

    1. 1. Summer Enrichment Program Prepared March 2010
    2. 2. What is SEP? WHAT Academic Enrichment Curriculum World Language & Extra-curricular Activities Non-academic Curriculum WHY Part of Support Services programming Mission WHO Steppingstone Scholars entering grades 7-10 Academic challenges
    3. 3. Support Services Demographics 238 Total Scholars in 67 schools Black Asian Black Black Hispanic Other Boys Other Girls
    4. 4. Overall School Composition Other College Prep Public Placement
    5. 5. History of SEP <ul><li>Initiated due to demand </li></ul><ul><li>Lasts 4 weeks in July and August </li></ul><ul><li>Occurs in conjunction with flagship program </li></ul><ul><li>Open to rising 7th through 10th graders </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>* Pilot Program ** Estimated </li></ul></ul></ul>SEP Attendance
    7. 7. Measures of Success <ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of academic improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Return attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Increased confidence in class </li></ul><ul><li>Student reflection </li></ul>
    8. 8. Results of SEP Exit Survey 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Attendance by # Summers
    9. 9. SEP Exit Survey, continued Why did you attend SEP? by percentage
    10. 10. SEP Exit Survey, continued Ratings
    11. 11. Plans for 2010 <ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule Change </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Academic Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Faculty Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Access </li></ul>
    12. 12. Challenges <ul><li>Remediation vs. Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Non-academic Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Defining and Measuring Success </li></ul>