Tag: summer brain drain

Foster Care Review Board helps children in serious need. See more state education news here

| July 2, 2019
Foster Care Review Board helps children in serious need. See more state education news here

For less-fortunate children in Arizona, the state provides a safety net. The Dependent Children’s Services Division advocates for safe, permanent homes for foster children and a cornerstone of these services is the Foster Care Review Board. The board is made up of volunteers, more than 600 across the state, who study the cases of foster children and represent their interests in juvenile court proceedings. 

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5 tips parents can use to prevent summer reading loss. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
5 tips parents can use to prevent summer reading loss. See related news here

Children have more free time in the summer to have fun. From enjoying summer camps to video games and TV, there are endless possibilities of entertainment. 

But beware of summer brain drain. 

For elementary school students, the loss of reading skills over the summer accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade, according to the National Summer Learning Association. 

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‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017
‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

Summertime is synonymous with fun — no homework, no tests, no essays and no math formulas.

Such fun, though, can prompt what some educational professionals refer to as the “summer brain drain,” a true phenomenon statistics suggest can lead students to forget as much as 20 percent of what they learned during the prior school year.

“People don’t realize how important the summer months are,” said Denise Murphy, the early literacy coordinator for Arizona Reads Now, a program of the Yavapai County Educational Service Agency.

So how do families combat this syndrome? 

With the same fun that children crave on their summer vacations, Murphy sand fellow educators said.

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Alleviate Summer Brain Drain with Fun Activities

| June 24, 2015
Alleviate Summer Brain Drain with Fun Activities

By Expect More Arizona Summer is traditionally a time for fun. Every child looks forward to the last day of school and the impending ice cream trucks, family road trips and pool parties. There’s one aspect of summer, though, that takes a toll on a young person’s well-being: Summer brain drain. On average, a youth […]

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Stopping the summer brain drain for students

| June 3, 2015
Stopping the summer brain drain for students

June 1, 2015 • By Frank X. Moraga • AmigosNAZ Summer vacation time is upon us. K-through-12 schools are busy completing their traditional school year, with high school, community college and four-year university graduation ceremonies rapidly coming to a close. But while the school year is almost over, this is not the time to kick […]

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