Iowa embraces new school of thought for ‘summer school’: The ‘old, punitive’ model is replaced by programs that help kids build on skills already learned

An increased focus on student achievement, paired with tougher academic standards, is changing the way Iowa schools and communities shape summer programs offered to children…

“When kids lose ground over the summer, it’s hard for them to make it up,” said Mick Jurgensen, principal of Rogers Elementary School in Marshalltown. “High-quality instruction during the regular school year is absolutely necessary, but for many kids, the additional opportunities to learn — rather than being idle — becomes essential.”

Jurgensen’s school uses federal funds and partners with community organizations to provide full-day summer programs for students.

Read more in the July 26, 2013, Des Moines Register.