August 1, 2017
The traditional school calendar—fall and spring semesters followed by a long summer break—is a staple on campuses across the nation, from kindergarten to college. Although the majority of U.S. students complete their schooling according to this schedule, it comes with significant drawbacks, including the dreaded “summer slide,” which occurs when students forget what they learned the previous year during the long summer months.
Compelled by a desire to improve their ability to offer real-time remediation and combat the summer slide, one district in Mississippi decided to think outside the box and redesign their school calendar. This episode focuses on the Corinth School District and their experiment with a modified school calendar. We talk to the district superintendent about the thinking behind the modified calendar, then check in with two principals to see how the first year of the program went.
In addition, this month’s Research Minute focuses on makerspaces, which promote cross-disciplinary, hands-on learning for students. Interested in starting your own makerspace? Check out the Renovated Learning blog and the Mississippi Department of Education’s Creating a School Library Makerspace guide.
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