August 5 is this year’s #ReadWhereYouAre day of action, led by the U.S. Department of Education. This initiative encourages reading outside of school, especially during the summer months, by asking people to share photos of themselves reading, using the hashtag #ReadWhereYouAre.
Studies show that not reading during the summer break causes students to fall behind and that lost learning time accounts for 2/3 of the achievement gap between low-income children and more affluent students. The Department of Education suggests that communities, families, and educators all get involved with keeping kids reading and learning while they’re not in school.
At Elevate Teachers, we’re always happy to see education initiatives that address problems that aren’t often discussed. We know that reading over the summer can make a difference when students come back to school – and sharper, more prepared students are good for teachers, too!