Summer learning programs to expand

The highly successful summer learning program known as Rogers University is leading to an expansion of instruction at elementary schools during the summer in Marshalltown.

An Iowa Department of Education grant will help both Anson and Hoglan elementary schools start similar programs next summer. Both schools will receive $70,184 for next summer to start learning programs for students based on the model used at Rogers, which is in its third year.

“This is going to be similar to Rogers in the focus on literacy and math,” said Susan Pecinovsky, associate superintendent with the Marshalltown Community School District.

The programs continue the effort to curb summer learning loss by students in the district, which is one of the priorities of administrators. Much of the programming is focused on at-risk students.

“For students who are already at-risk, the summer learning loss becomes more of a critical factor,” Pecinovsky said.

Leaders in the district continue to look at how adjusting school calendars and adding programming can lead to the increased student achievement.

“If the funding is available (summer programs) are a very good resource for student learning,” Pecinovsky said.

The total amount of the grant is $280,736 with $70,184 also going to Rogers and Woodbury elementary schools. The Rogers money will help with literacy support and the Woodbury grant will support bilingual staff.

Marshalltown is able to receive the grant funding based on the percentage of students on free and reduced lunches.