Articles by Rachel Samuel

Free Resources and Tools For Teachers to Use During the School Day

Between planning engaging lessons that produce the right learning outcomes, managing student behavior and parent relationships, and ensuring that students remain active participants in class, educators have their work cut out for them.

Why not tap into the free resources and tools available to make life a little easier, and more enjoyable for everyone? Check out these specially curated apps, platforms and websites that will alleviate some of your daily stresses.

Lesson Planning and Curriculum

Every educator knows that one of the most critical elements of the classroom experience is curriculum. Who amongst us hasn’t spent hours agonizing over the best way to teach the Pythagorean theorem, or how to make ancient history relevant, or what would make the digestive system palatable? Well, you don’t have to struggle alone anymore.

Open Curriculum is a great resource for educators who are looking for curated lesson plans, activities, full units, and more across different subjects from leading curriculum publishers. If you’re looking for ready-to-use assessments, EdCite is your go-to platform. By providing tech-enhanced testing items, it not only provides students with instant feedback but also helps them prepare for state assessments.

Common Curriculum takes the headache out of creating lesson plans on paper, by providing flexibility to rearrange lessons, align them with standards, and collaborate with other educators. All three platforms also allow for sharing and collaboration so you can pool resources with other educators in your school, district, state or even internationally to create the best lesson plans.

Student Engagement

Getting students to school is the easy part these days, but keeping them tuned in to what’s going on in class is ever more difficult. Thankfully, as much as technology can be a distraction, it can also be a great tool for student engagement. More educators are capitalizing on digital tools and gamified platforms to keep students actively involved in class.

With Read to LeadⓇ, students get the experience of leading an organization and making decisions that impact others in the community, while achieving literacy milestones along the way. Bring excitement to mathematics with Prodigy, a curriculum-aligned program that allows educators to design assignments, and provide feedback, while students cover core concepts within a fun video game layout. Kahoot! is another educator favorite – a platform for creating quizzes, polls and even open response type questions, it is an instant engagement tool that is useful for assessments and reviews.

Classroom Management

Without effective management, it is easy for a classroom to devolve into chaos. How can you control a class and keep them on task without resorting to threats and punishment? ClassDojo makes it easy to maintain order in the classroom, motivate positive student behavior and build individual student portfolios. It also allows educators to keep parents in the loop, by providing updates on in-class activities, building rapport and strengthening relationships. 


There are a multitude of tools and resources available to educators these days, but what works well for some may not for others. We recommend taking the time to experiment with some of these to see what suits you and your students. 

Have you used any of these apps or platforms, or do you have others to recommend? We’d love to hear what your experiences have been – connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your thoughts! 

4 Fun Ideas to Welcome Your Students Back to School

The first day of school is a special one for both teachers and students. New classrooms, new teachers, new classmates – all of this can lead to students’ feeling anxious and uncertain, which is why it’s so important to get off on the right foot. Ease the nerves and help students get settled in while building rapport with them from Day 1 with these fun ideas!

1. Icebreakers
Save your lectures on classroom rules and administrative announcements for the end of the day. Instead, dive right in with some icebreakers that will help your students to get to know you and each other.

Get-to-know-you Bingo
Distribute 5×5 bingo cards with phrases that relate to students such as “loves pizza”, “can do a cartwheel”, “favorite color: orange”. Have students ask each other questions to find students who identify with the phrases on their bingo card and sign off on them. This encourages students to get to know each other and form new friendships as they find things they have in common with each other.

Tell It with Emojis
Speak the language of your students, with emojis! Put a fun twist on the usual “Summer Vacation Essay” by getting students to share what they did over the summer with emojis. This activity is sure to get their creative juices flowing!

Fit-In Puzzle
Students may have a hard time envisioning how they fit into their new class and with their new classmates. Create a giant blank puzzle and give each student a piece of the puzzle to decorate in a way that represents them. Have the class reassemble the puzzle together to get them comfortable working together, and to highlight that they’re all essential parts of the class. As a bonus, you’ll have a fun display for the bare classroom wall!

2. School Survival Kit
Coming back to school can be hard, especially as a middle schooler. Help students ease back into school life by providing them with a School “Survival” kit. Fill a goodie bag with some basic supplies, important information about class schedules and other need-to-knows, and some fun goodies. You can also include a personalized welcome letter to the student, with some information about yourself to start building that relationship with your student on an individual level.

3. Introduce Technology
Kids these days love technology, and the first day of school is an excellent time to introduce ed-tech tools you may be using during the course of the year. ClassDojo is a fun classroom management tool that allows you to keep parents in the loop with what’s happening in school, while Prodigy helps students learn crucial math skills with a gamified platform. Read to Lead® offers students digital reading games to get them engaged and learn essential skills necessary for the 21st century workplace. Giving students a taste of the tech tools they can expect to be using during the course of the school year is sure to get excitement levels up.

4. Time Capsule
The start of the school year is a great time to set goals for the year ahead. But by the time June rolls around, students have forgotten what they’d hoped to achieve. Why not help them keep track of their goals with a time capsule? Have students write down their goals for the year, and place it in a plastic bottle to be opened at the end of the year. Take it one step further by including samples of their work, and let students see for themselves how much they grow over the course of the year!

The first day back at school doesn’t have to be awkward or stressful. Incorporate some of these ideas into your plan for the day and help your students (and yourself) ease back into school life for a fun-filled year ahead!

Do you have some fun ideas for welcoming your students back to school? We’d love to hear them! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your best ideas with fellow educators!

3 Creative Ways to Elevate Student Voices in New School Year


In recent years, more and more attention has been given to the issue of student voice within the context of education.
Research shows that student engagement, participation and achievement improves with greater student input across all aspects of school life. As such, educators and school administrators are beginning to place more emphasis on listening to students’ perspectives and taking them into consideration in decision-making. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, here are three ways you can help elevate your students voices within the classroom to create better learning outcomes.

🙆🏽‍♂️ Shift From a Teacher-Led to Student-Led Classroom
Gone are the days when teachers stood at the front of the classroom and lectured for hours, while students sat and passively absorbed information. Student-led classrooms are the way forward if you want your students to be actively participating in their own learning, retaining more information, and developing critical-thinking and problem solving skills.

The shift to student-led classrooms can include more debate or discussion style lessons that allow students to lead conversations. Create opportunities within the curriculum for independent study, where students can pick topics they are interested in to further their knowledge. Offer electives, particularly ones that have been requested by students themselves, as another avenue to cater to student interests. Allowing them choice to pursue areas of interest is one simple, yet effective way of elevating student voices.

📓 Emphasize Project-Based Learning
Project-based learning encourages students to be active participants in their own education and gives them more choice in how they direct and demonstrate their knowledge and skills.  By empowering them to discover key learning outcomes for themselves, students remain more engaged through the process and retain knowledge better. Educators can experiment with holistic projects that span content themes, or even cross-curricular projects that reinforce multi-disciplinary skills. Not only will students take more ownership in their learning, but also acquire useful problem-solving skills.

💻 Integrate Technology and Digital Tools
Harness the power of technology and digital tools within the classroom to differentiate learning and give students a greater say in their own education. It is now easier than ever to engage more students, even the quiet, timid or less outspoken ones, with the help of technology. Students who may otherwise lack the confidence to share their thoughts and opinions can now do so with greater ease and comfort when educators integrate digital tools such as Kahoot!, Parlay, YoTeach and NowComment into their classrooms. 

Gamified platforms such as Read to LeadⓇ give students the freedom to direct their learning within a real world context, while allowing students to create their own class website, like this teacher discovered, can help students develop transdisciplinary skills and cultivate essential life skills.


Elevating student voices within the classroom does not have to be difficult, but it does require some careful planning and deliberate choice on the part of the educator. As tempting as it is to stick to tried and tested methods of running a classroom, putting students front-and-center and allowing them to share their thoughts and feedback will have dramatic impact on student engagement, participation and outcomes.

What are your ideas for empowering students within the classroom and elevating student voices? Join the conversation with fellow educators and share your ideas with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Top 6 Tips to Set Up Your Classroom

New year, new classroom! There’s nothing quite like having a “blank slate” classroom to set up, and how your classroom is organized sets the tone for the rest of the year.

In fact, a well thought out classroom can positively impact student behavior, engagement and productivity, as well as make it easier to manage your classroom. Here are our top six tips to set up your classroom for the upcoming year.


1. Form Follows Functionality
The top priority when it comes to setting up your classroom should be function. Having a beautiful classroom is great, but if it doesn’t lend itself to helping your students learn and achieve their goals, it defeats its purpose. When planning the setup of your classroom, ask yourself:

– What purpose does your classroom serve?
– What are the daily routines you have in mind?
– What is your usual workflow?
– How do you want your students to interact with the space?

Keeping these questions in mind will help you visualize your ideal classroom and the must-haves to create the best learning space for you and your students.


2. Spaces and Seats

Every teacher has a limited amount of space in their classroom, and it is in everybody’s best interest to maximize that square footage. Do you prefer tables or desks? Should they be arranged in traditional rows, groups or even horseshoe shaped or more unconventional layouts?

Having a variety of seating arrangements within the same classroom is also an option. Dr. Bob Dillon recommends creating spaces with different purposes (creating, collaboration, quiet time etc.) to make them more learner-friendly and welcoming. Flexible classrooms are also becoming more and more popular in terms of empowering students, increasing engagement and participation.


3. Think Visuals

Having a colorful room is great for lifting spirits and adding cheer, but did you know that too many colors that are too bright or vivid can actually be distracting and visually-overwhelming?

When setting up your classroom, pay careful attention to colors, and avoid “dressing up” your walls with too much. While it is easy to get carried away with putting up posters, a word wall, and other fun decor, remember to leave some room to showcase student work as well.


4. Don’t Just Add, Subtract

As you go about setting up your class for the next year, keep in mind that it’s not just about filling every bit of available space. Having too many things going on in a classroom can create visual overwhelm in students, leaving them unable to engage intellectually. Coco Chanel’s advice when it comes to accessorizing can apply to your classroom – when you feel your room is “ready”, go in and take (at least) one thing out. Sometimes, less is more.


5. Consider Digital

Technology is an important part of the modern classroom. Considering how and when you will use digital resources can help integrate these tools more effectively and seamlessly into your classroom. Do you have a set of desktop computers for students to use in turn or tablets that students can use at their seats? Being mindful of when and where students will be on their devices can help improve student participation and engagement, even as they enjoy learning through fun apps and games like Read to Lead®, Prodigy and Kahoot!


6. Be Open to Change

At the end of the day, the most important part of your classroom is your students. It is as much their space, as it is yours. When school is back in session, be sure to ask them for their feedback about what is working and what could be improved. You may be surprised by some of their responses, but don’t be afraid to make changes and adapt as you go along.

Allowing students to share their feedback and implementing their suggestions gives them a sense of ownership of the space, and also increases their engagement in learning within the space. By working alongside your students, you’ll be able to create the perfect learning environment for your students to thrive.

Encouraging Reading through Game-Based Learning

Connecticut educator Cathy Rubano has been a teacher for over two decades, and while her teaching style has evolved over the years, one of her main goals remains constant: “I try to find as many ways possible to get my students to read.” One of the ways she does this is by using game-based learning, including Read to Lead. Ms. Rubano has been working with Classroom, Inc. since before Read to Lead, back when the program was only available on CD-ROM. She’s found that the game-based approach to teaching literacy and vocabulary really works for her students.

She currently teaches 7th grade at St. Augustine Academy in Bridgeport, and sees today’s middle school students as totally technology-based kids. Using the Read to Lead program in her classroom gives her students a sense of autonomy, and the instant feedback allows her to see who is struggling, and where they need additional help. 

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Ms. Rubano teaches in a diverse school district that includes students from different countries, and with varying levels of English language skills. She sees Read to Lead as a way to bring them together and help them own their learning. In addition to building leadership, literacy and vocabulary skills, the program helps them think about their lives after high school. 

“Many of my kids are from other countries, or their parents are from other countries, so they don’t even know about these careers, or what’s demanded,” Ms. Rubano said. “Read to Lead exposes them to the real-world in terms of what careers are available, how you respect someone at work, and what it means to be a boss. For many of my students, their parents never finished high school. Read to Lead exposes them to new pathways.

Game-Based Learning as Part of Regular ELA Instruction

Because Read to Lead is a game-based program, students are able to engage with the content in a fun way. In her classroom, Ms. Rubano uses Read to Lead once a week, and usually spends two weeks on each episode. If a student finishes other assignments early, they can get on the computer and work on new episodes. She also uses the lesson plans that accompany each episode as an opportunity for her students to get extra credit. 

“When my students use Read to Lead, they are able to go back into an episode and re-do anything they got wrong,” she explained. “It reinforces what they already know, and helps them identify what they don’t know. Being able to work independently at their own pace makes them feel like they can be successful.”

Ms. Rubano also uses the vocabulary from each episode as her vocabulary curriculum because her students are familiar with the words, having defined them and used them in sentences in the games. “Teaching words in isolation is useless,” noted Ms. Rubano. “By using the vocabulary from Read to Lead, my students can master the words because they are using them so much in the game.”

Read to Lead has had an impact on Ms. Rubano’s middle school students because it’s helped them build vocabulary and comprehension. The program has also taught them how to be a leader and make decisions in real-world workplace environments. After working with this age group for so long, she values the skills Read to Lead imparts on her students. “Middle school is where students start to take ownership of what they are learning, how they are behaving, and what they are saying.”

Prevent Summer Slide with These Book Ideas for Middle Schoolers


Inspire even the most reluctant readers in middle school

Summer is a great time to encourage kids to (re)discover their passion for reading. Keeping up with reading habits over the summer break is also one of the best ways to combat summer slide. Without the pressures of school assignments and mandatory book lists, this is the perfect opportunity for students to get a taste of different genres and styles of writing.

Here are some of our book recommendations that will help even your reluctant readers become book fans!

Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli (Grades 5-9, 11-14 years old)

School can be a tough time for kids who feel they don’t fit in, which is why Stargirl is such a great read. When homeschooled Stargirl arrives at a public high school, the students are first enchanted by her and her quirky ways, but just as quickly, they turn on her. Readers will definitely empathize with Leo, Stargirl’s boyfriend, as he grapples with difficult issues like peer pressure, conformity and the challenges of wanting to fit in while standing out. The movie adaptation of the book is slated for release in 2020.

 

 

Smile, by Raina-Telgemeier (Grades 5-7, 9-12 years old) 

The full-color comic panels of this graphic novel will captivate even the most reluctant readers as they embark on a journey with Raina, a sixth-grader who falls and severely damages her front two teeth. Funny and touching at the same time, this tale based on the author’s own life experiences deals with themes of fear around appearance and self-acceptance, and is sure to be a favorite of tweens.

 

 

 

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander (Grades 5-7, 10-12 years old)

A Newberry medal winner, The Crossover is not a typical basketball story. Told in verse form, it’s an accessible introduction to literature with a touching storyline. Kwame excellently captures the themes of family, friendship and health and more with his jam-packed action verses. The Crossover (and its sequels!) brings to life literature in a way that will enthrall students of all ages and backgrounds, whether they like basketball or not.

 

 

 

The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis (Series) (Grades 4-9, 10-14 years old)

Set in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s rule, the Breadwinner series is an extraordinary tale about loyalty, survival, family and friendship. After eleven-year-old Parvana’s father is arrested, the family faces increasingly desperate conditions. One solution emerges – Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner. This easy-to-read yet inspiring book will give students insight into life in Afghanistan during troubled times.

 

 

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan (Series) (Grades 5-9, 10-14 years old) 

More than ten years after it was first published, the Percy Jackson series continues to captivate young readers with its thrilling twists and turns, irreverent sense of humor and loveable characters. This fast-paced book is well-written and brings readers on an exciting journey while introducing them to Greek and Roman mythology – all set within a modern and relatable context.


Whether or not any of these books make the final cut for your students’ reading lists, it’s important to celebrate all efforts to read. Encourage students to select books they’re interested in, and explore new genres they may not encounter during the school year. However, it is just as important for students to pick books within their reading abilities. Too often, students pick books above or below their reading level and either struggle with vocabulary or complex sentences, or lose interest because of the simplicity.

If your students are still resistant to reading traditional books or otherwise lack access to them, platforms like Read to Lead can be a good alternative. The gamified approach helps break down traditional barriers to reading while engaging students and providing them with motivation to improve literacy skills. Whichever path your students choose, whether it be verse, prose, graphic novels or even reading games, ensuring that students are keeping up their reading during summer will make the return to school in the fall that much easier!

Travel Deals & Discounts for Teachers, Because You Deserve a Break!

 

Summer means vacation time for students, but as educators, we deserve a break too! Take advantage of the fact that you’re a teacher and make the most of your summer vacation with these tips and travel deals specifically for educators.

🏨 Save on Accommodations

One of the biggest vacation expenses is accommodation. Good news, educators! If you are a public school employee, you may be eligible for government rates at select hotel chains including Wyndham Hotel Group, Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott. Save even more by doing a home swap or exchange with a teacher from a different state or country. Teacher Home Swap and Teacher Travel Web are great resources that provide a platform for educators to connect with like-minded individuals with similar vacation schedules.

🌴 Make Use of Teacher Discounts at Attractions, Car Rentals and More 

A variety of attractions around the country offer discounts for teachers and educators. If you feel like letting loose at a theme park, major discounts are available at Disney Springs resorts, but if museums are more your style, some places to check out are the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Children’s Museum, Carnegie Science Center, the Boston Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium – all of which offer free admission or other perks for educators.

Check out this list by the NEA for 100 free attractions to visit in some of the top US cities for more inspiration. Being a member of the National Education Association (NEA) also entitles you to discounts on car rentals, cruises and even guided tours.

🌍 Traveling Internationally? Get an International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC)!

 

STA Travel, the world’s largest student and youth travel agency also covers educators. Apply for your International Teacher Identity Card and enjoy perks such as discounted admission, special tour deals, cheap flights and more.

Even if you’re not planning to travel abroad, the ITIC still gives you benefits at a multitude of locations within the US.


🛒 Browse Teacher Discount Websites

Websites have popped up all over the internet offering comprehensive guides of discounts available to educators. Teacher Travel Discounts is a dedicated website with a list of over 100+ businesses that offer promotions, exclusive deals and special rates for education staff.

Teacher.org showcases deals and discounts for teachers, not only related to vacation and travel, but also insurance, clothing and teacher supplies. Popular travel planning site Expedia also offers verified K-12 teachers, faculty and other professionals in the education industry special deals that are worth checking out.

☎️ Just Ask!

It is always worth the time and effort to call ahead and ask any hotels, museums, attractions or places of interest that you’re thinking of visiting if they have discounts or promotions for educators. These may not always be advertised on their websites or brochures, but may still be available for those who ask. Just remember to get a written confirmation of discounted rates and a contact person to make sure the discount is applied when you turn up.

What are you waiting for? Put these resources (and the fact that you’re an educator) to good use and start planning that vacation you’ve always dreamed about!

Million Words Read Challenge Helps Students Feel Success

“Teenagers who immerse themselves in reading become adults who have the ability to unlock more paths that lead to success. The Million Words Read Challenge showed my students that when we all give our best effort as a collective, we can achieve such a huge goal.”

— Holly Crider, Graham Middle School

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Reading Challenges to Combat Summer Slide

“I know my students ended last school year with specific reading skills, so why am I having to review those same skills again this school year?”

Whether this is a thought that has crossed your mind at the start of each school year, or a complaint you’ve heard from fellow educators, it is undeniable that many students do experience reading loss over the summer months.

Why are students experiencing reading loss?
“Summer slide”, the loss of reading ability and other academic skills over the course of the long months of summer vacation, has been studied in depth and documented among students for decades. Yet, it appears that despite educators and researchers being well aware of this phenomenon, parents are still in the dark.

While 94% of parents agree that reading during summer break can help their children during the school year, only 47% of them are aware of “summer slide” and that reading is a key factor in preventing it. This lack of awareness could be a key contributing factor to why students are not reading over the summer and losing valuable literacy skills by the time they return to school in fall.

Another critical reason for summer reading loss is a simple one: a lack of access to books and reading material. Schools and public libraries are generally the main sources of books for students to read, and when schools close for the summer, students lose access to one of their primary sources of books. Particularly in low-income and high-poverty neighborhoods where students often do not have books at home, the summer months turn into a time when students have extremely limited access to print materials.

What can be done to reduce reading loss?
During the summer, parents play an important part in influencing the activities of their children. The first step to helping reduce reading loss over summer is to ensure that parents are informed and aware of the importance of keeping up reading habits during the break. As the top source of information on the topic of summer slide, schools should provide parents with adequate resources on the issue, as well as suggestions for them to maintain their children’s reading habits.

In the UK, the annual Summer Reading Challenge, now in its 20th year, helps get three quarters of a million students into libraries over the summer break. Scholastic and the Los Angeles Public Library also run similar summer reading initiatives. Educators can encourage their students to participate in these initiatives or even organize one within their class, school, or district. Set manageable and attainable goals to motivate students to participate, and reward students for completing individual books. Making it a community activity can also spur student engagement as more and more students become involved.

Now more than ever, educators can harness the power of technology to help students maintain and improve reading ability and avoid summer reading loss. Organizations like Classroom Inc. offer interactive educational games like Read to Lead, and specialized summer programs which focus on improving literacy and cultivating leadership within the context of the modern workplace. The engaging interface can also inspire students to read who may not otherwise be interested in reading traditional books.

Getting students to keep up reading during the summer vacation may be a challenge. By engaging parents, involving the students and harnessing the power of technology, we can help combat summer reading loss and reduce summer slide, keeping our students’ literacy and academic skills sharp for the next school year.

How to Best Motivate Student Participation in Summer Programs

 

Summer is upon us! As educators, we welcome the break but at the same time, can’t help but worry that our students will squander the months of vacation time. “Summer slide” is a well-documented phenomenon every educator hopes to avoid, and that’s where summer programs can be an effective tool in helping students stay on track.

Yet, motivating students to participate in any type of summer program can be a struggle, especially when the summer program isn’t 100% recreational. How can we inspire and encourage our students to dedicate some of their vacation time to furthering their knowledge while making them feel like they aren’t back in the classroom?

Engage Students With Hands-On, Project-Based Learning
“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb

Summer is an excellent time for students to get involved in hands-on, project-based learning that allows them not only to express their creativity but also solidify key concepts they have learned during the school year.

For students who are visual, auditory or tactile learners, this can be an excellent opportunity to pursue non-traditional forms of education beyond just textbooks and blackboards. Providing students with avenues to pursue their strengths and interests will inspire them to participate actively in summer programs.

Demonstrate Relevance to Real-Life
Schools were created with the intention of preparing students for life. However, as the focus in schools has increasingly shifted to producing good test scores and other arbitrary indicators, more and more students are becoming disillusioned with school – and its relevance to life after graduation. A 2017 survey from YouthTruth found that only 54% of middle school and 46% of high school students found what they were learning in school to be relevant to their lives. 

Luckily, technology can help bridge this gap. Educators can take advantage of resources like Read to Lead, a dynamic platform that allows students to improve literacy and leadership skills while exploring a variety of career options. By putting students in the role of key decision maker in the community, they learn valuable life skills and are able to see the connection between what they learn in school and their future careers. Because Read to Lead is a game-based program with numerous hands-on, project-based lesson plans, students don’t feel like they are back in the classroom during their summer break. 

Challenge Students with Multi-Faceted Projects
As a working adult, how often do you work alone, on a project that requires only a single set of skills? The answer is hardly ever. The working world is all about collaboration, teamwork, and leveraging a variety of skills from different disciplines. However, when it comes to our students, we often present them with one-dimensional projects that do not translate to the real world.

Encourage your students to discover how math skills, literacy and comprehension apply to real world situations to help them understand the value of what they are learning. Challenge them with projects that draw on skills they learn in various subjects in school. 

Creating a business plan and implementing the business idea, or designing and building a product that solves a problem in the community are just two examples of a myriad of multi-faceted project ideas that will help students draw connections between their classroom learning and the real world. These projects are also perfect as summer-time activities – students will have sufficient time and energy to dedicate to these extensive projects without having to worry about keeping up with homework.

Multi-faceted projects that push students to expand their minds and see connections between different disciplines can be highly beneficial to students, and a strong motivator – particularly when students are given the chance to take ownership and pride in their projects.

Motivating students to participate in summer programs may not be easy, but when done successfully, can ensure that students have a fruitful summer that contributes to their long-term educational and career success. For example, check out the results from a Horizons National and Read To Lead summer program project where 80% of students reported an increase in reading and motivation to read! Let’s work to create engaging summer programs that will inspire our students to keep learning and growing.