Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29th is national Read Where You Are Day! Join the US Department of Education for this day of action and learn how you can help stop summer learning loss and close the achievement gap.
Reading during the summer makes a huge difference during the school year. It can help kids get ahead, catch up or not lose ground when they return to school. When children aren’t in school, they forget crucial skills they learned during the year – at least a month of reading achievement, on average. This phenomenon, known as summer learning loss, is particularly detrimental for children from low-income families. With limited access to books and other academic opportunities in the summer, summer learning loss accounts for 80% of the income-based achievement gap.
These last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to help all young people to strive to read more – wherever you are! Take a photo of you, your family, your students or your friends reading and post it on social media tomorrow using #ReadWhereYouAre. Share your reading photos and invite others to take action and encourage early literacy – today, tomorrow and every day!