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Creating Meaningful Summer Experiences for Students
3 In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor V. Hanley  May 1-30, July 1-30, November 1-30


Want to help your students avoid the summer ‘brain drain?’ Looking for ways to provide your students with meaningful and interesting summer assignments? This course will provide you with countless ideas for designing summer assignments and activities that will produce results. Lessons will focus on the following concepts: how to use technology in your summer assignments; summer enrichment ideas; remediation opportunities for students; and more creative ways to ensure that your students come back to school prepared to learn and thrive. This course is suitable for all educators, Pre-k to 12. 


How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

Rigor and relevance- these are two terms frequently used to describe the Common Core standards. This course will help you to create meaningful and engaging activities for your students that will keep their skills sharp over the summer. With the CCSS in mind, you will design activities, games, and lessons that students will enjoy completing at home in the backyard or on their computer.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

It is a proven fact that students suffer a loss of skills and information learned over the summer. This course will help you put a stop to that for your students. You will rethink your current summer work assignments, and revamp them to reflect the CCSS and to protect against the summer ‘brain drain.’

Foreign Language and LOTE Teachers

Here is your opportunity to design some unique and challenging summer projects for your students. With the CCSS in mind, you will consider new ways to make summer learning meaningful and fun. Through this course, you will build a summer work program your students will love!

Mathematics Teachers

Summer math work just got interesting! This course will help you design meaningful summer assignments that challenge and assist your students no matter what level of ability they possess. You will learn about interesting ways to create summer work that your students will love completing.

Science Teachers

Summer is the perfect time for backyard science experiments! This course will allow you to explore new ways to make summer science assignments that your students will love doing. You will consider how to use games, online resources, and simple at-home materials to provide your students with hours of summer science fun.

Social Studies Teachers

Summer is a great time to study history’s mysteries or visit historical sights. This course will give you the opportunity to create interesting and challenging summer projects for your students that will prepare them for the rigor of the Common Core standards.

The Arts Teachers

The freedom of summer allows for many opportunities for creative expression of ideas. In this course, you will consider ways to design educational activities for your students that challenge and engage them. Take advantage of this chance to create meaningful summer art projects.

Special Education Teachers

This course will give you fresh ideas on how to create summer activities for your students that are both educational and exciting. You will explore new ideas for remediation and enrichment for your students. 

Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists

Summer is a chance to explore concepts and ideas that students don’t have time to look at during the school year. This course will help you design activities for your students that provide remediation and enrichment, exploration and enjoyment. Take advantage of this chance to create meaningful summer work!

Elementary Education Teachers

The Common Core standards are demanding and rigorous. Teachers need to maximize opportunities for learning. This course will help you do just that. You will learn about and design new ways for your students to learn during the summer. Whether you need to create remediation or enrichment activities, you will find fresh ideas in this course.

Secondary Education Teachers

The Common Core standards require teachers to instill a sense of curiosity and a passion for learning in their students. This course will give you the change to rethink your current summer work assignments. You will find ways to inspire your students to learn new things over the summer break. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to design meaningful summer work!

Media and Technology Specialists

This course will help any media or technology teacher maximize summer learning for their students. In this course, you will learn ways to create interesting and meaningful assignments for your students that can be done with or without technology. Don’t have to create summer work? You can use this course to design summer assignments for your colleagues. Collaboration is an important aspect of the Common Core standards. Here is your chance to do something new!

Career and Vocational Specialists

Summer is a chance to explore concepts and ideas that students don’t have time to look at during the school year. This course will help you design activities for your students that provide remediation and enrichment, exploration and enjoyment. Create assignments that allow students to explore new careers and hobbies, to hone existing skills or learn about new ones. Take advantage of this chance to create meaningful summer work!