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Over the summer, children in low-income neighborhoods lose more than two months of their knowledge when they are not engaged in any learning. Summer 2020 was even more challenging given the disruptions in learning that started in March. McKinsey & Company conducted a study on the impact of COVID19 on learning, indicating that black and Hispanic students were at risk of experiencing learning losses equivalent to 10 months.
To mitigate the summer learning loss, PRACTICE partnered with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Heckscher Foundation for Children and created a free, virtual, summer academic program for 10,138 NYC public school students completing Grades 3 – 8. Our team designed an engaging online summer experience to help students combat the feeling of isolation and build on their knowledge in math and reading while having fun. The 18-day, 6-week summer program consisted of 1.5 hours of live instruction with a PRACTICE Education Champion and one hour of independent learning work 3x per week (capping screen time to 7.5 hours per week).
By the end of the summer, students improved their reading ability by an average of 30 lexile levels, they read over 1,000,000 pages of grade appropriate texts, and spent an estimated 2,000,000 minutes on Khan Academy to improve their math skills.
“This one day I was thinking how its hard for me to talk to people but the people in my class made it really easy for me and I truly appreciate that. Also, my teacher really took her time to make us understand even if it took the whole class period. PRACTICE is truly the best summer program that I could ever go to.”
– Scholar, Grade 6, Bedstuy Collegiate, Brooklyn
NYC PS 1 Courtlandt is an elementary school based in the Bronx, NY. In 2016 the school had 598 students enrolled (76% Hispanic, 22% Black, 31% ELL, 25% SPED) with just 14% of students achieving a proficient English score on state exams, earning the school a “Needs Improvement” rating for helping ELL students on state exams.
PRACTICE partnered with Principal Perdomo to customize a 4-week summer literacy program for 60 1st and 2nd graders with half of the students being English Language Learners. The course focused mainly on reading comprehension, taking place from Monday to Thursday for 4 hours per day.
In 2018, 26% of PS 1 Courtland students achieved proficiency on state exams and the school was rated two levels higher as “Good” for helping ELL students.
“PRACTICE’s vision aligns well with any school seeking to empower students to mentor and lead themselves. I would
recommend PRACTICE to any Principal looking for quality support.”
– Principal Jorge Perdomo , P.S. 1 Courtlandt School
PS 399 is a pre-K through secondary education public school in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018 the school served 261 students (74% Black, 12% ELLs, 15% SPED) and Principal Williams was interested in helping 59 of her students get a boost to achieve grade-level proficiency in math.
From March 19th to April 30th, PRACTICE conducted a pull-out program for 3 hours a day from Monday – Thursday. This involved taking students in need of extra attention out of class to concentrate intensively on math. Each of the 6 PRACTICE Education Champions worked with 30 students at a time, teaching math lessons according to college-readiness standards.
At the end of the 19-session program, 57 out of 59 students met the state promotion criteria in math – a 97% success rate.
“The fact that 57 out of 59 students met the promotional criteria after only a month and a half shows how good PRACTICE is
at what they do. I highly recommend their company and will continue partnering with them for future services.
– Principal Lakesha Williams, P.S. 399 Stanley Eugene Clark
Baychester Middle School is in the Bronx, NY, serving 300 students (68% Black, 27% Latino, 4% ELL, 22% SPED). A subset of students entered the school reading 2-4 years below grade level.
PRACTICE supported 36 students 2x per week, with a 5:1 student to Instructor ratio, using the LightSail adaptive reading platform for 45 minutes per session.
After just three months, students had read over 7,000 minutes and had grown an average of 126 lexile levels vs. the average middle school growth of 52 – 87 lexile levels. 33 out of 36 students experienced growth in their reading and many students reported voluntarily using the adaptive reading platform at home during breaks and on weekends.
“PRACTICE doesn’t just focus on academic excellence, they also truly care about making a positive lifelong impact on students.
Our students’ reading levels have improved, but their attitude and confidence towards reading also went up.”
– Principal Shawn Mangar, Baychester Middle School
PS 50 Talfourd is a public school in Queens,NY that serves 734 students (44% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 20% Black, 18% ELL, 21% SPED). After a hardworking and successful year Principal Manjarrez wanted to reward her high achieving scholars with an educational and fun summer program.
PRACTRICE created an engaging and unique summer program for 40 students from the 3rd and 4th grades that included a variety of unique activities such as field trips to Google, the United Nations, and Dirtt.
Students were exposed to a breadth of exciting and inspiring career opportunities available to them. They met a UN Secretary and toured the Google headquarters in Midtown. At Dirtt, students learned about virtual reality and got to design and experience their own virtual classrooms.
“All the summer experiences showed our students something new and they always had a smile on their face.
PRACRTICE was well-organized and met all of our expectations.”
– Principal Rina Manjarrez , P.S. 50 Talfourd Lawn Elementary
Fannie Lou Hamer is a middle school in the Bronx, NY serving 289 students (74% Hispanic, 23% Black, 19% ELLs, 24% SPED). In 2018, students at the school had low math performance, with only 4% reaching proficiency.
PRACTICE partnered with Principal Wilson to create and run an intensive tutoring program in Math during the school’s extended learning time. From December to May PRACTICE had 13 Education Champions assist 51 students with a 4:1 or 5:1 ratio, two times a week, for 90 minutes per session. Education Champions dedicated tutoring sessions to improving students’ math fluency by focusing on college readiness standards.
In May 2019 all 51 kids in the program met the promotion criteria in math.
“The intensive tutoring program made all of the difference this past year. By the end of the day,
most of our teachers are tired and having Education Champions brought us the additional energy we needed to make the best use of our extended learning time. The Education Champions always engaged with their students productively and were polite to the teaching staff. Students even requested to be in PRACTICE groups for extra tutoring!”
– Principal Abbey Wilson, Fannie Lou Hammer Middle School