Video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News
The AAPS Summer Learning Institute (SLI) bolsters student achievement and sets up students for success when school resumes in the fall.
Cathy Stone, an Abbot first grade teacher, enjoys helping students from across the district at SLI.
“It’s fun to be able to provide that extra boost to hopefully get them ready for the fall,” said Stone, who has joined the SLI staff for five summers now.
She said she loves working with interns from the University of Michigan School of Education, who are “like sponges who soak up everything.” The interns often work one-on-one with the AAPS students.
“I learn a lot, too,” said Stone. “It gives me things to take back to my classroom. We have way more opportunities here in this setting to meet with colleagues and collaborate with teachers from other buildings. We don’t get that opportunity the rest of the school year.”
Two sessions of SLI for rising 2nd and rising 3rd grade are held at Ann Arbor Open in July and August. In addition, SLI: Fraction Academy for rising 4th grade will run July 24 through August 4, also at Ann Arbor Open.
The Summer Learning Institute is purposeful and engaged learning for all, said Principal Angie Newing.
“It’s great to see the excitement in students’ faces as they participate in literacy activities, project time, and math,” she said.
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