The Alabama State Dept. of Education is launching free online summer classes, reading programs, and books for all K-12 students.
It’s part of the department’s Summer Learning Challenge to help prevent “summer slump” and keep students engaged in learning when school is out.
According to ALSDE, from May through July, students have access to Stride™, an award-winning digital learning solution that rewards student progress with games; and Big Universe®, an online literacy platform featuring thousands of eBooks.
Stride includes lessons in math, reading, English/language arts and science; success is rewarded with “coins” that can be redeemed online to play Stride’s games. Stride is already used in Alabama classrooms.
Big Universe offers 24/7 online access to more than 14,000 eBooks from well-known publishers with reading and grade level recommendations. It includes read-aloud, guided reading, and writing activities.
“We are excited about this statewide partnership to provide great resources and tips to help parents and teachers support student learning throughout the summer months,” said Alabama State Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey. “Providing opportunities for students to continue their educational growth during the summer break is vital. By staying actively engaged in learning during this time, students can improve their ability to transition into new academic grades and classrooms. Our state is proud to be a part of this special effort to further K-12 student learning and growth.”