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The Nine Principles of Summer Learning from NSLA

"No matter what schools do during the school year, no matter how long the school day or how great the after school programs, if students do not have meaningful summer learning opportunities, they are likely to lose a significant amount of what they have learned." —Summer Learning: Accelerating Student Success

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