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Averting The Summer Slide: Schools Aim To Keep Students Learning Over Summer Vacation


As vacation season approaches, schools are offering ways to try to keep students from losing academic ground during the summer -- through reading, practicing math, and engaging in other activities that stimulate learning. We talk with the state's Deputy Commissioner of Education and two N.H. professors about how kids can best use their free time -- and keep learning -- during summer vacation. 


  • Christine Brennan:  Deputy Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Education.  She taught first grade in Manchester for 20 yaers, worked as a literacy specialist and also was principal of Beech Street School before joining the NH DOE.  Read the Deputy Commissioner's recent column on this topic here.  Also, the NH Department of Education is offering resources for parents at this site.
  • Andrew D. Coppens: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences in the Education Department at the University of New Hampshire. He studies how children learn in informal, non-school settings in a range of cultural communities in and outside of the US. Coppens' research has examined how children learn to help and how parents and children collaborate in everyday work.
  • Tanya Sturtz:  Associate Dean of the School of Arts, Education, and Culture at Keene State College, where she is also an Associate Professor in Special Education.  

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