Friday, April 30, 2021

Ann Ishimaru co-authored a new report, "Summer Learning and Beyond: Opportunities for Creating Equity," jointly published by the Learning Policy Institute and the Spencer Foundation. While many education stakeholders have called for intensive remediation for students to address this year of disrupted schooling and potential learning loss, this report argues that intensive remediation alone will not meet students' needs and ― if conducted in a way that is segregating, stigmatizing, and separated from children's real-life concerns ― could even deepen inequalities and exacerbate trauma. As schools and districts plan for summer learning experiences and beyond, Ishimaru and her co-authors argue that it is more important now than ever that they do so in ways that center the range of experiences, needs, and dreams that young people will be bringing with them to learning environments.