Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy
Did you know? Students from low-income families are much more likely to lose literacy skills over the summer months than their affluent peers, putting them at greater risk of falling behind.
Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy (JSEL) was originally designed is a five-year pilot project to test a summertime literacy intervention as a way to prevent persistent summer literacy loss among struggling readers.
JSEL was launched in partnership with Mile High United Way and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service as part of its Social Innovation Fund, and included a portfolio of ten projects statewide seeking to increase reading proficiency among Colorado's third-grade students.
Click here to see a Mile Hi United Way video talking about the Social Innovation Fund and Jeffco Schools Foundation highly successful, evidence-based JSEL Program.
The project began with about 400 kindergarten through third-grade students at four schools in eastern Jeffco and and in its third year expanded to serve over 600 students in six schools and included 4th through 6th grade interventions.
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE:
JSEL teachers receive two days of intense group training and one day of on site training. They also receive on going professional development and coaching and feedback from Instructional Coaches, but are not formally evaluated so they can take risks and experiment with new strategies and techniques. Teachers go deep with their planning and instruction and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools as well as content specialists. One teacher said: "This is a great way to learn new ideas and access more resources. The low-stress environment allows us to be reflective about our practice and take what we learn during the summer back to our schools/classrooms for the coming school year."
Research shows that it takes about 300 extra hours of literacy instruction for low-income students to catch up in reading and writing. Through JSEL, Jeffco's most at-risk readers will get 360 hours of extra time before they reach third grade.
JSEL is working...
As part of the rigorous requisites of the Social Innovation Fund, independent program evaluations were required and reveal that not only did struggling readers maintain their literacy proficiency over the summer, most actually made literacy gains. In addition, the program shows significant promise of helping students overcome literacy achievement gaps by third grade, removing a major obstacle in their pathways to an on-time graduation.
The program is so successful that Jeffco Schools Foundation graduated from the local Social Innovation Fund after only three years due to our ability to demonstrate academic results and ability to replicate and scale the program within a school district. In our fourth year (2015) the Foundation partnered with the District to expand the program by 700% adding 24 schools for a total of 30 schools.
JSEL is getting national attention for bringing to a public school district an effective program that prevents summer reading loss among low-income and struggling readers and providing a scalable, replicable program to help schools and school districts close literacy achievement gaps. The Foundation is now part of the Social Innovation Fund's Knowledge Initiative to share our best practices and learning.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the most recent report of the Summer 2014 program. This report is the full evaluation of both impact and implementation data collected by researchers at APA Consulting. For context and previous studies, Click here to download a PDF copy Year One (2012) and Year Two Outcomes (2013)by the Buechner Institute on Governance at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Stevens Elementary is hosting students from Pennington and Wheat Ridge 5-8, as well as Stevens students.
Students from Vivian and Stober attended JSEL classes at Stober taught by Vivian and Stober teachers. The schools created a bond and camaraderie they are calling "Stivian".
This is the fourth summer that Swanson is able to offer JSEL. This year students from Thomson Elementary were bused to Swanson for the program.
Click on the link above to see a JSEL story by Jack Mahon, Jeffco Public Schools video journalist and story-teller extraordinaire.
Students from Arvada K-8, Fitzmorris, Lawrence and Allendale attend JSEL classes at Allendale Elementary in Arvada.
First year for students at Deane to participate in the JSEL Program. Students from Stein were also seen at this school.
Glennon Heights and Foothills students attend JSEL classes at Foothills Elementary.
Jeffco Open School Campus is hosting JSEL students from Edgewater, Lumberg and Molholm Elementary Schools.
Students from Westgate and Lasley are participating at Lalsey Elementary in Lakewood.
Students from Belmar and Patterson International are attending JSEL at Patterson.
Students from Colorow, Peiffer and Westridge are attending JSEL classes here.
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