Summer doesn't mean a break from school any more. There are programs and resources available for students of all ages to ensure that learning lasts year round.
School’s out for summer? That's just not the case anymore. These days education happens year-round. The lazy days of summer haven't disappeared entirely — they've just had to make a little room for productivity amidst the relaxation.
See our full listing of summer 2014 courses and programs, including pre-college, undergraduate and graduate courses, and professional development for teachers.
Many people have the mistaken impression that college comes to a close in May. That’s just not the case. College campuses across the country remain abuzz with activity even as the temperatures climb higher.
For some, summer is the ideal time to take classes. Undergraduates eager to accelerate their programs or explore new areas of study, can take advantage of summer courses to achieve their objectives.
At Lesley, courses are available to undergraduate students, as well as those pursuing advanced degrees and certificates. Elementary school teachers can take advantage of Lesley’s Summer Literacy Institute, School Leaders Seminar or Mathematics Summer Institute to learn new techniques to bring back to their classrooms. Their art-teaching counterparts likewise can spend their summers honing their creativity in studio residency workshops.
Graduate students who are also working professionals often do not enjoy the same summer breaks as their undergraduate counterparts. For them, the summer is just another season and it’s important that they have access to a variety of courses to stay on track in their degree programs.
With colleges getting more and more selective, high school students are going above and beyond to stand out. Summer is an opportunity for them to seek out new skills or to polish up existing passions.
Through both summer courses, and an intensive month-long summer residency program, Lesley is helping talented young art students keep their creative juices flowing throughout the calendar year.
“For me, the best part of offering so many unique opportunities to high school students is not only to teach them new art-making skills and help them improve their portfolios," said Diana Arcadipone, Associate Dean for Extended Programs.
“I love to observe their transformation when they realize that they can actually make their passion their life. They begin to identify as artists and designers as their skills improve, and as we show them how professional artists have shaped their own careers.”
"The summer before I became a junior I realized I had been missing out on the summer experiences that all my friends who went away to camp had. I thought it would be a good idea for me to do something productive, so I Googled art colleges and found the YAR [Young Artists Residency] program," said program Alumna Shanna Leventhal.
Today’s high school students are savvy and independent. Often, they are the ones seeking out the opportunities rather than relying on their parents.
"The YAR Program was one of the best months of my life so far. If I could go back and see everyone and experience just one day of my classes all over again, I would. Back at home, I feel like a more independent person. College doesn't really scare me as much anymore because I know I'll love the feeling of growing and working with my friends," Leventhal said.
Summer school tends to have negative connotations in the elementary school set, but in reality education year-round is a key component of successful development and growth.
Lesley possessors discussed the need to combat the so-called summer slide that occurs when children head out on summer break.
“The current school calendar – nine months with summers off – was designed to meet the needs of an agrarian society. Considerable evidence, however, suggests that it’s just not enough for today’s students, who need to be prepared for the demands of an extremely competitive global economy,” says Professor Marcia Bromfield, director of the Field Placement and Professional Partnerships Division.
Just because kids aren’t physically going to school, doesn’t mean they can’t be acquiring new knowledge or reinforcing existing skills. Parents and caregivers play a key role in keeping kids' minds stimulated during the summer months. The team at Lesley’s Graduate School of Education put together a list of helpful hints and resources to ensure that kids are still learning in the summer.
School’s not out for summer. Learning lasts year-round.
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