The mission of Sawyerville Summer Learning is to help close the achievement gap and prevent summer learning loss in Greensboro, Alabama. SSL will work toward this mission by hosting a multi-week summer learning program in which students will strengthen their literacy and math skills. Additionally, SSL is invested in helping students grow as scholars and citizens through participation in academic field trips, community engagement, and other enrichment opportunities.
33 students completed the four-week program
96 hours of instruction in reading, math, science, chess, swimming, and maker's space, an engineering program
Three field trips to Birmingham, AL where students visited the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Zoo, and the Civil Rights Institute
Free breakfast and lunch served to every student every day
On average, students advanced by 2.7 reading levels in just four weeks. On average, students not only beat the "summer slide" but gained .5 months of learning in reading and 1.5 months of learning in math.
According to the U.S. Department of Education and The United Way of West Alabama, one in four Alabamians is functionally illiterate, unable to read, write, or use basic math and technology skills in everyday life.
According to the National Summer Learning Loss Association,
During the summer months, low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains.
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.
According to the 2018 Alabama Kids Count Data Book, in Hale County,
36.5% of fourth-graders are proficient in reading.
49.2% of fourth-graders are proficient in math.
the average 11th grade ACT composite score is a 15.
Teach at SSL
We're looking for certified elementary education teachers who can serve for at least one week in the summertime. Teachers receive a stipend, and housing and meals are provided in Greensboro. We'd love to have you on our team!