At Aim High, we know that middle school students learn best when they are having fun, and when they feel heard, seen, safe and supported. This summer Aim High reimagined digital summer learning by launching its first distance learning program Aim High at Home. Take a look at the activities and work students completed last summer.
This is my daughter Ayva’s first summer as an Aim High student. Her experience will look different than my first Aim High summer. But like mine, it will be grounded in community, connection, academic growth and discovery.
Ayva recently interviewed me about the impact Aim High had on my life (see the video above). Our conversation gave me the opportunity to reflect on my journey and my hopes for hers.
Summer 2020 will be written up in history books: The global pandemic and its devastating economic repercussions; the spotlight on deepening inequities in our communities and education system; the continuing civil rights movement and nationwide protests sparked by the murders of Black Americans… All give voice to critical issues facing this country. All are felt deeply by Aim High students and families. And, after months of sheltering in place, amidst the heaviness of this extraordinary moment, middle school students miss their friends and teachers, the feeling of being together and connected.
The Aim High at Home curriculum is designed to help our students make sense of what is happening in the world around them. Each lesson is constructed with our students at the center, by educators who know that middle school students learn best when they are having fun, and when they feel heard, seen, safe and supported.
Ayva and I will share her Aim High experience in a way I never could have imagined three months ago—me at my virtual office next to her virtual classroom (with her three-year-old brother likely interrupting nearby). Despite the imperfect setting, I’m grateful she will have the rituals, community and academic support that were the foundation of my lifelong love of learning. The journey will be hers and I am eager to see where it takes her.
Aim High Director of Programs and Aim High Graduate
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