Summer in the City: NYC Summer Quest...and More!

Monday, June 11, 2012 -
2:45pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Research shows that preventing “summer learning loss” is a crucial tool to reduce both the achievement gap, to which it substantially contributes, and the drop-out rate. But to prevent summer learning loss, it isn’t enough to add class time in July and August. Just as during the school year, the key to using time effectively in the summer isn’t as simple as having more of it; it is using the time strategically to ensure that students’ whole needs are met – providing learning experiences that build academic skills and also build and engage young people’s “softer” skills (e.g., arts, recreation, social and emotional learning).
In fall 2011, spurred by a funder-sponsored conference on summer learning that brought together researchers, the NYC Department of Education, practitioners from New York and across the nation, and funders with an interest in education, DoE, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Fund for Public Schools began to work with private funders to bring to life a new vision of summer learning in the City. That is the vision informing the NYC Summer Quest, a pilot that starts this July. We invite you to learn about the pilot – and more!


  • Why summer learning is crucial to ending the achievement gap.
  • How summer learning can be best structured to meet student needs.
  • What New York City is doing this summer – and beyond – to provide its students with better summer – and year-round – learning opportunities.
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program with New York City Youth Funders, and the Donors’ Education Collaborative.



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