What Is Data Showing Around Promising Practices for Academic Recovery?
Students need to be met where they are now. It is essential for programming to build on what students need to move forward and be successful. A lot of data points to tremendous student success with an extended school day. When students remain in a place with more support, scheduling and transportation are easier. There has been successful inclusive programming during school breaks in which extracurricular activities are included with academics to create more student engagement.
Reimagining and redefining summer programming has been another key area. Developing a new focus on acceleration in established summer school programs, including teachers who want to be involved, and creating family engagement are huge factors in the success of these programs. R14CC has assembled detailed information in the Accelerated Learning Resource Roundup.
Data also shows that offering wrap-around social-emotional support services and involving more professionals like social workers and nurses in the planning process produces a greater effect on students and coherence in academics. Serving the whole child impacts academics and outcomes.
Professional development is another promising practice. Ensuring all staff, teachers, and administrators are properly trained in accelerated learning, know their role, and engage transparently with families means students will have the best options and supports. Information on professional development regarding learning recovery, using remaining ESSER and other pandemic funds, and resources on how to sustain practices post-ESSER is available at Learning Recovery on the Department of Education’s website.