The Summer Scholars Collaborative returns in 2020 with 11 programs reaching thousands of young learners across Fort Worth. Each program incorporates reading and writing components into its summer programming, with a goal of ensuring students maintain or improve reading skills going into the next school year.
While several of the programs returning to the Summer Scholars Collaborative have adapted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including offering virtual options, supporting a child’s reading performance over the summer remains the same. Many of the Summer Scholars Collaborative camps run into July and August.
Last year, more than 3,000 students participated in a summer learning program as part of the Summer Scholars Collaborative. Overall, 12 partners at more than 60 sites helped students tackle “summer slide” by gaining or maintaining their reading scores.
“A person’s ability to read, at least at third-grade level, is a crucial quality of life indicator,” said Gleniece Robinson, director of educational strategies for the City of Fort Worth. “Typically, without deliberate intervention, children can lose reading skills obtained during the school year.
“This summer, reading intervention is even more critical given children have been out of the classroom and the results of digital instruction that was provided not yet known. Therefore, the city’s 100×25 Reading Instruction Program is important in bridging the gap.”
The city’s 100×25 initiative will operate onsite Reading Instruction Programs at 19 community centers and two mobile recreation sites for approximately 750 children ages 5-13. Enrollment is capped this year for health reasons after serving about 2,500 students last year.
Read Fort Worth, in conjunction with Summer Scholars Collaborative partners, is tracking the literacy skills of FWISD students from kindergarten through third grade who are participating in the summer programs. Read Fort Worth and partners co-created a toolkit of research-validated resources to incorporate literacy instruction into each day of camp.