It’s known as the “summer slide,” the learning setbacks that students often experience during their break from school. This year, some are calling it the “Covid Slide,” and the effects are expected to be much more severe, particularly for vulnerable children. Researchers project students could lose up to a full year of the academic growth that would normally be expected.In the aftermath of distance learning, students are likely to return to the classroom in the fall with losses of 32-37% in reading and 50-63% in math.
The losses aren’t spread evenly among all students. Already vulnerable students are expected to suffer the most, with socio-economic achievement gaps widening further due to disparities in access to home internet connections, computers, and direct instruction from teachers.
Arts for Learning Virginia is dedicated to helping address the Covid Slide.
Our curriculum, both in-person and virtual, is designed to act as a bridge between this spring’s distance learning and fall classroom instruction. As our name implies, we’re not just an arts organization—we’re also an organization devoted to education and to promoting literacy through the arts to help students learn in engaging and creative ways. For example, a dance lesson that includes math concepts about fractions and division, without students even realizing that’s what they’re learning, can be just as effective as a teacher’s lecture.
We’ve also been deeply affected by Virginia’s stay-at-home order that shut down schools. The cancellations of spring programming were devastating for both our artists and our organization. At a time when we’ve missed out on tens of thousands of revenue, the programming demands of the Covid era are much more intense for our staff.
Will you consider donating so we can keep bringing arts education to all children, including those most in need of our support? Any amount counts in helping us fulfill our mission. Donate here.