Guest post by Steven Baule, Superintendent at Muncie Community Schools, Indiana: As we ease into spring, it is a good time to remind our students that there are quite a few educational opportunities for them to take advantage of over the summer. A recent news article from WTOP speaks to the same issues. Summer programming provided by your school should be shared soon with students and their families so they have adequate time to prepare and make choices. At the high school level, many colleges and universities have summer programming specifically for high school students and sometimes even middle school students. Lists of such programs are available at FastWeb, PrepScholar, US News, and others. Taking an online AP or enrichment course may be another way for students to stay moving forward academically. Nearly every state has multiple online options for high school students at this time. Athletic camps are also available and PrepScholar provides some help in deciding whether or not sports camps are a good choice for a student. SummerCamps.com provides all types of camp options, from academic to travel opportunities. Many districts are providing STEM/STEAM-type summer opportunities to help students build on technology skills and allow staff to experiment with more problem-based learning environments than they may be able to do during the regular school year.
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Steve Baule served as a technology director, high school principal, and superintendent for 20+ years in K-12 education. He is currently the director of Winona State University’s online educational doctorate program in Minnesota.