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By Adrienne Fischer

To kick off the summer, this week’s NCSL podcast, “Our American States,” finds host Gene Rose discussing how summer learning programs help close the achievement gap with Matthew Boulay and Representative Barbara Smith Warner (D-Oregon).

kids outdoors in summerBoulay is founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting students’ academic performance and enrichment in the summer.

In this podcast, Boulay discusses his approach to “rethink how children experience the summer” and combat the effects of summer learning loss on students’ academic outcomes.

Representative Barbara Smith Warner has served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2013, and in 2017 she chaired the state’s Summer Learning Work Group. She discusses the group’s findings, published in a brief titled “Smart Summers,” and the work of summer programs in Oregon to promote career readiness and bridge the achievement gap.

Listen to the podcast.

Visit NCSL’s Summer Learning page for more information and resources, including recent state action, news and research.

Adrienne Fischer is a research analyst in NCSL’s Education program.

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