Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementing a summer reading program in a title 1 school

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This summer, I implemented a summer reading program for the Kindergarten students enrolled at our Title 1 School. The motivating factor for this program was the desire for all students to have an equal opportunity for access to books over the summer regardless of their social economic status. Through my Chapter 2 Literature Review, I found that there is a clear achievement gap between middle and low income students. Research shows that they both learn at an equal pace throughout the school year. However, during the summer months the learning gap begins to grow, as low income students do not have access to the same educational resources as their middle income peers. The final product of this capstone is a diary of my experiences implementing the summer reading program. I have also created a program manual that allows other teachers to create this same program in their school.

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