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Summer Learning Institute is Changing the Educational Landscape of Indianapolis

by Katie Bradley | Aug 05, 2013

Fox 59 recently ran a story that featured Marian University’s Summer Learning Institute, a program committed to serving youth in the Marion County area.

Research shows that all students, especially students in urban settings, experience learning loss during summer breaks. The Summer Learning Institute is an innovative, collaborative effort between the community and Marian University to stop this learning loss.

“The summer Learning Institute sends teams of pre-service and beginning educators along with a mentor teacher into community programs that have an academic component. The teachers use hands-on learning activities to build student engagement and skills in math and literacy,” said Judy Bardonner, Ph.D., director of the Summer Learning Institute.

The institute is funded by grants from the partners of the Summer Youth Program Fund: the Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, and the Marion County Commission on Youth.     

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