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“Summer learning loss” was explored before a standing-room-only crowd at a free NEF-sponsored panel on May 13th. Local experts provided data about summertime loss and offered practical suggestions for keeping skills sharp in math (bring playing cards to the beach or track baseball statistics) and literacy (let kids stay up late to read). They also reminded parents to balance academic achievement with relaxation, exploration, and fun.

Speakers included:

  • David Farbman, Senior Researcher at the National Center for Time and Learning
  • Joan Kelley, Research Associate and Educational Consultant, Harvard University
  • Judith Wojtczak, Math Curriculum/Instructional Leader, Needham Public Schools
  • Katy Colthart, Clinician, Needham Youth Services