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Preventing the Summer Slide

Season 3 | Episode 302 | Length: 27:31

What happens to students’ learning when the school year ends and the summer months roll around? Learn about the innovations, techniques, and activities that viewers can use to cultivate continued learning and growth throughout the summer.

Our Guests

Christine Cray

Christine Cray is the Director of Student Services Reforms in the Office of Student Support Services at Pittsburgh Public Schools. In this role, she oversees work in the areas of advancing College and Career Readiness, modifying the District's approach to discipline through the use of restorative practices, and supporting student success through comprehensive Out of School Time opportunities.

Annisha Jeffries

Annisha is the Youth Services Department Manager for Cleveland Public Library. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University, she received her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked at the LIS library by watching endless fun hours of Mister Rogers Neighborhood episodes for the actress who played Lady Elaine.

Emily Kirkpatrick

Emily Kirkpatrick is vice president of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). In her current role, she passionately leads new initiatives and signature efforts and shepherds the organization’s continuous growth to address the learning needs of the 21st century family.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith provides technical assistance for the leadership of summer learning programs across the country. He promotes program quality and continuous learning in the field through his management of the National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Best Practices Database, Affiliation Groups, and Field Consultants.

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